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Brougham Castle

Brougham Castle


Picturesque Brougham Castle was begun in the early 13thC by Robert de Vieuxpont, near the site of a Roman fort guarding the crossing of the River Eamont. His great keep largely survives, reinforced by an impressive double gatehouse and other 14thC additions made by the powerful Clifford family, Wardens of the Marches. The castle thus became a formidable barrier to Scots invaders.

Though both James l and Charles l stayed here, Brougham was in poor condition by the time of the Civil War. It was thereafter restored as a residence by the indomitable Lady Anne Clifford, see also Brough Castle and the Countess Pillar. she often visited with her travelling court, and died here in 1676.

Today, the site features an introductory exhibition, including carved stones from the nearby Roman fort. The site has good wheelchair access to entry point, toilet, shop and small introductory exhibition. There is a wheelchair route to the castle ruins, which enables visitors to make a circuit of the site and read the interpretation panels. The keep is not accessible to wheelchairs.

Opening details

Closed 24-26 December, 31 December and 1 January.


Adult £4.60, concessions £4.10, children £2.80, family tickets (2 adults and 3 children) £12.00. Group rates available. Free to English Heritage members


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted


CA10 2AA


Plan route to Brougham Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 538290  Lat: 54.65395 Long: -2.71757

From A66, 1.5 miles south east of Penrith.

Parking: free

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