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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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  • We had a fun day out as a family. It was a lovely day walking around local scenery and the castle is beautiful. Because it is so nice we have been 6 times. 
  • Went there with family for an afternoon out.Full of history and a lot to see. However the day we visited there were demonstrations and a Weapons discussion with lots of exhibits. Very knowledgeable pr...  more »
  • Fascinating insight into centuries of history. Don't miss the licking stones in the dungeon and the graffiti from centuries ago in the castle itself. If you can grave the climb to the top the views ar...  more »
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  • This is a well maintained tourist attraction with lots to see and do. The views for the top of the castle walls are amazing. Be sure to wrap up warm in the winter months because some of the dungeons are naturally very cold in the winter months. I'm so glad I paid a visit to carlisle to see this
  • It's ok if you are interested in history and military. A bit expensive for the length of time you spend looking about the place. The most interesting thing I found out is the English stole the Castle from Scotland 😀
  • Good way to kill an hour. Nice old Castle in the middle of town. No airs or graces. Nice views from the tower.
  • Friendly staff and a great castle. Very impressive
  • Great castle to walk around. Never too busy.