The Lake District is home to many castles, some of which are still used as private homes by the aristocracy. Others are now open to the public, like Muncaster Castle, where you can see falconry displays and medieval banquets. Today’s article is all about the best Lake District Castles including Wray Castle, Muncaster Castle and Kendal Castle.
Wray Castle is another great family attraction, where the art collection includes the work of local artists like Turner and Lowry. It’s my favourite of all of the Lake District Castles.
The Kendal Mint Cake company owners live in Wray Castle! Kendal mint cake is a type of British hard candy made by crushing sugar, glucose, peppermint oil and other ingredients together with a mortar and pestle. It first appeared in the Lake District of northern England, and has been manufactured there since at least 1869. The Kendal mint cake was originally made as a refreshing snack to sustain people who were working in or around the fresh water lakes and mountains of the Lake District.
Muncaster Castle and Gardens
Muncaster Castle was built in 1460 on the site of an earlier medieval castle. It suffered considerable damage during the English Civil war. Nowadays it belongs to the Clifford family.
Dacre Castle has an important history because it was built by one of William the Conqueror’s knights in the 11th century.
Kendal Castle is located in Kendal, which is a large market town that has an impressive Norman castle along with the remains of a Roman fort.
Sizergh Castle was the home of Lord Sizergh, who oversaw much of Britain’s farmland during the 15th century. His family still lives in the house today.
Brougham Castle is located in Penrith , which is a town between Keswick and the Scottish border. The ruins are now open to the public, but before it was opened as a tourist attraction, it was home to many important residents, including Lord Curzon of Kedleston , who helped oversee India during Queen Victoria’s time. The castle was named after the town in which it is located.
Lowther Castle and Gardens
Lowther Castle and Gardens are located in Lowther , a village between Penrith and the Scottish border. It’s another example of an important residence, this time built by Sir William Lowther in 1625. The house has gone through many changes over the years, though, including a Victorian addition. It’s now owned by the National Trust , which helps support the castle and its beautiful gardens .