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Bowes Castle

All that remains of the Bowes Castle is the impressive ruins of a 12th Century Keep that originally stood three stories high.  The ruins of the castle are set in a field tucked away in the village of Bowes, the grass banks indicating the location of the moat are visible on two sides of the castle. Visitors can enter the keep and explore the interior through what was originally an arrow slit in the wall.  

With far reaching views over Stainmore and the surrounding landscape the setting for Bowes Castle is very beautiful site.  This free access site is managed by English Heritage and there are interpretation boards to guide your visit.  A trip to the castle is perfect for families with wide open grassy spaces for children to play. 

Local facilities in Bowes village include a children's play area and Bowes is also home to the inspirational school, Dotheboy's Hall, for the Charles Dickens novel Nicholas Nickleby.