Inside is the stronghold of the Clifford Lords, formerly owned by Kings of England, as well as being seized by the King of Scotland, and the home of Lady Anne Clifford, the great lady of Westmorland.
Built when William II won most of Westmorland from the Scots in 1092, the castle is an impressive building of which the keep, known as Caesar’s Tower is the oldest. You may climb to the roof, from where there are impressive views in all directions.
The most striking feature is the dwelling house , built in the late 17th century by Lady Anne Clifford’s grandson the Earl of Thanet. The Great Hall contains paintings and furnishings. Also recently opened are a bedroom with a fascinating carved four poster bed, and the dining room.
Aerial photos by Simon Ledingham.
Tours of the castle are by appointment only – only 12 people per tour.
At present tours can only be booked through the tourist information office in Appleby – telephone 017683 51177.
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