Only the large 50 foot high square keep remains of the 12th century castle, built in the corner of the Roman fort Lavatrae which was sited on the highest point in the area. It was damaged during a siege in 1322 but was in use until the Civil War when it was ruined. It appears that the keep may never have been defended by a curtain wall, just a moat.
English Heritage, open.
|By the A66, 12 miles east of Brough|
|Bowes, Durham DL12 9LG|