This early 13th century castle is just over a mile and a half from Penrith and can be clearly seen and accessed from the A66. Entrance is through the gift shop which features a small exhibition (no café, but yes, there are toilets). The great keep is largely intact and so is the impressive double gatehouse. The property is dotted with signs detailing the castle’s history so you understand what you are seeing (who built it and when, who renovated it, which famous persons visited, etc.). One of the best things was climbing up one of the towers (find the medieval toilet) and looking at the people faaaarr down below at groundlevel. Be sure to look at walls and ceilings closely; decorative/architectural details are still found in places. Look for age-old graffiti (along with modern-day scribblings) in one of the rear tower’s lower levels. Visiting Brougham Castle was enjoyable because there was lots to explore even though it’s not a large castle. It’s also got picnic tables on the castle grounds, great for having a snack or resting after all the stair-climbing!
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