Brougham Castle

Brougham Castle


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.

See the Historic England entry, and Wikipedia entry

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

Opening Times

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)

Hostels nearby

YHA Dufton exterior

YHA Dufton

Sole use
Free on-street parking

Brougham Castle

Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2AA

Map references

OS Map: 90

OS Grid Ref: NY537290

Lat/Lng: 54.654297, -2.718054

Contact information

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