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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