Situated at the high end of Boroughgate, in Appleby, deep in the heart of the Eden Valley lies Appleby Castle. Proudly standing guard over the Eden since Norman times, the Castle is surrounded by 25 acres of parkland.
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.
Tours can be booked through the Abbleby Castle website or by calling on – telephone 01768330318
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