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Brougham Castle, Brougham

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In a picturesque setting beside the crossing of the River Eamont in Cumbria, Brougham Castle was founded in the early 13th century. This great keep largely survives, amid many later buildings - including the unusual double gatehouse and impressive 'Tower of League'.

Both a formidable barrier against Scots invaders and a prestigious residence, the castle welcomed Edward I in 1300. A complex of passages and spiral stairways makes Brougham a fascinating castle to explore, as well as an ideal picnic setting for a family day out.

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  • A dull November day is probably not the best time to view this Castle. You are able to ascend some very high steps to the top which would provide the visitor with great views over the nearby river...  more »
  • I've noticed this for years and never had the chance to visit until now.Plenty of history well explained, not a lot to see but what is there is interesting. Lovely views if you choose to climb the...  more »
  • A stunning location and a great bit of history dating back to the Romans and beyond. From the top of the castle, where some exquisite stonework can be found and the flag flies tall you can clearly see the outline of the Roman fort in the field next door. The English heritage staff couldn't be a more helpful bunch, and the keep the grounds in great condition. A small gift shop, where hot drinks can be purchased can be found at the entrance. Be aware that parking is quite limited. I had the entire place to myself during a very peaceful visit in late August 2019.
  • A very well maintained property by English Heritage. Easily accessible just off the A66 a few miles East of Penrith. The one member of staff at the small entrance/shop was friendly, well turned out and informative. The grounds were well kept and are easy to navigate for all ages. A lovely setting even if the noise from the main road spoils the tranquility a bit. This is more than offset though by the surroundings including a river, open wooded area and rolling fields although these aren't part of the main site they definitely add to the atmosphere. The castle itself is in pretty good order with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. This includes the ability to walk up to the top of the Keep. Worth a short stop if you are in the area although there is no cafe/food to be had they do have a small array of drinks and ice cream. Bring a picnic as there is plenty of seating and tables in the castle itself or your able to sit on many grassed areas in and around the building itself.
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