Bowes Castle

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Bowes Village, Durham, DL12 9HP

Before You Go

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.

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