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A reminder of the Border Wars

The castle was built during the 12th Century using stones from the nearby Hadrian's Wall and... read more

Reviewed May 31, 2018
Ulverston, United Kingdom
Sadly, a Ruin in the Shadows of the Wall

Thirwall Castle is a fine ruin and is a protected building, so one supposes that, whilst it won't... read more

Reviewed February 27, 2018
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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May 31, 2018
“A reminder of the Border Wars”
Feb 27, 2018
“Sadly, a Ruin in the Shadows of the Wall”
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Reviewed May 31, 2018

The castle was built during the 12th Century using stones from the nearby Hadrian's Wall and abandoned after the border wars ceased. We passed it while walking along the wall last summer. Nice place to stop for a sandwich and look over the area. Nothing...More

Thank 938fjg
Reviewed February 27, 2018

Thirwall Castle is a fine ruin and is a protected building, so one supposes that, whilst it won't deteriorate much more, it won't be rebuilt either. I believe it is owned by the National Park Authority and it is such a pity that it I...More

Thank Ingleborough1359
Reviewed September 12, 2017 via mobile

We stopped here while driving to an access location for Hadrian's Wall. It requires a short walk up what can be a very wet climb (it was when we visited). There is some signage, but the remains are not that interesting or impressive. Skip.

Thank authored
Reviewed May 21, 2017 via mobile

The views were worth the walk up the hill from Hadrian's Wall. Nice castle mostly ruins but some wall standing, gives a good idea of the size and use of the place. Very open and free to visit

Thank Gill A
Reviewed March 18, 2017

We did the circular Greenhead/Thirlwall Castle walk on a cold, wet and windy day in February. We walked along by Hadrian's Wall, then crossed a bridge where there were some pretty cottages by the stream.. Then there is a bit of a climb to get...More

2  Thank Gilly C
Reviewed March 3, 2017

We were walking Hadrian's Wall and the path goes right past Thirlwall Castle. It was a very nice little rest stop to get off the path and kind of wander around. There isn't much to see. It is mostly old walls and well kept lawns....More

1  Thank Tim G
Reviewed September 18, 2016

The castle or actually the old residence is now just a large ruins that is of only limited historical interest. Pictuesque and in a pastoral setting along Hadrians Wall, the stones of which were used in construction.

Thank Stephen L
Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Staying in the area this was on our to do list. After parking up you follow the route outlined by the sign in the carpark, a ten minute walk takes you to the castle. It's in a ruinous condition so entry is free, cross the...More

Thank Tony L
Reviewed November 8, 2015

Nice to pop in, it is free entry, on a walk along Hadrians wall area. There is very little left of the castle but some nice opportunities for photographers and interesting history.

Thank Jayne W
Reviewed October 27, 2015

Theres not much to see, just a few ruins situated next to a farm. If you're walking past then its ok for a browse around but its not worth a detour.

Thank ajpatt
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