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Gothic architecture par excellence

We were privileged to visit Appleby Castle Recently on one of the guided tours. It was informative... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan J
York, United Kingdom
Castle Tour

Our guide tried to bring some personality into the hour long tour but he really didnt have a lot to... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2019
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Deep in the heart of the Eden Valley, nestling alongside the meandering river Eden, stands Appleby Castle. This spectacular motte and bailey castle has been held by the Kings of England and Scotland and boasts one of the few remaining intact Norman...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Appleby Castle Boroughgate, Appleby-in-Westmorland CA16 6XH, England
+44 17683 30318
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All reviews guided tour the owner evening meal games room next morning full english friendly lady grand hall estate manager walk round the grounds food was amazing steeped in history feel very welcome personal collection the cottages special thanks dining room
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were privileged to visit Appleby Castle Recently on one of the guided tours. It was informative and breathtaking. The present owner has sourced items and reproductions from all round the world.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Susan J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having sent emails/made a number of calls to book, we travelled over an hour to Appleby Castle for afternoon tea which our friends had very kindly bought us for a gift. We were made to feel very unwelcome when we arrived and were simply told...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No direction or focus. Staff young and unsure of themselves. Very expensive breakfast and it was not worth it. They didn't know that Peroni was a lager. They reckon they don't sell lager!! But funnily enough sell Peroni ... Rooms basic and up 3 flights...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Shonkey68
Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

Our guide tried to bring some personality into the hour long tour but he really didnt have a lot to work with. There is only two points at which you are in the castle on the tour, once at the base of the tower when...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 29, 2019

I was taken here by my boyfriend as a surprise night away and he had chosen here for the character and the history. On arrival the rain was horrendous and we struggled to get our bearings driving round we entered into the caste grounds parked...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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pjb109, General Manager at Appleby Castle, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2019

Thank you for your review. You visited on a Buy A Gift voucher and had booked the incorrect dates. Your booking was for Friday night and not Saturday night. The only room we had left available was a far superior room than you had paid...More

Reviewed July 12, 2019

Stayed here in the spring when the evenings were still dark, so the first disappointment was to unload car then walk up the very poorly lit, long drive. We struggled! When we eventually found reception, the receptionist greeted us with an air of superiority and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Sarah M
Reviewed July 12, 2019

We had an amazing time here the staff were so friendly and helpful, the rooms were stunning, the food was amazing and it was the best trip I have had in a long time will definitely be coming back.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Emma1872
Reviewed May 26, 2019

Me and my girlfriend found the hotel on booking.com and liked the idea of staying in the castle. Upon arriving we were a bit unsure where to park as the car park is quite far from the castle entrance. Fortunately a member of staff directed...More

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank Chrisdeakin95
Reviewed May 15, 2019 via mobile

This is a real castle. Wasn’t expecting a Hilton so was not too disappointed. Lots of realism as would be expected from an old building but If you are charging 4star price having guest guess how to get in and have the parking probably 600...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank stephenpash
Reviewed May 12, 2019 via mobile

Amazing, awesome and historic! A very enchanting castle,,, our second stay but we loved it just as much as our first stay! James provided us with a very personalised service😊 we definitely will be back! Thank you Alison and Peter❤️

Date of experience: April 2019
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February 21, 2019|
Response from pjb109 | Property representative |
Hello, dogs are allowed in the grounds but not in the castle or cottages.
October 10, 2016|
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Response from jane m | Reviewed this property |
You should contact the card company and explain the situation and they can cancel the authorisation. Usually when l book a room in a hotel, the card is just held in reserve on the booked room but it's not required until l... More
January 11, 2015|
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Response from John H | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure if Margaret has the correct castle in mind since last year there was no café, although refreshments were served at the end of castle tours. The grounds were not open to the public last year due to H&S red tape... More