Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle, England


Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle, England

This evening, my focus is on Carlisle Castle  in N.W. England which is prominently positioned overlooking the flood plain of the river Eden. This castle is some 900 years old and is built of red sandstone on the site of first century AD Roman fort. It has featured in border wars against the Scots, served as a base for patrolling a unruly border in Tudor times and was subject or re-fortification in the early 19th century in context of controlling political unrest of the times.

Carlisle Castle has also served as a prison over the centuries with most famous ‘inmate’ being Mary Queen of Scots in 1567.

A section of the castle interior is still used by British military today.

The castle site includes:

  • A Gatehouse.
  • Half-moon battery.
  • Captain’s Tower.
  • Powder Magazine
  • Museum
  • Postern
  • Keep
  • Tower.
  • Great Hall.
Interior Gateway, Carlisle Castle

Interior Gateway, Carlisle Castle, England


Inside Great Hall of Carlisle Castle

Inside Great Hall of Carlisle Castle, England

I usually visit this castle in context of tours of Hadrian’s Wall.

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