Uncover the history of Carlisle Castle

Carlisle, Cumbria

Carlisle Castle’s rich and varied attractions will give you an insight into its eventful history.

For 500 years, until the English and Scottish crowns were united in 1603, Carlisle Castle was the principal fortress of England’s ‘Western March’ against Scotland, and was held to siege ten times in its history, making it the most besieged place in the British Isles. From the 18th century to the 1960s it was the headquarters of the Border Regiment, one of the oldest in the army.

Today, the castle still plays a prominent role in Cumbria as one of its best-loved landmarks and visitors can enjoy ghastly dungeons, ‘licking’ stones and other gruesome stories.

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