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.
New for 2022, you can also join our knowledgeable and friendly volunteers for guided tours. Our tours are held on the following dates and times, no pre-booking required. Any changes to the schedule will be communicated through our website. Please meet at the entrance gate to the site.
- Saturday 14th May 2022, 14:00
- Saturday 21st May 2022, 14:00
- Saturday 28th May 2022, 14:00
Before You Go
On select dates throughout the summer, weather dependant, volunteers will be on site to give short talks and answer visitor queries. We also run a programme of volunteer guided tours, please see above for dates and times. Any changes to the schedule will be communicated through our website.
Access: Disabled access is limited.
Parking: Car parking is available on site with a £2 charge for non-members payable by text. Parking is free for Members with a valid English Heritage car sticker on display. If you would prefer to pay in advance of your visit, please visit our parking payment service website.
Facilities: There are no facilities at the site but snacks and toilets are available at nearby Barnard Castle.
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.