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Pictures of Cockermouth Castle

a Castle in the town of Cockermouth, in the county of Cumbria

About Cockermouth Castle

These wonderful ruins of a by-gone age can be discovered in the charming inland resort of Cockermouth, amongst Lakeland's majestic fells, tarns and lakes.

The castle was originally built in 1134, but the remains as we view them today are mostly from the 14th century. The location of the castle at the junction of the Cocker and Derwent rivers is simply stunning, the sparkling waters add much to the overall charm and atmosphere of this truly wonderful place.

Mostly Cockermouth Castle led a peaceful existence, it played an important role in the Wars of the Roses, and was the scene of action during the Civil War of the mid 17th century. Following this Parliament gave orders for its destruction and left open to the elements, much of it became a romantic ruin, but its dungeons remain preserved.

The only habitable part of the castle is the Wyndham rooms built along the outer bailey, these are occupied as the home of the Dowager, Lady Egremont.

The castle is only open on special occasions, such as during the Cockermouth Festival in July.

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