Brough Castle, Brough

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Not to be confused with Brough Castle in Brough, Caithness.

Brough Castle is a ruined castle in the village of Brough, Cumbria, England. The castle was built by William Rufus around 1092 within the old Roman fort of Verterae to protect a key route through the Pennine Mountains. The initial motte and bailey castle was attacked and destroyed by the Scots in 1174 during the Great Revolt against Henry II. Rebuilt after the war, a square keep was constructed and the rest of the castle converted to stone.

The Clifford family took possession of Brough after the Second Barons' War in the 1260s; they built Clifford's Tower and undertook a sequence of renovations to the castle, creating a fortification in a typical northern English style. In 1521, however, Henry Clifford held a Christmas feast at the castle, after which a major fire broke out, destroying the property. The castle remained abandoned until Lady Anne Clifford restored the property between 1659 and 1661, using it as one of her northern country homes. In 1666 another fire broke out, once again rendering the castle uninhabitable. Brough Castle went into sharp decline and was stripped first of its fittings and then its stonework. The castle's masonry began to collapse around 1800.

In 1921, Brough Castle was given to the state and is now run by English Heritage as a tourist attraction. It is a listed building and a scheduled monument.
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  • Free entry is always a good start, and for a freebie, this is a good one. The Romans built a camp here and you can still see where the original embankments were placed. Over the top of this was built....  more »
  • Brough Castle nestled in a beautiful part of Cumbria. Its free access up until 4pm.a perfect example of a castle. Info points around so you learn some of the history. Amazing view. Perfect for a day.....  more »
  • Great spot. We were staying nearby to so walked over to the castle to explore. Although a ruin it was still interesting to read it’s history and see the beautiful views. There is a good tearoom with.....  more »
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  • Another beautiful setting with limited robbed out remains. Still worth a call in though. I do it once a decade. Most people go for the adjacent ice cream parlour and a nice place for the kids to run off steam. Better and more modern interpretative panels than Bowes with some wider context and Roman angle covered a bit better. An A66 Roman trail is long overdue.
  • Ancient ruin just off the main road. Well worth a visit and especially to try the nearby tea room and ice-cream parlour which was absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend a trip here.
  • Fabulous free example of a Norman Keep expanded through time. The stories behind it paint pictures of years gone by. The amazing views add to the experience, brilliant!
  • Really enjoyed it here. lovely place with lovely views. nice ice cream parlour, staff were lovely.
  • Open free castle with an amazing atmosphere. Park at the ice cream shop. The shop sells good ice cream and homemade cakes.

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