There is a lot to explore in this castle with its winding stairs and passages. A good place to start is the exhibition, which tells the story of the rich and powerful Anne Clifford, who died here in 1678, when she was almost 90 years old. As well as Brougham, she arranged the restoration of Appleby and Brough Castles, with no expense spared so that all three of her castles would be habitable. The Great Tower was built in the 12th century of sandstone rubble, with more expensive, decorative cut stone at the corners and on windows and doors. People have added and restored the buildings over the centuries, most notably Anne Clifford. However, the Great Tower remains Brougham’s most impressive feature, still standing almost to its original height. Climb to the top of the keep if you want to soak up the fabulous panoramic views over the Eden Valley.
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Wheelchair loan, handrails, tactile displays
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open, Oct, daily 10-4; Nov-11 Feb and 17 Feb-29 Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4; 12-16 Feb, daily 10-4 (last admission 30 minutes before close). Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan. See website for opening times Mar onwards
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About the area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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