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Bowes Castle was built between 1171 and 1187 on the site of the Roman fort of Lavatris. The Roman fort can be traced for most of its perimeter.
The castle now stands in a field surrounded by a moat on two sides. The keep is the only surviving part. It is rectangular in plan, with broad, flat buttresses at the corners and halfway along each wall.
It was constructed to guard the strategic route known as the Stainmore Pass, and was occupied from the late 1st century AD to the late 4th century. The importance of this route and the crucial defensive position of the fort were recognised by Henry II who built the keep in the north-west sector of the fort.
For visitors with access needs, the rubble pathway to the castle is unsuitable for wheelchairs.
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- EuanC25Trip Type:Solo travelWorth a lookSunday, 15th August 2021Not much to see, if you're passing by I'd recommend having a look, but I wouldn't travel any great distance to get to it. You can also combine it with a trip to Barnard, Brough and Brougham Castles... Read full review
- Carol BBirmingham, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesBOWES CASTLEMonday, 4th October 2021Sunday 29th August 2021, My husband and I went to visit Bowes Castle under the care of the English Heritage. Bowes Castle was built between 1171 and 1187 on the site of the Roman fort of Lavatris... Read full review
- MadamKayBromley, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesOnly a short visit requiredMonday, 8th May 2023If you’re driving through Bowes, which is pretty enough, then it’ll probably be worth a quick look. But, seriously, don’t go out of your way. Historical? Yes. Much to it? No. The views around are... Read full review
Parking & Transport
- Car Parking Offsite - The closest car park can be found in Bowes Village.
- Dogs Accepted - Dogs on leads are welcome.
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