Bowes Castle

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Bowes Castle
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Looking for: Heritage, Historical
Address: Bowes Village, Durham, DL12 9HP
Postcode: DL12 9HP
Age Group: All Ages
Kids Activity: Outdoors
Telephone: 0370 333 1181
Website: Click Here

Attraction Information:
 The impressive ruins of Henry II's 12th century keep, on the site of a Roman fort guarding the approach to strategic Stainmore Pass over the Pennines.

Read more about the history of Bowes Castle.



Before You Go


Parking: Parking is available in the village.

Access: The rubble pathway to the castle is unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Facilities: Bowes village has a pub and public toilets.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.



Plan a Great Day Out

Bowes Castle is part of a small cluster of English Heritage sites in the south of County Durham - why not make it a day out and visit all three?

A short journey east takes you to another 12th century fortress, Barnard Castle.  This site looms over the river in the heart of the town, and has a shop selling drinks and snacks, along with a sensory garden.

A 40 minute walk from Barnard Castle will take you to the remains of Egglestone Abbey, where you can see remains of the 13th century church and a range of living quarters.
Set above a bend in the River Tees, Egglestone is a great spot for a picnic.



Opening Times
1 May 2017 - 24 March 2018

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours
25 March 2018 onwards

Opening times will be available nearer the time