We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Tees Barrage & Stockton


Hidden world arch

Planning your visit

Address: Tees Barrage Way, Tees Barrage, Stockton on Tees, TS18 2QW View on Google map

Opening times: Towpath and walkway open every day

Price: Once you're there, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café

It’s where our canals and rivers meet the sea!

Sitting on our most northly river, the River Tees, is our own angelic attraction – the Tees Barrage. We know what you’re thinking – it’s an impressive civil engineering project but what makes it a great day out?

While its vital statistics are indeed incredible - £55 million to build, 70 metres wide, 50 tonne fish belly gates holding back the tide – to name but a few. It’s what the barrage has created that is truly inspiring and well worth a visit. Olympic standard water courses, wildlife habitats, a rediscovered heritage and a rejuvenated community all start their stories around our Tees Barrage.

Did we mention watersports? If it's on water, you can do it at Tees: windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing, rowing, angling - even powerboat racing and white water rafting. 

Things to do and see

Places to eat:

Boat trips:

Picnic spot:

There is a good grassy area for a picnic

Trails:

Airtrail

Wildlife spotting:

While there's plenty of places to spot swans, ducks, as well as our new wildlife garden, at Tees you can see something alittle more ocean-going. Seals, and sometimes, whales swim up river to the barrage!

Getting here

By boat - plan your safe passage on the River Tees with our River Tees Guidance Notes and Barrage Reach timetable

By car - There is a large free car park along navigation way. You can also park at the Tees Barrage International White Water Cente

By train - Thornaby Station is the nearest at a 10 to 15 minute walk away

By cycle or foot - there are some brilliant cycling and walking routes and path all around and across the barrage. You can find more information and maps about walking in the Stockton area, on the council website

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