For those of us who love history, a visit to Appleby Castle is a joy. From the beautifully attractive castle to its intact Norman Keep, being over 900 years old. The Castle, Keep and holiday cottages – whose history dates back to Roman times – sit deep in the heart of the Eden Valley, alongside the meandering River Eden. At certain times throughout the year the estate holds open air theatres and battle re-enactments. On the day we visited the sun was shining allowing us to discover paths (some of which were under restoration at the time of our visit) and gardens in all their glory, whilst children were splashing in the river or charging about in the play area.
Tea, coffee and cakes were available in the café (located in the main building) and being able to watch the theatre performances was fascinating whilst getting a feel for how the people lived and dressed was very informative.
The car park was free and our entry fee was discounted at £8 each, the only benefits for reaching a certain age. There were no time constraints leaving you free to enjoy the day at your own pace. Thoroughly recommended, although check with the tourist information board for up-to-date events before you visit.
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