More Castles of the North [5]

by David Murray on 15 August 2012

in Castles

Here is the next in our series on historic castles in the North of England.

Scarborough Castle - Yorkshire
Scarborough Castle from the North Bay

Today we have two Yorkshire castles and one in Cumbria sitting between the Lake District and the Eden Valley. Two are preserved ruins in the care of English Heritage while the third in the list below is still lived in. All are open to the public.

Scarborough Castle on the Yorkshire coast sits high on its promontory between Scarborough’s north and south bays. Its origins go back to the Iron Age, and the ancient fort was then occupied, and of course rebuilt, by the Romans. Next came the Vikings, followed by medieval kings. With this long history (there were battles in the 17th century Civil War, and the castle was even bombarded during World War I) English Heritage, its present day guardians, consider it to be one of the finest tourist attractions in the North.

Brougham Castle is beautifully situated where the River Lowther joins the Eamont in its branch of the Eden Valley just outside Penrith in Cumbria. It was originally built in the 13th century by Roberth de Vieuxpont. For centuries it had an up and down history, not only due to the long period of border warfare but also because its owners were in and out of favour with various kings. Having fallen into disrepair it was restored following the 17th century Civil War by that great northern castle rebuilder Lady Anne Clifford, Countess of Pembroke. She died here in 1676, aged 86, and was buried in the parish church at Appleby close to one of her other restored castles. Today Brougham Castle is cared for by English Heritage, is open to the public, and houses an exhibition on the life of Lady Anne.

Northern Castles Mystery Tour


Ripley Castle
in North Yorkshire, between Harrogate and Ripon, has been the home of the Ingilby family for seven hundred years and continues to be run as a family business and visitor attraction. Many thousands of visitors every year are welcomed to enjoy the house and grounds. The walled garden is a special attraction, with glorious perennial borders and an extensive herb garden. In Spring the National Hyacinth Collection is seen in all its splendour. The grounds are open all year and often host events such as the annual Ripley Show in August, and other countryside and musical events.


Don’t forget the Northern Castles Online Mystery Tour.

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Brough Castle Cumbria - Eden Valley
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