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Brougham Castle (Penrith)

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Address: Moor Lane / Penrith CA10 2AA / Cumbria / Tel: 0870 333 1181

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      20.07.2011 13:35
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      A nice castle

      When we were on holiday last month we decided to join English Heritage. Therefore, after we had joined we decided to take a look at a number of the local sites that were included in our membership fee. One place that we were interested in because of what was stated in the guidebook was Brougham Castle. Unfortunately there was no picture in the book so we weren't entirely sure what to expect but as we were in the area we decided to visit it anyway.


      Where is it?
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      Brougham Castle is located 2 miles South East of the town of Penrith in Cumbria. It is easily accessible by car and there are plenty of signs to follow however I imagine it would be more difficult to reach using public transport.

      What is it?
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      Brougham Castle is a ruin of a castle which was built in the 13th Century.

      Arriving at the Castle
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      The castle opens at 10am each day. We arrived at about 10:30 and to be honest it looked shut and we were a bit worried that we had got the times wrong. There is no parking for the castle and therefore you need to park on the nearby roads where there is no fee charged. There is probably room for about 10 cars, maybe more.

      To get to the castle you walk up a small path where you are then at the admissions office. The lady in here was very friendly and keen to chat and tell us some more about the castle. You then progress through the office and reach the castle using a path where there are also some lovely views of the River Eamont.

      The Castle
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      The castle is a ruin but there is still plenty to explore. In addition to the main castle there are also a number of other buildings which are also ruins. The castle has a number of winding stair cases which take you up to the third level. From here there is a brilliant view of the surrounding countryside and we enjoyed spending twenty minutes up here.
      There is a chapel upstairs which is one of the most preserved rooms of the castle, although it is still just a bare building there are engravings on the walls and the ceiling had a sculpture.

      Back downstairs you have the option to see the famous 'licking stones' which were used by prisoners to get essential moisture. These were quite difficult to find and we think we found them judging by the fact that the stones were a different shape and much more smooth and rounded compared to the others!
      The other buildings are generally just one story but there are a couple more staircases to go up and down.


      Shopping and Food and Drink
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      There is a small English Heritage shop where you can purchase small gifts. There is no cafe but small snacks such as crisps and ice cream can be purchased from the shop should you need it.

      Facilities
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      The castle has 2 toilets for all of its guests. One is disabled which implies disabled visitors can visit but I wouldnt recommend it for those who are disabled due to the narrow doorways and steep staircases.

      Opinion of the Castle
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      The castle is ok. We spent almost an hour looking around but this was as long as we could spend here really. If you took a picnic I imagine you could spend a little bit longer here but essentially it is a ruin and therefore there is only so much to look at. In comparison to Carlisle Castle which we had visited the previous day it is nowhere near as good and you dont get half as much for your money. Carlisle Castle only costs £1.20 more and for that I do believe you get a lot more for your money.

      Admission Prices and Opening Times
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      Adults: £3.80
      Children: £2.30
      Concessions: £3.40
      EH Member Cost: Free
      Family Ticket: £9.90
      The castle is open 10:00 - 17.00 each day.


      Would I visit again?
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      I would only visit again as I am a member and therefore the admission price is free. The castle is a nice place to look around for an hour but I just feel that Carlisle Castle is better for the money you are paying.

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