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Tour and stay at cottage in grounds

Great place to visit. Full of history and quite beautiful. Tour was a bit date focussed for the... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
Caitlin H
Liverpool, United Kingdom
via mobile
An amazing experience

When our daughter booked my husband and me into Appleby Castle has a treat to celebrate our Golden... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nottingham, 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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Appleby Castle Boroughgate, Appleby CA16 6XH, England
+44 17683 30318
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When our daughter booked my husband and me into Appleby Castle has a treat to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary we didn’t know what to expect but we needn’t have worried, from walking through the door we were made very welcome. The Castle is full...More

2  Thank jlynda860
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I recently visited the castle for a short break. It is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited and is certainly on my list to visit again. The bedrooms were all individual and very well maintained. The bathrooms are...More

2  Thank AnnN1050
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed in a local Hotel spa in Appleby, and decided to dine at the Castle on the Sunday night. We planned our weekend to a tee so we had plenty to do and see, especially with Appleby not being very big. So you can...More

3  Thank Carrie T
Reviewed September 10, 2018

We visited Appleby on a recent train excursion and were looking forward to walking in the castle grounds, as the website suggested. (We didn't have time to book a tour or tea.) It looked very interesting from the main gate but, even at lunchtime on...More

2  Thank L5162TIhelen
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

On a day trip arriving just before 1pm and catching the train back shortly after 5pm. Had a spot of lunch and noted on the website that the grounds are open daily from 11:45am (no mention easily evident regarding closing times). Trekked up the hill...More

2  Thank motorman1959
Reviewed August 17, 2018

It's lovely to see Appleby Castle accessible again- it really is a beautiful place. The restoration and renovations are interesting and it'll be great to see how they progress. The walk along the river is very pretty. My advice is to pay to see the...More

1  Thank Bob190736
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit. Full of history and quite beautiful. Tour was a bit date focussed for the boys - needed to be more theatrical and bring history to life. Essentially we were very happy - the only thing that got our attention was overpriced...More

Thank Caitlin H
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

I did a tour of the castle one afternoon, if I’m honest it was all a bit brief and ultimately disappointing. The castle itself is magnificent in a spectacular setting above the town dominated by the Norman keep. The tour lasts fifty five minutes and...More

2  Thank Stuart C
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Visited the lovely town of Appleby and decided to visit the castle. Upon passing through the gates into the castle grounds a lady appeared from her shed and we paid £13.50, £5.00 for adults £3.50 for a child. We then proceeded up to the castle,...More

2  Thank JimG2871
Reviewed July 24, 2018

My family kindly gave my wife and myself a smartbox gift voucher for afternoon tea at Appleby Castle. As we were in the area on holiday, we decided to visit, and arrived at the designated time. This is our first experience of an 'afternoon tea',...More

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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
January 11, 2015|
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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