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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. A visit to Carlisle Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Carlisle route builder app to plot your vacation.
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  • August 20, 2017
    We got the citadel and the castle mixed up but found the castle eventually. Some rather steep steps and lots of cobbles so unsuitable for anyone who has difficulty walking but a fantastic place for ev...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Nice little castle, you are able to walk around the ramparts and look across the city. There are various rooms to visit & plenty of displays explaining he history of the castle and city. The military ...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    There is lots to see here with history of conflict including both the Civil War and Jacobite uprising. Good walk around the walls and exhibitions in the keep  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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