Here is our second fortnightly selection of Northern English Castles. Enjoy touring them online, or even better put something in your diary for a real “in the flesh” visit. The picture to the left is of Brougham Castle by the River Eamont in Cumbria, just outside Penrith. This was one of several castles in Cumbria restored by Lady Anne Clifford following the seventeenth century Civil War. We’ll feature it in a later issue.
Today’s Northern Castles Selection
Skipton Castle, West Yorkshire: This remarkably well-preserved castle now owned by a local family was first built in the 12th century and became the seat of the wealthy Cliffords from 1310. It remained in Clifford ownership until after the death in 1676 of the redoubtable Lady Anne Clifford, Countess of Pembroke, who had it restored following substantial demolition after a three year Civil War seige.
Muncaster Castle, Cumbria: The Pennington family have lived at Muncaster since 1208 and for many years have welcomed visitors. Set in 70 acres of gardens against the backcloth of the Cumbrian Lake District mountains Muncaster Castle is popular with visitors to the western coast of Lakeland. The narrow gauge Ravenglass Railway is only a mile or two away. Oh, and don’t miss the World Owl Centre.
Raby Castle, County Durham: This was the fortress of the Nevills (or Nevilles), possibly the most powerful family in the North when it was built in the 14th century; later extended by the Vane family who have lived here for almost four hundred years. With walled gardens, a deer park, carriage museum and much more, Raby is great for all the family.
Northern English Castles Mystery Tour
If you haven’t tried my “Castles Mystery Tour” (or even if you have) try it here by clicking: Mystery Castle. You can never tell what castle you’ll be taken to; it’s all randomised. At present there are twenty four castles listed, with more to follow.
Some related pages:
- Castles of the North 
- Historic Houses and Castles in Cumbria
- Visit a Northern England Castle – A Mystery Tour