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Carlisle Castle, Carlisle

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Carlisle Castle has played an important role in the history of Carlisle for centuries. Explore this remarkably well-preserved castle's hallway and towers. Discover the dungeons, visit the keep with its model of Jacobean Carlisle, and browse through displays of military weapons, medals, and uniforms at the King's Own Royal Border Regiment Museum. For an informative, closer look at the castle, sign up for a guided tour led by an expert. The castle was first built by William Rufus and has witnessed many attacks over its 900 years of history. A parliament was held here by Edward I during his Scottish campaign in 1306. In 1567 it became a temporary prison for Mary, Queen of Scots. Put Carlisle Castle at the forefront of your travel plans using our Carlisle itinerary maker.
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  • The castle has a fascinating history being more extensive than most. As it is still a military establishment there is is a connection to today. Parts have been retained, developed, or demolished so th...  more »
  • Amazing castle! It looks fairly ordinary from the road, but is rather large once you set foot inside. The castle is in good condition despite that this castle has seen several wars. It is currently st...  more »
  • Visited today for first time today. Amazing place as the castle looks nothing special from the road. Once inside you are surprised by the scale, size and fantastic condition of the castle, walls and g...  more »
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  • Slightly small by comparison with some castles but interesting information about the Jacobite rebellion plus a good timeline of the castle from early creation to the present day. On a very hot day it was lovely and cool inside the keep.
  • Spoke to a king! Really good and interesting visit. Plenty for the kids to do. Spent a good 4 hours exploring the castle.
  • A lovely castle, with part of the grounds still used by the army. The keep and the walk around the walls were good. There isn't parking at the castle but about ten minutes walk away. This car park is a pay and display.
  • An interesting castle. There's loads to explore. It's got a decent sized car park a short walk away. It's also got the military museum attached to it but that is a seperate fee
  • Good centrally located place of interest. Lots to explore and there is a military museum within the grounds. This requires an additional entrance fee.

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