This is no ordinary Castle tour and bookings are adviseable.
FOR GUIDED TOURS:
FAMILIES £25 (2 ADULTS AND CHILDREN)
Visitors will be greeted at the front gate where a guide will tell you the history of the Castle and it’s 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. This Castle is a hidden gem in the North of England – the last remaining Clifford Castle which is not a ruin.
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.
• 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 the story of the castle owners from the most significant room in the castle. See the suit of armour from George Clifford – Queen Elizabeth’s champion jouster. View portraits and other relics that time has forgotten.
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. 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.
The tour includes:
Outside the round Tower
The portcullis door
An interactive armour display in the Old Great Hall (dates from 1180)
Visit the Great Hall built in 1454.
ONLY 20 PLACES PER TOUR.
Adults : £9.50 (ONLINE ) OR £10 AT THE GATE.
Duration of the tour is 55 minutes leaving ample time for lunch in the Malice Scourge or and afternoon tea.