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Appleby Castle

Appleby Castle Boroughgate, Appleby CA16 6XH, England
+44 17683 30318
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Wedding May 2018

We got married at the Castle on the 29th May and we had the most amazing day! We were made to feel... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lynnebravington
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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Hidden Gem

We came up to Appleby for a day trip at half term..... found our way to the castle by chance. We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lynda A
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Bury, United Kingdom
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Deep in the heart of the Eden Valley, nestling alongside the meandering river Eden, stands Appleby Castle. This spectacular motte and bailey castle has been held by the Kings of England and Scotland and boasts one of the few remaining intact Norman keeps (not a ruin). Experience the tranquil stunning scenery of this special place. The most important fortification in the Eden valley raises it's portcullis for guided tours. A unique, entertaining and exciting experience awaits visitors to tour one of Cumbria's oldest, most prestigious and beautiful castles. Appleby Castle has a rich history dating back to Roman times.
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“the owner” (31 reviews)
“four poster bed” (10 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Appleby Castle Boroughgate, Appleby CA16 6XH, England
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+44 17683 30318
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got married at the Castle on the 29th May and we had the most amazing day! We were made to feel really welcome and even the groundsman knew we were coming! The State bedroom is beautiful and very special. Peter made us feel very...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came up to Appleby for a day trip at half term..... found our way to the castle by chance. We were welcomed straight away......we just paid for the grounds.. gorgeous....still quite wild but superb. Definitely worth a visit and worth returning very soon ....More

Thank Lynda A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The castle itself was closed and a big sign on the gate warned strollers not to enter. Still, a nice walk up from the town brings one up to the castle site itself from which good views can be obtained over the surrounding countryside. Castle...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My mother and I  attended a guided tour of Appleby castle on the 21st May. Just the two of us on this day. If it's a history lesson from a history graduate that interests you, then this is the tour for you. If it is...More

Thank Donna G
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Peter B, General Manager at Appleby Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments which we take very seriously. I am sorry that you did not enjoy the tour of Appleby Castle.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We'd been before two or three years ago and appreciated that it's work in progress. It must cost a fortune for a private owner to develop and maintain a place like this. But if you'e going to do it, do it properly, and be honest....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Paid £5 each to visit the gardens today the poster outside said there was a tea room. We had no map given to us and after walking a dark scrubby woodland path we realised most places were of bounds you could walk down to the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked a tour for 12.30 today Wednesday May 16th. Excellent tour guide in Kenneth who really knew his stuff. Took us on a tour round the outside of the castle giving us all the history of the castle then took us into the Great Hall...More

Thank Penny G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recently had a guided tour, the tour guide was very enthusiastic and knew what he was talking about, the ticket lady was extremely friendly and could have took her dog home, could have sat there all day with her, on exiting the castle was approached...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

This is place is fantastic and if you have the opportunity you need to stay here!! Sally Nightingale (owner) and her staff (especially James) do an amazing job of creating a warm, intimate, welcoming hotel in a very old castle. When you walk through the...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately I did not take the time to read trip advisors review of the guided tour and we went on it unknowingly. As said previously the guide is very odd and his opinion on Donald Trump......"hate that man" and Alnwick castle "allegidly parts of Harry...More

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Peter B, General Manager at Appleby Castle, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2018

Dear Dawn, Thank you for your feedback. I can only apologise for the tour guide expressing political opinions and have spoken to him about this. The tour guide concerned is a little eccentric, extremely enthusiastic and a graduate with a degree in history. His knowledge...More

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tealejc
October 10, 2016|
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Response from jane m | Reviewed this property |
You should contact the card company and explain the situation and they can cancel the authorisation. Usually when l book a room in a hotel, the card is just held in reserve on the booked room but it's not required until l... More
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daveanlynne
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Response from John_at_The_Hollies | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure if Margaret has the correct castle in mind since last year there was no café, although refreshments were served at the end of castle tours. The grounds were not open to the public last year due to H&S red tape... More
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