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Deep in the heart of the Eden Valley, nestling alongside the meandering river Eden, stands Appleby Castle. This spectacular motte and bailey castle has been held by the Kings of England and Scotland and boasts one of the few remaining intact Norman keeps (not a ruin). Experience the tranquil stunning scenery of this special place. `
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  • Filming and advertising
  • Weddings
  • Corporate Entertainment
  • Private Hire and family holidays
  • Tours and group visits.
  • Functions
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  • B.C. - present. A ford crosses the River Eden bearing an ancient road. A defensible hill overlooks the ford.
  • A.D 75-150 Romans build a signal station on the cliff overlooking the ford over the River Eden, close to the road from York (Eboracum) to Carlisle (Luguvallium).
  • 380-430 Romans leave Britain.
  • 400-600 Urien, King of Rheged, was lord of the valley of Lyvennet, a few miles west of Appleby.
  • 630 - 830 Part of the Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria. An independent British kingdom of Cumbria remained in the northern Lake District
  • 875 Over-run by Danes under Halfdan. Orm settles at Ormside nearby.
  • 920Appleby founded as a Danish settlement, the name meaning 'apple-place'.
  • 945 Granted to King of Scotland by King Edmund of England, following conquest of all Cumbria
  • 1092 King William Rufus of England occupied Cumbria and installed Ivo Taillebois as first Norman lord of Westmorland. Ivo began building first motte and bailey castle earthwork.
  • 1100 -1120 Ranulf le Meschin completed earthworks and probably built first stone keep.
  • 1136 - 1157 Ceded to Scots. Hugh de Morville and his son, also Hugh,in succession granted Barony of Westmorland.
  • 1157 Henry II regains Appleby and confirms the grant to the younger Hugh de Morville - one of the knights who later murdered Thomas Becket.
  • 1173 De Morville supports a rebellion by Henry's son, who allied himself with the Scots.
  • 1174 King William the Lion of Scotland captures Appleby Castle in a dawn raid, aided by the garrison. The "castle and tower" are recorded by Jordan Fantosme in his chronicle, showing both were present. The constable, Gospatric, son of Orm and grandson of Gospatric, a Scottish Earl, fined five hundred marks for surrendering. Hugh de Morville's estates are forfeit. Appleby returns to the Crown.
  • 1179 Henry II grants the castle and the Honour of Westmorland to Ranulph de Glanville, Sheriff of Yorkshire. Some time between 1175 and 1189 the Keep is raised, the curtain walls rebuilt in stone, and a Great Hall is built at the east end of the bailey.
  • 1189 Richard the Lionheart takes the castle back into royal possession rebuilds the bridge over the moat in 1198.
  • 1203 King John gives the Barony of Westmorland, including the castle to his henchman Robert de Vipont, nephew of Hugh de Morville, whose family hold it for 100 years. The Round Tower on the north side dates from this period, with other Round Towers on the south, now vanished.
  • 1263-64 The second Robert de Vipont takes part in Simon de Montfort's rebellion against Henry III. He dies a rebel in 1264 and his estates are seized by King Henry III. His daughters Isabella and Idonea are placed under the king's guardianship.
  • 1265 Wardship of Isabella granted to Roger Clifford the elder - who obtains pardon for treason of his ward's father.
  • 1268 Roger Clifford the younger marries Isabella de Vipont by 1275 is in possession of Appleby castle and the manor of Brougham while Roger de Leyburn, husband of Idonea, holds Brough and Pendragon.
  • 1300 Edward I visits Appleby, lodging at the Friary.
  • 1314 Robert Clifford, first Lord Clifford, one of the English commanders, killed at Bannockburn.
  • 1314 - 1322 Scottish raids. Appleby town burnt - Castle holds out against Scots in four attacks.
  • 1322-23 Roger, second Lord Clifford, rebels against King Edward II and is wounded and captured. He escapes execution but his lands are forfeited. Appleby Castle briefly held by Andrew de Harcla before his execution for treason.
  • 1327 King Edward II overthrown, succeeded by his son King Edward III. Peace with Scotland. Robert, 3rd Lord Clifford, brother of Roger, restored to family estates including Appleby castle.
  • 1333 Death of Idonea de Leyburn without children. Her lands pass to Robert Clifford, who entertains King Edward Balliol of Scotland at Brougham.
  • 1354 Roger, fifth Lord Clifford inherits the castle, carries out further works there.
  • 1388 Major Scottish raids - Appleby town laid waste, but castle seems to have held out and not been captured, though it was described as 'ruinous' in 1391
  • 1391 Thomas Clifford, son of Roger, dies on crusade. Appleby Castle said to be "ruinous".
  • 1411 John, seventh Lord Clifford builds great gatehouse and probably restores the rest of the Castle.
  • 1415 John Clifford fights at Againcourt. Castle used as court and prison.
  • 1422 John Clifford killed at siege of Meaux
  • 1454 Thomas, 8th Lord Clifford undertakes major building works at the castle, reconstructing the Great Hall, kitchen, chapel, Great Chamber and other main rooms in the eastern range and building square towers at either end of the range.
  • 1455 Thomas Clifford killed at 1st battle of St. Albans, possibly by Richard Neville Earl of Warwick ("Warwick the Kingmaker").
  • 1456 John Clifford assumes his father's lands and titles. Becomes major Lancastrian leader in the North.
  • 1457-58 Further Scots raids. No assizes (Royal Court sessions) at Appleby.
  • 1460John Clifford kills the Duke of York and his young son the Earl of Rutland, earning the nick-name 'the Butcher'.
  • 1461 John Clifford killed in battle. Lancastrian cause destroyed at Towton. John Clifford attainted (declared traitor) by Yorkist King Edward IV.
  • 1461-1485 Lordship of Westmorland held by Richard, Duke of Gloucester (later King Richard III). Appleby Castle probably in the hands of Sir John Parr of Kendal.
  • 1485 Battle of Bosworth. Yorkist Richard III defeated, Tudor Henry VII restores castle to Henry, 10th Lord Clifford, known as the "Shepherd Lord".
  • 1523 Shepherd Lord, Henry Clifford dies.
  • 1525 Henry, 11th Lord Clifford, made 1st Earl of Cumberland by his childhood friend, King Henry VIII.
  • 1536 Rebellion in the North known as "Pilgrimage of Grace". Henry Clifford defended Skipton and his son, Sir Thomas, defended Carlisle.
  • 1540 Appleby described by Leland as "a poor village, having a ruinous castle wherein the prisoners be kept".
  • 1590 Lady Anne Clifford born at Skipton, only surviving child of George Clifford, third Earl of Cumberland, famous sea-captain and Champion to Queen Elizabeth.
  • 1605 George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland, dies leaving estates to his brother the 4th Earl. Lady Anne disinherited.
  • 1609 Lady Anne Clifford married Richard Sackville, Earl of Dorset.
  • 1616-17 Furious dispute over Westmorland estates. King James I confirms Lady Anne's dispossession.
  • 1624 Earl of Dorset dies.
  • 1630 Lady Anne marries Philip Herbert, Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery.
  • 1643 Lady Anne inherits the Westmorland and Yorkshire estates on the death of her cousin the 5th Earl of Cumberland. However she is unable to visit them because of the Civil War.
  • 1649 Lady Anne at last travels to Skipton and onwards to Appleby following a lull in the Civil War and the execution of King Charles I.
  • 1651 Lady Anne begins restoration of Appleby Castle, inserting a cross-wall in the Keep and adding the corner turrets. Civil War flares up and Castle occupied by a Parliamentary army under the Regicide, General Thomas Harrison.
  • 1653-55 Lady Anne continues building work in Appleby, completing Hospital of St Anne and restoring St Lawrence's church.
  • 1660Restoration of King Charles II celebrated in Appleby. Lady Anne the 'great lady' of Westmorland.
  • 1676 Lady Anne Clifford dies at Brougham Castle.
  • 1686 -88 Main eastern range of the castle rebuilt by Lady Anne's grandson, Thomas 6th Earl of Thanet, fourth son of her daughter Margaret.
  • 1677 - 1849 Castle the country seat of the Earls of Thanet (3rd Earl married Lady Anne's eldest daughter).
  • 1849 The 11th and last Earl of Thanet dies unmarried in France. The castle and estate passes to his illegitimate son, Richard Tufton, born in 1813, who becomes a British subject and is made a baronet in 1851.
  • 1881 Henry Tufton, son of Sir Richard, is created first Baron Hothfield (of Hothfield in Kent)and becomes closely involved with Appleby.
  • 1962 Hothfield family sell the castle to a private buyer.
  • 1974 Castle sold to Ferguson International plc who uses it as its headquarters. Castle opened to the public.
  • 1997 Castle sold to a private buyer.
  • 2001 Public enquiry into plans for development of the castle. Foot and Mouth ravages Cumbria.
  • November 2009Castle is owned solely by Mrs. Nightingale - the first female owner since Lady Anne Clifford.
  • 2013Castle re-opens for guided tours, conferences and weddings.
  • The history of Appleby Castle reaches back to Roman times when a fort existed on the site to protect the crossing over the river Eden. In the 1960's excavation revealed the remains of a Roman Well in the basement of the castle.
  • The Keep is the oldest building still in existence today and little has changed in over 900 years. It is one of the few remaining intact Norman Keeps in Great Britain.
  • This castle has a rich and varied history. It has been held by the Kings of Scotland and England. Perhaps its most famous resident was Lady Anne Clifford who did much for the castle and surrounding area.
  • Appleby was the county town of Westmorland and was a royal borough. It has had many famous residents - the father of George Washington, Augustine Washington grew up in Cumberland and attended Appleby Grammar School with his elder brother John.
  • Appleby Castle is the perfect place for your special day. Fulfil your dreams in this beautiful and dramatic setting. We are able to cater for all sorts of weddings, from a small gathering of friends to group of 200+ guests. We specialise in bespoke weddings and strive to meet your needs and wants to make your day special and memorable. We have a vast array of choices and services available for you to choose from. Please see some of the packages to get an idea of the possibilities.
  • Weddings Home
  • Package One
  • Package Two
  • Package Three
  • Package Four
  • Optional Extras
  • Ceremony
  • The Old Great Hall was the original Great Hall of Appleby Castle and dates back to the twelfth century. Initially a wooden hall it was converted to stone around 1180 and was used to feast in by Robert De Vipont - the Kings Henchman (who was the guardian of Windsor Castle). The hall was altered in 1454 by Thomas the 8th Lord Clifford who built a new Great Hall above, lowering the ceiling of this room. It can comfortably accommodate between 80 and 100 guests and is the perfect place for a reception. When the fire is lit the 12th century fire place heats the entire room making this the ideal setting for winter weddings. Soak up the atmosphere and ambience of this unique room and make your special day unforgettable.
    This splendid cloak room and wash area is adjacent to the Old Great Hall. As your guests arrive, they enter the castle through the new hall entrance and pass via the cloak room where they are able to freshen up and securely store their coats, bags and other personal belongings.

    At the rear there are toilet facilities and a wash basin.
    The Refectory is adjacent to the Old Great Hall, at the other end to the cloak room. It was initially used as a kitchen to serve the feasts in the Great Hall and was converted to stone around 1180 - before which there was a wooden kitchen in this place. With very old tapestries on the walls and a portrait of Lady Anne Clifford overlooking this room transforms to an superb bar and can seat approximately 15 - 20 people. This is also one of the oldest rooms in the castle and the floor level is at the original floor level of the inner bailey.
    The majestic inner bailey is steeped in history - in 1648 the Royalist Garrison with over 1000 troops surrendered to the parliamentary army here. Today there are many uses, marquess can be erected for several uses - a dance floor or a champagne reception are just a few. If you wish to have a band and or other entertainment, the inner bailey makes the perfect place for a stage and your guests. Surrounded by 15 foot stone wall the possibilities to use this special setting are endless.
    Package two includes
    Exclusive use of the inner bailey to place a marquee or several marquees.
    A description of the inner bailey accompanies the picture below. The menu options are;
    Menu One - a three course menu, bucks fizz on arrival, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot with your meal and Champagne with the toasts - £78 per person.
    Menu Two - Three course menu, Pimms on arrival, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot with your meal, still and sparkling mineral bottled water, Champagne with the toasts - £88 per person
    Menu Three Four course menu, Champagne on arrival, canape selection, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot with your meal, still and sparkling bottled water, Champagne with the toasts. An evening buffet - £118 per person.
    Marquees start from £6750 and are fully furnished for up to 100 guests
    Starting price for this package is £12000
    Package three includes exclusive use of the;
    Old Great Hall
    Cloak room
    Refectory or Medieval Kitchen
    Medieval Hallway
    Inner Bailey
    These rooms are some of the oldest in the castle and a description accompanies their pictures. The menu options are;
    Menu One - a three course menu, bucks fizz on arrival, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot with your meal and Champagne with the toasts - £78 per person.
    Menu Two - Three course menu, Pimms on arrival, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot with your meal, still and sparkling mineral bottled water, Champagne with the toasts - £88 per person
    Menu Three Four course menu, Champagne on arrival, canape selection, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot with your meal, still and sparkling bottled water, Champagne with the toasts. An evening buffet - £118 per person.
    Package starts at £15 000
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    Package four includes exclusive use of the;
    Old Great Hall
    Cloak room and medieval hallway
    Refectory or medieval kitchen
    Inner bailey
    Great Hall
    Chapel and dining room.
    A description of these rooms accompanies the pictures (below). The menu options are;
    Menu One - a three course menu, bucks fizz on arrival, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot with your meal and Champagne with the toasts - £78 per person.
    Menu Two - Three course menu, Pimms on arrival, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot with your meal, still and sparkling mineral bottled water, Champagne with the toasts - £88 per person
    Menu Three Four course menu, Champagne on arrival, canape selection, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot with your meal, still and sparkling bottled water, Champagne with the toasts. An evening buffet - £118 per person.
    Package three starts at £45000
    The dining room at Appleby Castle was built in 1454 by Thomas 8th Lord Clifford. The room was modified by Thomas Tufton in 1686, who covered all the walls of this fine room with Westmorland Oak Panelling. Lady Anne Clifford's chair dated 1660 sits at the edge of the room next to a chest from Guy Fawkes family. A Charles I fireback, given as a gift to Lady Anne, adorns the fireplace as the room is overlooked by a portrait of Richard III who also owned the castle at one time. Steeped in history, this spacious room has several uses. It can comfortably seat 20 people for a small exclusive reception, or alternatively can be used for a high class buffet. (See the functions). The atmosphere and ambience of this exclusive room make will make your special day unique and unforgettable.
    The Great Hall at Appleby Castle was built by Thomas 8th Lord Clifford in 1454. It was refurbished by Thomas Tufton, Lady Anne Cliffords grandson, in 1686 with the addition of Westmorland Oak panelling. Various portraits from the Clifford's family adorn the walls with a replica of George Clifford's armour (Queen Elizabeth's champion) over hanging the fire place. The entrance opens to the inner bailey and a special feature of this hall is a hidden surround sound audio system. The possibilities for this unique room are endless; it can seat approximately 100 guests for a wedding ceremony, can be used for champagne toasts or even for a musical recital or Scottish dancing. Be transformed as you celebrate your wedding day in the style of the aristocracy - a uniquely small piece of history captured at Appleby Castle.
    The Chapel at Appleby Castle was built by Thomas 8th Lord Clifford. It features a stone carved pre-deiu in the wall and dates from 1454. Renovated in 1686 by Thomas Tufton, who added Westmorland Oak Panelling this is an excellent room for guests to sit and relax whilst celebrating your special day. Initially used as a place of prayer it is also one of the rooms in which a wedding ceremony can be held.
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    Package one is for a maximum wedding party of 20 people. It includes the use of the great hall or chapel for one hour only. It then includes the exclusive use of the dining room for several hours to enable you to celebrate your special day in style and grandeur. The menu served will be;
    Three course menu, Pimms on arrival, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot with your meal, still and sparkling mineral bottled water, Champagne with the toasts.
    This is an all inclusive package - the fixed cost is £12500
    There are many optional extras we can organise to make your day special. A few examples are;
  • Horse Drawn Carriage
  • Limousine drop off
  • Specialist musicians
  • Specialist filming of your wedding
  • Five special areas in the castle have been licensed to have weddings. These rooms are;
  • The Great Hall
  • The Chapel
  • The Old Great Hall
  • The Garden

  • Another option may be to have a church ceremony in St Lawrences Church.
    A description of the rooms and churches accompanies their pictures.
    Appleby Castle is the ideal setting for filming. Set in twenty seven acres of private land at the foot of the Penines Appleby Castle is steeped in history and would lend itself to a period drama. The castle features 64 rooms including two halls and very high ceilings throughout. The interior of this grade one listed Castle has been sensitively redecorated to a very high standard in the style of a 17th century home with ancient monuments attached, such as the round tower or dungeon. The Norman Keep is one of the few remaining stone towers in England and little has changed with this building in over 900 years.
    There are several outbuildings, including two lodges, a quadrangle stable block, an over grown walled garden, a bird aviary and animal area nestling alongside the river Eden. The scenery is spectacular and memorable. There are two large secure car parks located in the grounds. This castle has only recently become available for filming and is an opportunity not to be missed.
  • Sports relaxation
  • Fishing
  • Indoor relaxation
  • Great Hall
  • Fine Dining
  • Meeting Rooms
  • In Appleby
  • After a spot of tennis on our new astro turf tennis court, or a work out in the gym, you are able to relax in the hot tub and sauna. The gym features weights, bench press, leg and arm extension machine and a state of the art treadmill. This is right next door to the hot tub (which can accommodate eight people) and sauna room.
    In the town of Appleby, which is right on our doorstep there is also the following sporting facilities of which we are members;
    Squash club with two squash courts.
    A 25 metre indoor swimming pool.
    A Football pitch.
    A cricket club with practice nets.
    A bowling green and clubhouse.
    A trotting track.
  • In the town of Appleby, which is right on our doorstep there is also the following sporting facilities of which we are members;
  • Squash club with two squash courts.
  • A 25 metre indoor swimming pool.
  • A Football pitch.
  • A cricket club with practice nets.
  • A bowling green and clubhouse.
  • A trotting track.
  • Relax in one of three television and video rooms, each equipped with sky television and large plasma screens.
  • Become intrigued by the collection of rare and historical books or play a board game in the library.
  • Play a game of pool or darts in the games room or have a sing along around the piano.
  • There are two great halls. The Old Great Hall was the original Great Hall of Appleby Castle and dates back to the twelfth century. Initially a wooden hall it was converted to stone around 1180 and was used to feast in by Robert De Vipont - the Kings Henchman (who was the guardian of Windsor Castle). The hall was altered in 1454 by Thomas the 8th Lord Clifford who built a new Great Hall above, lowering the ceiling of this room. Relax in-front of a medieval fire place in one of the oldest rooms in the castle.

    Immediately above the old great hall is the great hall that was built in 1454 and renovated in the 17th century. This room has many fine features including the armour of Queen Elizabeth's champion, and many Clifford and Royal family portraits. A modern feature of this room is a hidden surround sound system that lends itself to marriage ceremonies or a relaxing family retreat by the open log fire.
  • Immediately above the old great hall is the great hall that was built in 1454 and renovated the 17th century. This room has many fine features including the armour of Queen Elizabeth's champion, and many Clifford and Royal family portraits. A modern feature of this room is a hidden surround sound system that lends itself to marriage ceremonies or a relaxing family retreat by open log fire.
  • There are three separate rooms for fine dining at Appleby Castle.
    The dining room upstairs features a large oak table with high back chairs capable of seating 20 people. This room was built in 1454 by Thomas the 8th Lord Clifford.
    The refectory or medieval kitchen is one of the oldest rooms in the castle. This room is dominated by a full length portrait of Lady Anne Clifford and has very old tapestries adorning the walls. The floor level is the height that the inner bailey was. This room is also capable of seating 20 people.
    The Old Great Hall was the original Great Hall of Appleby Castle and dates back to the twelfth century. Many a feast was had in this room by Robert De Vipont - the Kings Henchman (who was the guardian of Windsor Castle). The hall was altered in 1454 by Thomas the 8th Lord Clifford who built a new Great Hall above, lowering the ceiling of this room. It can comfortably accommodate between 80 and 100 guests and is the perfect place for a large group.
  • The refectory features stone floors, medium backed chairs, two large tables and a large fire place that has only recently been opened up after one hundred years or more.
  • Adjoining the refectory is the old great hall that can comfortably seat eighty guests. Much attention to detail has been given to these historic and much loved dining rooms that have seen much laughter over the years.
  • Appleby Castle is the perfect place for corporate meetings and entertainment. There are two large halls that can accommodate approximately 80 people each and several smaller rooms with interconnecting doors allowing smaller group discussion. When you need to reward your hard working staff or impress important clients only the best will do - Appleby Castle is the perfect venue.
    Appleby Castle owns the fishing rights on both sides of the river immediately beneath the weir. This is prime fishing territory as the river twists and turns towards the town of Appleby. We are asked each year if we will sell the fishing rights to anglers associations but keep these rights exclusively for our guests. Salmon, Trout and Grayling are just some of the fish which abound in the special stretch of river.
    The facilities of Appleby is still under construction. There are the following services;
  • A 25 meter swimming pool and gym.
  • A football club and field.
  • A cricket club and oval.
  • A squash club with two squash courts and viewing area.
  • A bowling club with bowling green.
  • Ten pubs - each unique.
  • A trotting track.
  • Spa, Coop, Post office, Newsagent, Butcher and many specialty shops.
  • Petrol stations and numerous garages for automotive repairs.
  • A playground and town walks.
  • Evidence Bedroom
  • Vipont Bedroom
  • Clifford Bedroom
  • Tufton Bedroom
  • Thanet
  • In Appleby
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  • The Evidence room has tremendous views over the Pennines and overlooks the meandering Eden river as it twists and turns through the town of Appleby. Features of this room include;
  • A 17th century four poster bed with Westmorland Oak carving.
  • 17th century Westmorland Oak panelling with tapestries adorn the walls.
  • Antique chests and trunks.
  • A wash basin.
  • 24 hr butler service and wireless internet throughout
  • Located at the top of the main stair case, this fine room looks out over the Inner Bailey.
    Features of this room include;
  • A 16th century four poster bed.
  • 17th century Westmorland Oak panelling with tapestries adorning the walls.
  • Antique chests and trunks.
  • An antique writing table.
  • A wash basin.
  • 24 hr butler service and wireless internet throughout.
  • The Tufton bedroom is the only twin double bedroom in the castle.
    Features of this room include;
  • 17th century beds
  • Views over the Inner Bailey
  • Tapestries adorning the walls.
  • An antique writing table.
  • Antique chest and chairs
  • A wash basin and antique mirror.
  • 24 hr butler service and wireless internet throughout.
  • The Clifford bedroom is the bedroom of choice for newly weds which is dominated by a large 17th century four poster bed.
    Features of this room include;
  • Fabric wall hanging adorn the walls in the style of the medieval bedroom.
  • An antique desk and wardrobe.
  • Antique chest and chairs
  • A wash basin.
  • 24 hr butler service and wireless internet throughout.
  • The Thanet bedroom is the only single bedroom in the castle.
    Features of this room include;
  • A unique four poster single bed.
  • An antique writing table.
  • Antique chest and chairs
  • A wash basin with antique mirror
  • 24 hr butler service and wireless internet throughout.
  • The Hothfield bedroom isa corner room of the Castle that was built in the 17th and 18th century. The room has a wash basin, antique furniture and mirrors. Tapestries hang on the walls.
  • All guests that stay in the Castle are complimented with 24 hr butler service. There is wireless internet throughout the castle.
  • The accommodation is still under construction -
  • The accommodation in Appleby includes;
  • Hotels
  • Pubs
  • Guest Houses
  • Wild Rose Caravan Park.
  • Public Transport
  • By Car
  • Lake District
  • Appleby
  • Location Key
  • Travelling from the South West along the M6 to junction 38. Exit at junction 38 and turn left at the first roundabout sign posted to Appleby. Travel for 12 miles along this road until you enter the town of Appleby.
    Travelling to the Castle from the North West. Travel along the M6 to the turn left at junction 40 sign posted for Penrith. Do not go into Penrith but continue on the A66 for approximately 12 miles until you see the sign post for Appleby.
    Travelling from the East - Travel along the A1 and exit at Scotch Corner. Travel along the A66 for approximately 30 miles, past Brough. After Warcop, the next exit is sign posted for Appleby. Take the exit and travel into the town centre, crossing the river. Take the exit, travel into town crossing the river and into the main street. The castle is at the top of the main street.
    Appleby Castle is situated on the edge of the fabulous English Lake district. The breathtaking landscape of the Lake District offers many outdoor activities that will keep active people occupied for days. Specialist tours can be organised to suit all types of people. For the more for the more adventurous extreme sports are also available, or if you want to take it easy there are charming villages and plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained.

    Thousands flock to the lake district each week to experience its outstanding beauty and surreal atmosphere. The lakes has inspired many famous literary scholars such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Appleby Castle is the perfect private and exclusive retreat in this special area of England.
    This section is under construction.
    Appleby Castle is situated at the top of the main street of Appleby.

    Appleby Castle is the place for special functions.

    Bespoke Entertainment.

    The Inner Bailey

    Inside the Castle

    The perfect place for a family function.

    Just tell us what you want.

  • The opportunities are limitless in this medieval jewel.
  • Our facilities are unsurpassable..
  • We have 27 acres of private land and are able to cater for almost anything in our enclosed secure grounds.
  • History and tradition combine with 21st century facilities and service to create an unforgettable and stunning backdrop to your special event.
  • Imagine holding your event in the country retreat of the Third Earl of Cumberland, the Queen's Champion jouster who was a commander that fought the Spanish Armada.
  • Celebrate your special occasion in privacy and style.
  • There are 64 rooms in this hidden gem - a medieval 12th century great hall, a 15th century great hall both of which can accommodate 80+ guests, many smaller corporate meeting and reception rooms and two dinning rooms.
  • Be entertained in the Great Hall. Relax in front of the fire place or taste champagne.
  • Enjoy a cordon bleu banquet in the dinning room.
  • Enjoy a medieval banquet in the medieval great hall in front of a 12th century fire place.
  • Sample some Ale in the medieval dinning room that was initially a kitchen - one of the oldest rooms in the castle.
  • The opportunities to explore this special castle are endless.
  • The Inner Bailey is the perfect place for bands and rock groups to perform, or to have a large party.
  • This large space can be covered by a large marquee to accommodate more than three hundred guests or there can be several smaller marquees.
  • The Norman Keep is one of the few remaining towers of its kind left standing in England. Little has changed to this building in over 900 years. Unfortunately the Keep is undergoing some much needed repairs to the walls at the present time and is not available. It will become available in the future.
  • The Inner Bailey is surrounded by a 15 foot high curtain wall and is extremely private.
  • We have access to a vast array of entertainment.
  • Enjoy the sounds of medieval musical instruments in the ambience of this castle.
  • Or sit and relax to a harpist in the Great Hall whilst you sample some fine champagne.
  • Enjoy Dodgems in the outer bailey.
  • Perhaps a bouncy castle or bull ride for the children
  • Or some clay pigeon shooting for your group.
  • The opportunities are endless and we are able offer the entertainment that you want to make your function or occasion special and memorable.
  • Our goal is to create the function that you desire.
  • Whether your function is outside in the magnificent grounds, or inside the stunning Castle or both, we are able to organise a function that is special and memorable.
  • Our consultants specialise in organising large bespoke functions.
  • Let us do all the work for you - enjoy your special day.
  • Appleby Castle is a jewel in the heart of the Eden valley.
  • What better setting to have your special event in this sanctuary at the foot of the Pennines.
  • We will make your dreams come alive as you celebrate in this simply magnificent surreal setting.


  • Appleby Castle Tours.
  • The most important fortification in the Eden valley raises it's portcullis for guided tours. A unique, entertaining and exciting experience awaits visitors to tour one of Cumbria's oldest, most prestigious and beautiful castles. Owned by the Kings of England and Scotland, Appleby Castle has a rich history dating back to Roman times. Experience how the gentry lived in this jewel of the North of England.
  • This is not your ordinary castle tour
  • This is a very special personal tour - only 12 visitors per tour and only 3 tours per day at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm (on selected days)- by appointment only. Visitors will be greeted at the front gate where a guide will tell you the history of the castle and its owners who have played significant roles in the history of England. There are hidden corners of this castle that have remained unchanged over the centuries - public are being allowed access to them - something that no owner of the castle has ever done before. This castle is a hidden gem in the North of England - the last remaining Clifford castle which is not a ruin. The Castle is closed for tours over the winter months, however register your interest now as numbers are limited.
  • Lady Anne Clifford
  • Lady Anne Clifford, countess dowager of Pembroke, Dorset and Montgomery is without doubt the most celebrated owner of Appleby Castle. She described Appleby Castle as the most ancient seat of her inheritance - it was her favourite castle and she lived here between 1649 and 1676. It is the only remaining Castle from the Clifford's not a ruin. Sit in the Great Hall and listen to her tell you the history of this great castle. The Clifford family played an important role in the history of Great Britain - more important than you might think.
  • See Lady Anne Clifford's chair
  • See Lady Anne's bed
  • Enter the room where Lady Anne kept her Great Book of Records.
  • Read some letters written by Lady Anne.
  • The Great Hall.
  • Soak up the surreal atmosphere of the Great Hall. Surrounded by the shields of all of the owners of the castle, listen to an short informative audio of the history of the castle and its owners. See the suit of armour from George Clifford - Queen Elizabeth's champion jouster. View portraits and other relics that time has forgotten.
  • The Round Tower
  • Not only will you view the round tower from the outside, visitors will be allowed to climb the medieval spiral stair case to the top floor and sit on the garderobe. Unchanged since medieval times this is a unique and memorable experience thats been hidden from public eye for centuries. Experience the castle as it once was - something that is simply just not available anywhere else.
  • Be transformed as you enter the State bedroom
  • All the walls of the state bedroom are covered with wall paper tapestries from the 16th and 17th centuries (or earlier) giving an indication of how all walls in the castle were once covered. Another hidden treasure of Appleby Castle, closed to the public for centuries, this room will amaze and delight.View Lady Anne Clifford's bed.
  • Explore the beautiful grounds
  • Set at the foot of the Pennines, the scenery in the grounds is spectacular and memorable.
  • The ramparts are some of the deepest in the North of England and are a fine example of Norman Military engineering. Walk past the Portcullis door, built in 1180 to the yew tree corridor - over 500+ years old. Soak up the atmosphere of the majestic inner bailey which cherishes one of the finest Keeps in the United Kingdom.
  • Are there ghosts in the castle
  • Yes - there are definitely spirits that walk the floors of Appleby Castle. Parts of the castle are over 900 years old. Remember the castle was a wooden building before it was converted to stone. There is a warm and friendly presence in Appleby Castle - and we do have stories to tell for those that are interested.
  • Afternoon Tea
  • At the conclusion of the tour sit and relax in the old great hall in-front of the 12th century fire place. Included in your admission is locally made cake, served with tea or coffee (or fruit juice).
  • Book your visit
  • Tours of the castle are by appointment only - only 12 people per tour. Appleby Castle is currently closed for tours and will open later in the season. Follow Appleby Castle on twitter and facebook to receive notification of opening times.
  • Contact Address : Appleby Castle
    Appleby in Westmorland
    Cumbria CA16 6XH
    Email : applebycastle1092@gmail.com
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