Castles monuments in Cumbria
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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Cumbria & The Lake District

Heritage sites also including Battlefield sites, Historic Landmarks & Roman Forts in Cumbria & The Lake District...

Cumbria & The Lake District Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8AE
Tel: 015395 60070    Fax: 015395 60951

Sizergh Castle Photo  John Davidson
Sizergh Castle -
Photo: John Davidson CCL

Sizergh Castle rock garden Photo  Margaret Clough
Sizergh Castle rock garden -
Photo: Margaret Clough CCL


Medieval castle extended in Elizabethan times, with handsome gardens.

Originally built in the Middle Ages by the Strickland family, who still live here, this imposing castle has an exceptional series of oak-panelled rooms culminating in the Inlaid Chamber.

The house contains fine collections of 16th- and 17th-century oak furniture, arms, armour and tapestries.

The grounds are laid out in late Victorian style and feature a herbaceous border, orchard, topiary, sculpture and a woodland walk.

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Castlerigg: Long Meg and Her Daughters

Castlerigg Stone Circle - Photo  Harold Potts
Castlerigg Stone Circle -
Photo: Harold Potts CCL


Fantastically positioned amidst the Cumbrian Mountains is the Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of the oldest and best examples of its type in Britain.

It is thought to date from around 3200BC, and its builders chose a field with outstanding views, known locally as Chestnut Hill, in which to erect their site.

To the north the heights of Skiddaw and Blencathara can be clearly seen, to the south lie High Rigg and Helvellyn, whilst west are the Derwent Fells and east, through a gap in the surrounding hills, one can glimpse the further Northern Pennines. More...

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The Stone Circles of Cumbria

Mayburgh Henge - Photo  Humphrey Bolton
Mayburgh Henge - Photo: Humphrey Bolton CCL


Once part of the ancient kingdom of Rheged -- the southern province of a realm of Brithonic Celts which stretched from the English Lake District to the river Clyde in Scotland -- the modern county of Cumbria lies on England's north western border.

Uther Pendragon, father of the legendary Arthur, is said to have ruled here in the 5th Century, and few areas of Cumbria lack some association, however tenuous, with Arthurian legend. More...

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Dalton Castle

Market Place, Dalton-in-Furness, LA15 8AX
Tel: 01524 701178     Fax: 01524 701178

14th-century tower. Located in the main street of the town, the tower contains a local history exhibition organised by the Friends of Dalton Castle and a display about the painter George Romney, a native of Dalton.

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Brougham Castle

Brougham, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2AA
Tel: 01768 862488

You can wander through the impressive ruins of the 13th century fortress, admiring its lovely location of the banks of the River Eamont. The keep is the oldest part of the castle still standing; the bottom three stories are from about 1175. You may explore the keep, walking around the rooms which include the castle's hall on the first floor. On the second floor is the lord's chamber, in which Lady Anne slept when she stayed here, and in which she died. On the third floor is a passage all the way round within the walls, and from various points you can get impressive views of the other castle buildings and the surrounding area. The castle is in the care of English Heritage. There is a small shop, and an exhibition of important Roman tombstones from the nearby fort. A guide book is available which explains the history of Brougham and Brough Castles, and includes plans and photographs of both.

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Carlisle Castle

The Castle, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8UR
Tel: 01228 591922

Carlisle Castle is a great medieval fortress that has watched over the City of Carlisle for over nine centuries. Visitors can explore fascinating and ancient chambers, stairways and dungeons and find the legendary 'licking stones'. Here, parched Jacobite prisoners found enough moisture to stay alive, only to be brutally executed on Gallows Hill. Uncover a fascinating history through lively exhibitions, offering an insight into William Rufus, Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. You may take a guided tour of the Castle. There is a gift shop with a range of souvenirs with a medieval theme.

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Lanercost Priory Ruins

Lanercost Priory, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2HQ
Tel: 01697 73030

The remainder of the Priory, second only to Furness Abbey in interest as a ruin, is now in the hands of English Heritage. There are the remains of the North and South Transepts, the Choir, the Sanctuary and the Cellarium. The Prior's House, originally a Pele Tower, was converted after the Dissolution into a private dwelling for the Dacres. Within the ruins are several interesting tombs, including that of Sir Thomas Dacre. An audio guided tour of the ruins is available from the English Heritage shop. There is a book and gift shop in the English Heritage ticket office, and also in the Parish Church. There are occasionally craft fairs held in the Dacre Hall.

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