3 December 2019

Egglestone Abbey


Egglestone Abbey is a ruined abbey on the banks of the river Tees, just outside of Barnard Castle. The abbey was founded in the late 12th century between 1168 and 1198, but was dissolved in 1540. Egglestone is maintained by the English Heritage but admission is currently free; the site is open from 10am to 6pm daily.

There’s a small carpark just outside the castle, so we parked here before heading inside to look around the ruins.


We walked to the nearby town of Barnard Castle which is just under 2 miles from the Abbey. The walk takes you through woodland but there’s an alternative route which we took on the way back which mostly follows along the River Tees.


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