Best castles in Lake District

Check out the top castles in Lake District, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Muncaster Castle
1. Muncaster Castle
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26 local reviews
Muncaster Castle
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Ali
The historic haunted castle, still a lived-in family home after nine centuries, commands lower Eskdale from…
Piers
The grand old castle is an unmissable day out. The gardens are huge and beautiful with unbelievable displays…
Iona
Muncaster Castle makes for a perfect day out for the whole family. Castle, gardens, displays and experiences…
1. Muncaster Castle
1. Muncaster Castle
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26 local reviews
Muncaster Castle
Ali
Ali
The historic haunted castle, still a lived-in family home after nine centuries, commands lower Eskdale from its vantage point above the…
Piers
Piers
The grand old castle is an unmissable day out. The gardens are huge and beautiful with unbelievable displays of bluebells and rhododendrons…
Iona
Iona
Muncaster Castle makes for a perfect day out for the whole family. Castle, gardens, displays and experiences make this the place to be in…
2. Lowther Castle & Gardens
2. Lowther Castle & Gardens
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14 local reviews
Lowther Castle & Gardens, Penrith
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
01931 712192
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Claire
Within walking distance (about 50 mins along pretty stretch of river through deer park) or 5 mins by car…
Wendy
Romantic castle the family seat of the Lowthers (the Yellow Earl) the Duke of Lonsdale. Now being partially…
Ken
The castle stands on a site occupied by the Lowther family for over 800 years. The castle was completed in…
2. Lowther Castle & Gardens
2. Lowther Castle & Gardens
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14 local reviews
Lowther Castle & Gardens, Penrith
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
01931 712192
Claire
Claire
Within walking distance (about 50 mins along pretty stretch of river through deer park) or 5 mins by car. Stunning ruined castle, amazing…
Wendy
Wendy
Romantic castle the family seat of the Lowthers (the Yellow Earl) the Duke of Lonsdale. Now being partially restored into a visitor centre,…
Ken
Ken
The castle stands on a site occupied by the Lowther family for over 800 years. The castle was completed in 1806 and a beautiful sculpture…
3. Muncaster Castle
3. Muncaster Castle
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9 local reviews
Muncaster Castle
01229 717614
Establishment
Jan
Muncaster Castle, situated at Ravenglass, with Scafell Pike in the background, England´s tallest peak, has…
Mike
Home of the local gentry ( v friendly), open beautiful grounds famous for rhododendren colleection and Owl…
Yvonne
Owl centre, extensive gardens, good views and castle.
3. Muncaster Castle
3. Muncaster Castle
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9 local reviews
Muncaster Castle
01229 717614
Jan
Jan
Muncaster Castle, situated at Ravenglass, with Scafell Pike in the background, England´s tallest peak, has over 75 acres of woodland…
Mike
Mike
Home of the local gentry ( v friendly), open beautiful grounds famous for rhododendren colleection and Owl Centre, castle open for a visit…
Yvonne
Yvonne
Owl centre, extensive gardens, good views and castle.
4. Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust
4. Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust
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7 local reviews
Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
01931 712192
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Nicola
Good cafe, and gardens to look around. The castle is partly a ruin, as are the gardens. Beware the entrance…
Andrew
The Lowther family have been part of Cumbria life for generations; the castle, grounds, and gardens are a…
Mark And Rachel
Private castle ruins and amazing huge wooden castle adventure playground! Hours of fun and forest cafe. Castle…
4. Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust
4. Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust
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7 local reviews
Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
01931 712192
Nicola
Nicola
Good cafe, and gardens to look around. The castle is partly a ruin, as are the gardens. Beware the entrance cost to said dilapidated…
Andrew
Andrew
The Lowther family have been part of Cumbria life for generations; the castle, grounds, and gardens are a lovely way to spend an afternoon;…
Mark And Rachel
Mark And Rachel
Private castle ruins and amazing huge wooden castle adventure playground! Hours of fun and forest cafe. Castle exhibits and history and…
5. Sizergh Castle
5. Sizergh Castle
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14 local reviews
Sizergh Castle, Kendal
015395 60951
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Sara & Matthew
Sizergh Castle and Garden is a castle, stately home and garden at Helsington in the English county of Cumbria,…
Lea And Jonty
Gorgeous 12th century castle, Elizabethan stately home and gardens.
Matthew
National Trust Castle and Gardens + the obligatory Tea Shop
5. Sizergh Castle
5. Sizergh Castle
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14 local reviews
Sizergh Castle, Kendal
015395 60951
Sara & Matthew
Sara & Matthew
Sizergh Castle and Garden is a castle, stately home and garden at Helsington in the English county of Cumbria, about 4 miles south of…
Lea And Jonty
Lea And Jonty
Gorgeous 12th century castle, Elizabethan stately home and gardens.
Matthew
Matthew
National Trust Castle and Gardens + the obligatory Tea Shop
6. Kendal Castle
6. Kendal Castle
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14 local reviews
Castle Hill, Kendal
01539 797516
Establishment
Rachel
Lovely old castle ruin situated atop a drumlin, (a mound of earth formed by glacial ice activity) with great…
Caryn
Ruined castle. Nice walk from Colour House (15 minutes). Great views from the top. Good place for a picnic.
Josie
Castle ruins, lovely green space with views across Kendal. Totally free.
6. Kendal Castle
6. Kendal Castle
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14 local reviews
Castle Hill, Kendal
01539 797516
Rachel
Rachel
Lovely old castle ruin situated atop a drumlin, (a mound of earth formed by glacial ice activity) with great views across the town and…
Caryn
Caryn
Ruined castle. Nice walk from Colour House (15 minutes). Great views from the top. Good place for a picnic.
Josie
Josie
Castle ruins, lovely green space with views across Kendal. Totally free.
7. National Trust - Wray Castle
7. National Trust - Wray Castle
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8 local reviews
National Trust - Wray Castle, Low Wray
015394 33250
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Cecilia
Wray Castle is a Victorian neo-gothic building with a fascinating history. Extensive gardens, good tea shop…
Richard
Lovely castle overlooking the lake. Fab Cafe with locally produced fare, delicious
7. National Trust - Wray Castle
7. National Trust - Wray Castle
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8 local reviews
National Trust - Wray Castle, Low Wray
015394 33250
Cecilia
Cecilia
Wray Castle is a Victorian neo-gothic building with a fascinating history. Extensive gardens, good tea shop and lots of activities for all…
Richard
Richard
Lovely castle overlooking the lake. Fab Cafe with locally produced fare, delicious
8. Sizergh Castle Cafe and Shop
8. Sizergh Castle Cafe and Shop
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8 local reviews
Ashbank Ln
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
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Jadine
A lovely walk by the river will get you to the castle, where you can explore the beautiful grounds and have a…
Indre
Historic Castle and grounds
8. Sizergh Castle Cafe and Shop
8. Sizergh Castle Cafe and Shop
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8 local reviews
Ashbank Ln
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
Jadine
Jadine
A lovely walk by the river will get you to the castle, where you can explore the beautiful grounds and have a coffee in their cafe.
Indre
Indre
Historic Castle and grounds
9. Penrith Castle
9. Penrith Castle
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5 local reviews
Point of interestEstablishment
Robert
The imposing ruins of Penrith Castle have an intriguing history. It was begun in 1399, when William…
Richard
Once owned by Richard 111, the ruins of the castle can be seen opposite Penrith raliway station with free…
Jonny
A historic sight of castle ruins
Robert
Robert
The imposing ruins of Penrith Castle have an intriguing history. It was begun in 1399, when William Strickland, later to become Bishop of…
Richard
Richard
Once owned by Richard 111, the ruins of the castle can be seen opposite Penrith raliway station with free entry.
Jonny
Jonny
A historic sight of castle ruins
10. Keswick
10. Keswick
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21 local reviews
Keswick, Keswick
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Coral
Lots of quaint shops, great for outdoor clothing and trinkets. Touristy but well worth a visit. Outdoor…
10. Keswick
10. Keswick
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21 local reviews
Keswick, Keswick
Coral
Coral
Lots of quaint shops, great for outdoor clothing and trinkets. Touristy but well worth a visit. Outdoor Market on certain days. Lots of…
11. Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop & Tea Room
11. Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop & Tea Room
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21 local reviews
Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop & Tea Room, Kendal
Open · Closes 5:30 PM
015395 60426
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Jadine
This cute little farm shop and tea room is located near to the castle, supplying fresh produce you can even…
11. Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop & Tea Room
11. Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop & Tea Room
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21 local reviews
Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop & Tea Room, Kendal
Open · Closes 5:30 PM
015395 60426
Jadine
Jadine
This cute little farm shop and tea room is located near to the castle, supplying fresh produce you can even see the cows been milked
12. Bassenthwaite Lake
12. Bassenthwaite Lake
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4 local reviews
Bassenthwaite Lake
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Coral
Take a walk by the lake. Fishing licence available from Castle Inn. Kyaking lessons available from…
12. Bassenthwaite Lake
12. Bassenthwaite Lake
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4 local reviews
Bassenthwaite Lake
Coral
Coral
Take a walk by the lake. Fishing licence available from Castle Inn. Kyaking lessons available from Bassenfell Christian Centre (by…