With panoramic views over the Eden valley, the 13th century castle has a maze of passages and spiral stairways to explore. The grounds also make it an ideal picnic spot.
Visit the English Heritage website
While here visit the almost next door Brocavum Roman fort.
What makes it special
- Explore the maze of passages and staircases
- Enjoy a picnic in the grounds by the River Eamont
- Visit the nearby Brocavum Roman fort
Summer - daily 10:00 to 18:00
October to 3rd November - daily 10:00 to 16:00
November to March - weekends 10:00 to 16:00
Member - free
Adult - £5.70 (with Gift Aid £6.30)
Child (5-17 years) - £3.40 (with Gift Aid £3.80)
Concession tool-tip - £5.10 (with Gift Aid £5.70)
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) - £14.80 (with Gift Aid £16.40)
Other things to do nearby
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The second largest lake in the Lake District is nine miles long, snaking through a stunning valley between high mountains, none more impressive than Helvellyn to its southwest.
You can approach Cross Fell, the highest point along the Pennine Way from the hostel. Don't miss High Cup Nick, an impressive geological feature popular with walkers, and the North Pennines very
An activity centre offering horse riding for all abilities, archery and quad biking to name but a few. Visit the website for full details
Indulge in impressive mountain scenery and a 65ft waterfall that inspired many of Wordsworth's great works. See the National Trust website See the Visit Cumbria website
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There's fantastic road cycling around Dufton with lots of quiet roads making it suitable for all cycling abilities.
Ullswater, the second largest lake in England is great for a wide variety of watersports from sailing to windsurfing.
Hire out a sailboat, canoe or kayak for use on Ullswater. A range of courses are offered. Visit the Centre's website for more details.
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1.5 miles A ferry service with great views of “England’s most beautiful lake”. Sails from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge, stopping in the summer at Howtown.
Situated on the Coast to Coast route, the hostel is great for accessing Helvellyn, the second highest mountain in the Lakes.
To fully experience Lake Ullswater, hire a self-drive motor, fishing or rowing boat or cycle the shoreline on a Mountain bike. Visit the website
For the full mountain experience, serious climbers can try the exposed technical routes of Dove Crag, Raven Crag and Eagle Crag - three star routes within walking distance of the hostel.