Egglestone Abbey

Egglestone Abbey general view across the trees
Egglestone Abbey from the north-east
Windows of Egglestone Abbey
Egglestone Abbey ruins

Free Entry

Open daily, 10am-6pm


Bowes Village, County Durham, DL12 9TN

Before You Go


The charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons', picturesquely set above a bend in the River Tees near Barnard Castle.

Remains include much of the 13th century church and a range of living quarters, with traces of their ingenious toilet drainage system.

Read more about the history of Egglestone Abbey.

Before You Go

Access: Disabled access is limited. View details.

Parking: There is a small free car park at the site.

Facilities: There are no facilities at the site but snacks and toilets are available at nearby Barnard Castle. View details.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Plan a Great Day Out

Egglestone Abbey sits above a bend in the River Tees, and is an ideal site for a picnic.

Stretch your legs and walk to the 12th century Barnard Castle.  The walk partly follows the river, and takes around 40 minutes. Barnard castle looms over the river in the heart of the town.  It has a shop selling drinks and snacks. Explore the ruins, take in the stunning views over the Tees Gorge and visit the sensory garden.

Also nearby are Bowes Castle and Stanwick Iron Age Fortifications.


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