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Brougham Castle

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Address: | 1.5 Miles SE of Penrith on Minor Road off A66, Brougham, England
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What a beauty

What a beautiful castle this was. The lady in the shop was very helpful even gave us a little map of other places we could go and visit. We were the first two people to arrive at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Hayley G
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a beautiful castle this was. The lady in the shop was very helpful even gave us a little map of other places we could go and visit. We were the first two people to arrive at the castle so had the whole thing to ourselves for around 40 minutes which was lovely. I absolutely loved it here as you... More 

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Thank Hayley G
Rochdale, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sadly we had too little time to visit the castle in depth and so chose not to pay the £5.50 per adult entrance fee. Next time I will certainly pay and take a full tour of what looks from the road to be a stunning castle.

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Thank Ray W
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What I liked about this castle, is the ability to walk up inside the keep. For a castle that isn't that grand compared to say Raglan, it gives it the added edge. Imagining whilst looking down where the floor boards were and that people would have been standing right there, where there is now nothing but air. I quite like... More 

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Thank chelle86
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

My children had a really great time climbing and exploring and climbing a dark spiral staircase up the keep. Good value for money.

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Thank Katseddon
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We arrived just after closing time but the very helpful and knowledgeable lady let us in - a generous and well received gesture. I cannot thank her enough and credit to EH for hiring such people. The castle is superb with plenty of features and cubby holes for children to investigate. The spiral stairs to the top of the Keep... More 

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Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Amazing structure and details explaining the significance of the place in border history as well as more recently in the world wars. Wander round and visit the local businesses inside and have a coffee in or outside at the little tea rooms. Free parking and public toilets. Dog and child friendly

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Thank Jenny S
Woking, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Nice old castle ruins. It's possible to push a wheelchair into the castle which makes a change. Small shop and reasonable charge. I suspect the closed bridge reduces the number of visitors, making parking easier.

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Thank Hordern
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This is a wonderful old castle with some good interpretation boards and access high up the keep. William Wordsworth wrote about the view from the keep and it was a pleasure to see the view as he did. It will certainly worth another visit after we've read the excellent handbook. Car parking is limited and the shop is rather small.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We had driven past this many times on A66 and for once we had the opportunity to stop and it was well worth a visit. The climb up the spiral staircase to the top of the Keep was the best part, although it was fairly scary looking down, if you don't like heights, because all the floors have gone, leaving... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Brougham Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review and glad you finally got the opportunity to visit us! Hope to see you again soon. More 

Mitcheldean
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We were in the area for a few days and decided to pay Brougham a visit. We were not disappointed as, although ruined, it's still a fascinating place with enough of the building left to be able to imagine how it would have been in its heyday. The staff were also very helpful.

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Thank Alan B
EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Brougham Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive feedback and glad you had a lovely time visiting us. More 

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