Best Castles and Palaces In Lake District, Cumbria

We've rounded up the best castles and palaces in Lake District in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 10 Lake District castles and palaces to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including tourist attractions, or museums and art galleries. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the castles and palaces we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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Wray Castle

  • Ambleside
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Wray Castle is a veritable king of castles: turrets, towers, period dressing-up, castle building room, hidden treasure to find, the new Peter Rabbit...

Muncaster Castle4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Ravenglass
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

An enchanting visit awaits you and your family at Muncaster Castle full of discovery. Tom Fool the court Jester is on hand for an audio tour around t...

Lancaster Castle5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Lancaster
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

At Lancaster Castle families are welcome but the use of the building by the court does mean that all access is by guided tour, which might be too lon...

Carlisle Castle

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Standing proudly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living...

Bolton Castle

  • Leyburn
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Bolton Castle is superb medieval fortress with a packed programme of daily events and activities indoors and out, great for a family day trip! Family...

Barnard Castle

  • Barnard Castle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Barnard Castle is a charming historical visit great for both kids who like to get imaginative in the atmosphere and for those more academic types wan...

Skipton Castle4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Skipton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

A remarkable tribute to master craftsmen, Skipton Castle still stands today complete and habitable after 900 years at the head of the bustling High S...

Raby Castle

  • Darlington
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Every single one of the atmospheric rooms in Raby Castle, from the magnificent Barons' Hall to the Mediaeval Kitchen gives fascinating insights into...

Richmond Castle

  • Richmond
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Richmond Castle was originally built to subdue the unruly North of England and is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain, great for visitin...

Caerlaverock Castle

  • Dumfries
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold. The castle's turbulent...

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