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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 3 attractions in Brougham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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English first
London, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
25 helpful votes 25 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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153 reviews 153 reviews
82 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

My wife and I stopped by here this morning, getting there for their opening at 10am. The castle was a good attraction, it is reasonably priced (just over £4 for an adult) and is rather impressive. There is no parking which is confusing but resolvable due to a nearby quiet road. The castle itself is in good condition, and there... More

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133 reviews 133 reviews
36 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Owned by English Heritage, so free to members, otherwise small charge to enter. The ruins are kept well. It's in a picturesque location, which allows for photo opportunities, but not much else to do. Toilets available in the small entrance building. No designated parking, but there is a small no through road opposite where you can park, would imagine it... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is a good and interesting place, quite a bit for the kids to explore and a pleasant location. The ideal place to photograph this is from the bridge where the A66 crosses the river Eamont - but the perfect time of day for that is very early on a summer morning to get the light right. Worth going back... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Had a wonderful afternoon here.... No facilities to speak of, though the castle itself is a wonderful reminder of why we British have such a sincere sense of history.....

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