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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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  • Follow Castle Street, Castle Street, the street here and hit the main road and you will see a magnificent gate of the Castle. Castle of attractions at the front gate and city walls, the castle was not. It was nice walking area.
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  • Lovely castle enjoyed looking around imagining the past and what went on there. Staff friendly and informative. Part if the castle is used for the army which is interesting to see training going on, m...  more »
  • Whilst I was stranded in Carlisle with the snow, I decided to visit here once again. The entry fee is £6.80 for an adult, but as a Historic Scotland Life Member, I had free entry. The Castle is very i...  more »
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  • I visited a long time ago and it was interesting to look around and have a look at the war memorials as well. It may have been worthwhile booking a tour. The Great Cumbrian Run starts from here.
  • An excellent ancient castle with a sordid history of blood, murder, war and intrigue. The castle is intact, unlike many castles which are in ruins. Also contains the Military Museum of The Border Regimemts. This is a seperate entity to the castle and charges its own admission. There is a deal available at the main entrance where one can buy entry to both for a reduced fee. English Heritage members get free access to both as part of their membership. I would recommend making a small donation at the military museum, as it is very well presented and maintained.
  • Interesting castle to visit, especially if you are interested in the Jacobite rebellion topic, since there is a link to Carlisle Castle and a small exhibition on the third floor of the keep. Prisoners carvings were very interesting too. There is also a military museum you can visit, but we didn't go to it.
  • Choice of go into castle or pay a little extra to also visit the museum. We just explored the castle and found it very interesting. We were also very lucky to meet a local that explained some of the interesting features. The car park nearby the castle has a good playground for the kids.
  • One of the lesser attractive and grand castles of England. Has an extensive history, but just doesn't seem to have the same gravitas as other heritage places. Old, but not the most interesting unless you are a bit history buff.

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