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“WELL WORTH THE VISIT”
Review of Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle
Ranked #6 of 48 things to do in Carlisle
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Formally the home of the Border Regiment the castle is over 900 years old having been built during the reign of William II of England. Visitors will be interested to note that Carlisle was considered to be part of Scotland around the time the castle was built, but was claimed for England by William II who drove the Scots out. He believed there was a need for a castle to ensure the northern border was secured from any invasion from Scotland. The castle is also famous for keeping Mary Queen of Scots prisoner for a number of months.

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We had done a loop around northern England and part of Scotland and we ended up going to 8 different castles, Carlisle ranking 7 of 8. Bamburgh Castle I would vote as the best seen. There wasn't anything in particular that made it bad, it was interesting to look around and gave good photo opportunity. I just like most of the others visited better. Do leave enough time to look around and take your camera!

This was my list if interested:
8. Barnard Castle
7. Carlisle Castle
6. Alnwick Castle
5. Doune Castle
4. Lindisfarne Castle
3. Edinburgh Castle
2. Stirling Castle
1. Bamburgh Castle

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

This is a great old castle in very good condition with a wealth of history. Yes the rooms are pretty much empty but you need to read the descriptions and accounts of events to get an impression of what it was like here. There are plenty of steps but even my old arthritic joints managed and the views over the city and out to the Solway are lovely on a nice day. So if you enjoy a bit of history and heritage then the castle is a good place to visit.

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

The castle is huge, but over half of it is still used as a military base. The part that can be explored is the impressive main Keep, and a few nearby out-buildings. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here, and it had a role in the Scottish Wars for Independence.

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Spending the day with my husband and brother we all went to the castle. A nice welcome from the team on entry. A great wander around the castle was all very interesting. Sadly the museum was closed for refurbishment. I think had it been open it would have really added a lot to the visit. Even though cold and windy we still much enjoyed out visit. Good value especially once the museum is up and running again.

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