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Brougham Castle

Address: 1.5 miles south-east of Penrith on minor road off A66, Brougham, England
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Brougham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Ancient ruins, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Castles, Ancient ruins, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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San Francisco, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Located conveniently off the A66, the Brougham Castle sits idyllically among grazing fields, small groves of old trees and the River Eamon. It's easy to access and there's ample parking along the street. There's a small visitor center - part museum, and part gift shop that offers refreshments and has toilets. For a mere £4 you can explore the ruins,... More 

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Bacup, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Steeped in history of the Cliffords, lots of information around about the castle! My husband enjoyed being a big kid and climbing to the top of the keep! Lovely location and its nice that there is a gift shop with toilets and a coffee machine as it's remote. The lady who manages it is very friendly and the coffee was... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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133 reviews 133 reviews
82 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

It would be great to explore the remaining passages of this 13th century ruin. Nicely located by the river, only a stone's throw from A66 and very easy to reach by car. I could only admire, from the Brougham Bridge, what’s left of the castle, as I happened to be here when it was closed. Still a memorable afternoon, very... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We had passed Brougham castle a few times in the car and even walked by, but from a distance didn't think it was going to be worth the price and maybe difficult with a 3yr old 5yr old....We were wrong. We spent a great hour and half, walking around the castle, exploring everywhere and comparing the parts of the castle... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This castle description intrigued us and we were not disappointed. It is run by English Heritage and although a ruin has lots for those with an enquiring mind to see. There are many rooms, stairways and corridors with many views of the surrounding countryside. The Staff, as usual, were knowledgeable and helpful. A small but easy walk leads from the... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We enjoyed climbing around what's left of this old castle and Roman ruins. The view from the top floor is worth the climb up the stairs.

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Brougham Castle (pronounced Broom Castle) is a castle ruin that boasts over 800 years of history. Incredibly owned for the majority of that time by just two families, the Vieuxponts and the Cliffords. Both Edward I (1300) and James I (1617) stayed here in its heyday. In the latter years the castle fell into ruins but there is still much... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was a highlight of a recent camping trip in Penrith. The tickets are good value (we are not members of National Heritage) and the castle has a mixture of ruins and preserved sections. The view from the top of the spiral staircase is definitely worth it. Some interesting bits and pieces in the gift shop too.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Loved this castle. The young attendant was most informative and friendly. It is a ruin but get the handbook or research online beforehand and check out the history! We visited Brough too (separate review).

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A beautiful ruined castle set in stunning grounds, just look out for the sheep. Stunning views from the top, although the stairs are a bit dodgy, but worth it.

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