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Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2AA
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Brougham Castle was founded in the early 13th century and lay just two miles outside Penrith. The largely original but substantially intact castle is set at a crossing of the River Eamont in scenic countryside. It was originally the site of a Roman fort, which was later procured by the Norman family of Vieuxpont. They went on to build the castle as an exclusive residence and fortification against Scots invaders. Today, the top of the keep provides panoramic views over the Eden Valley and serves along a beautiful Riverside Walk.
Both a formidable barrier against Scots invaders and a prestigious residence, the castle welcomed Edward I in 1300. A complex of passages and spiral stairways makes Brougham a fascinating castle to explore, as well as an ideal picnic setting for a family day out.
The top of the keep provides panoramic views over the Eden Valley.