Discover a thousand years of action packed history in Cumbria’s Castles. Being a border county between England and Scotland, Cumbria has a fascinating if turbulent past just waiting to be heard.

With the stunning backdrop of the English Lake District, our castles make the ideal day out. You can enjoy a picnic by castle ruins, visit the most haunted castle in the UK or explore one the longest continuously inhabited country houses in England all whilst enjoying panoramic views.

Plan your visit by clicking on one our Castles in Cumbria to find out more:

Brougham CastleBrougham Castle, English Heritage (near Penrith)

Founded in the early 13th century, this great keep largely survives, amid many later buildings – including the unusual double gatehouse and impressive ‘Tower of League’.


Carlisle Castle, English HeritageCarlisle Castle (Carlisle)

Standing proudly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle remained a working fortress until well within living memory.



Muncaster Castle near RavenglassMuncaster Castle (Ravenglass)

Historic, haunted castle in wildlife rich gardens, with a Hawk & Owl Centre, gift shop, cafe, ancient church, playground and woodland walks.


Sizergh Castle (National Trust)Sizergh Castle (near Kendal)

Still lived in by the Strickland family, Sizergh Castle is a beautiful medieval house, with rich gardens and estate.


See also our collection of Cumbrian Abbeys and Gardens.

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