Brougham Castle

In its heyday this was a formidable stronghold, a place that was grand enough for Edward I to stay at in July 1300. James I was here for two nights as well in 1617.

Built beside the River Eamont, partly on the remains of an old Roman fort called Brocavum, the earliest part of the castle dates back to the 13th century. That’s the keep and you can climb its steps - narrow and uneven - and take in the great views over the Eden Valley from the third floor. Alternatively, have a picnic in the grounds.

For about 400 years the property was in the hands of the Clifford family, the outstanding member being Lady Anne Clifford who restored the castle in the 1650s after years of neglect, and laid out a large garden before her death here in 1676. Within a century the castle was an empty shell.

Brougham Castle, Brougham, near Penrith CA10 2AA: 01768 862488. Check website for opening times and admission prices. Wheelchair access: to main areas of castle but not keep (please ring for more info). Directions: the castle is one and a half miles (2.4km) south east of Penrith on the B6262.

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