Local Attractions

The Village of Middleton-in-Teesdale 


Middleton in Teesdale is a picturesque village located at the heart of the stunning English countryside. The gateway to the North Pennines designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Middleton has an old fashioned and relaxing charm that makes it a perfect location to visit.

Tourist Information

Email: tic@middletonplus.myzen.co.uk

Tel: 01833 641001

The Market Town of Barnard Castle

Barnard CastleBarnard Castle has historical character and has been recognised nationaly as one of the 51 most historically and architecturally important towns in Great Britain.

Where to find Barnard Castle




The Bowes Museum  

Bowes MuseumNamed after its founders, John and Josephine Bowes, this fascinating attraction opened in 1892. Today there is more than ever to see an do for all ages at The Bowes Museum. Come and share our passion for the wonderful collections of European fine and decorative arts, enjoy exhibitions, relax in the park and sample fine local produce in Cafe Bowes. The busy events programme runs throughout the year with everything from art workshops to outdoor theatre. See the website fro details. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Email: info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Web: www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Tel: 01833 690606

Location: The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP

Opening Hours: Open daily 10.00 - 5.00 (Winter closing at 4.00 1 Nov-29 Feb) Closed only 25 & 26 Dec & 1 Jan)

Pricing: Adults £7.00 Concessions £6.00 Children free (under 16) Carers Free Free access to Cafe Bowes, Shop and Grounds.

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Bowlees Visitor Centre

Bowlees Visitor CentreHoused in former Methodist Chapel, the centre is an ideal base for exploring Upper Teesdale and was established by Durham Wildlife Trust to interpret the natural history of the area. Light refreshments are available as well as a range of maps, souvenirs and wildlife and local interest books. The centre is open daily between Easter and the end of September from 10.30am to 5pm, with displays providing a wealth of information on the wildlife, landscape and people of Upper Teesdale. Bowlees has excellent footpath links that allow the visitor to enjoy Upper Teesdale's spectacular natural beauty.

Email: info@durhamwt.co.uk

Web: www.durhamwt.co.uk

Tel: 01833 622292

Location: Bowlees Visitor Centre Bowlees Nr. Middleton-in-Teesdale Co. Durham DL12 0XE

Opening Hours: Easter to September daily between 10.30am and 5pm

Pricing: Free

Where to find the Bowlees Visitors Centre

Eggleston Hall Gardens

Eggleston Hall GardensThere are four acres of garden within a high wall which formed the original kitchen gardens of Eggleston Hall. There has been a house on the site for almost 400 years.Old diaries record crops of apples, pears, cherries, plums, apricots, walnuts, gooseberries, strawberries, artichokes and other vegetables. May of these are still cultivated today using traditional organic methods and may be bought from the gardens when in season. The ornamental gardens are laid out informally and provide many delights and surprises for enthusiasts and specialists as well as a family day out. A moorland stream runs through the gardens and there are many rare herbaceous plants and shrubs to be seen. A replanting programme is underway to build and improve upon this wonderful legacy, and planting suggestions are always welcome.

Email: mbhock@btinternet.com

Web: www.egglestonhallgardens.co.uk

Tel: 01833 650115 Fax: 01833 650971

Location: Eggleston Hall Gardens Eggleston Barnard Castle Co. Durham DL12 0AG

Opening Hours: Open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Pricing: Adults £1.00; Children free

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Hannah's Meadow

Hannah's MeadowHannah's Meadow is siuated in the heart of the North Pennines Ares of Outstanding Natural Beauty (A.O.N.B.) which comprises of one of the most extensive and remote areas of upland England. The area has a distinctive character and a unique historic heritage consisting of uninhabited heather moorland intersected by green, settled dales.

Web: www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/durham

Tel: 0191 5843112

Location: From Barnard Castle follow the B6277 to Romaldkirk and then follow the Balderhead road via Hunderthwaite. The Reserve is adjacent to the public road a 1 1/2 mile east of the Balderhead Reservoir Car Park. The Pennine Way footpath runs through the Reserve. contact point: Rainton Meadows Houghton-le-Spring Tyne and Wear DH4 6PU

High Force

High ForceHigh Force is one of the most impressive waterfalls in England. It is situated on the Upper Teesdale Raby Estate, near Middlton-in-Teesdale, approximately 20m miles from Raby Castle.There are viewing platforms at the base and the top of the waterfall athat are accessed via steps. Children should be supervised at all times. High Force is open all year.

Email: teesdaleestate@rabycastle.com

Web: www.rabycastle.com

Tel: 01833 640209

Pricing: Adult (16+) £1.50 Over 60 / Concessions £1.00 Car Park £2.00 per car

Kingsway Adventure Centre

Kingsway Adventure CentreKingsway is renowned for the quality and variety of the residential courses that they offer. Programmes are designed in close co-operation with group leaders. They aim to meet your needs and budget with a flexible, modular approach to course design. They run residential courses, activity days, day camps birthday parties and a school holiday programme.

Activities available include: Gorge walking, Canoeing, Team tasks, Kayaking, Raft Building, Caving, Ropes Course, Archery, Rock Climbing, and Abseiling, Orienteering, and Air rifle shooting

mail: enquiries@kingswaycentre.co.uk

Web: www.kingswaycentre.co.uk

Tel: 01833 640881 Fax: 01833 640155

Location: Kingsway Adventure Centre Alston Road Middleton-in-Teesdale County Durham DL12 0UU

Moor House - Upper Teesdale

Moor HouseIn the backbone of England, around the headwaters of the infant River Tees, 8,700 hectares of upland country forms one of England's largest National nature Reserves. The reserve encompasses an almost complete range of upland habitats typical of North Pennines, from lower lying hay meadows, rough grazing and juniper wood to limestone grassland, blanket bogs and summit heaths of the high fells. Nowhere else in Britain is there such a diversity of rare habitats in one location. Of special significance is the flora which originally colonised the high Pennines following the last ice age and has survived here ever since. Geological features include spectacular waterfalls and rare formations such as outcropping sugar limestone and the Great Whin Sill.

Web: www.naturalengland.org.uk

Phone: 01833 622374

Location: Langdon Beck and Cow Green: take the B6277 Alston road out of Middleton-in-Teesdale for about seven miles to the Langdon Beck Hotel, where a minor road leads off left to the car park at Cow Green Reservoir.

Raby Castle

Raby CastleThis dramatic medieval Castle, built by the mighty Nevills has been home to Lord Barnard' family since 1626. Discover the fine collection of furniture, impressive artworks and elaborate architecture You cannot fail to enjoy a visit to this magnificent Castle. The 18th Century Walled Gardens are still graced with many of the original design features including two magnificent yew hedges and an ornamental pond in the Central Garden, Close by is the 18th Century Coach House where you can see a fine collection of carriages. There is also a tea room and gift shop. Dogs are not permitted in the Castle and Gardens, but are welcome in the Park on short leads.

Email: admin@rabycastle.com

Web: www.rabycastle.com

Phone: 01833 660202  Fax: 01833 660169

Location: Raby Castle is situated on the A688, 8 miles NE of Barnard Castle. It is easily accessible from major routes including the A1(M) and A66. There is ample free parking.

Opening Hours: Easter - Sunday to Monday May, June and September - Sunday to Wednesday July and August: Daily except Saturdays Park and Gardens: 11.00am - 5.30pm Castle: 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Pricing: Castle, Park and Gardens Adult £9.50 60+ / Students £8.50 Children £4.00 Family (2+3) £25.00 Park and Gardens £5.00,£4.00,£3.00,£12.50 respectively

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