Egglestone Abbey

Free Entry

Open daily, 10am-6pm. £2 parking charge applies to non-members.


Abbey Lane, Barnard Castle, 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

Talks: On select dates throughout the summer, weather dependant, volunteers will be on site to give short talks and answer visitor queries. 

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.

Please note that we do not permit overnight parking.

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

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Drone flying: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. Please see our drone filming guidelines for more details, or email our Filming team.

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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