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Brougham Castle

1.5 miles south-east of Penrith on minor road off A66, Brougham, England
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Brougham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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English first
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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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77 reviews 77 reviews
35 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 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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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Brougham Castle is a lovely ruin, with plenty to still look at and rooms to go in and a tower to climb, the views from the top are stunning defiantly worth a visit if you are in Penrith. We were lucky enough to see a pair of Oyster catchers nesting in the middle of the court yard.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We found the staff very friendly and a great place to visit. We took our dogs all the way to the top of this castle and it was quite scary! Very interesting place and ideal for inquisitive children. wheelchair access to lower levels.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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187 reviews 187 reviews
93 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

A quality English Heritage property. Well kept and plenty of information boards. Made more interesting by the nearby a Roman fort. Very picturesque setting.

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