Egglestone Abbey



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Take time to visit Egglestone Abbey, just over a mile to the southeast of Barnard Castle. The White Friars, or Premonstratensian Canons, lived an ascetic life here from around 1196 until they were turfed out by Henry VIII when he dissolved England’s great religious foundations. In 1548 the abbey, minus its Canons, was sold to Robert Strelley, who made part of the cloisters into an Elizabethan house – now itself a ruin. The beautiful but scanty ruins are located above a bend in the Tees. You can still see parts of the church, although the Canons’ living quarters have survived less well.

Egglestone Abbey


  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Set down close to venue for disabled visitors
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-6. Closed 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan

About the area

Discover County Durham

County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.

The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2. 

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