A couple of week’s ago, on Remembrance Sunday, we visited Carlisle Castle which in hindsight probably wasn’t the greatest of days to go – no because of the Remembrance parade as that was lovely to see in such close quarters but because the weather was awful.
It was freezing cold and drizzling the whole time we were there and although we’re not averse to the odd bit of bad weather on our days out, the fact it was bad the whole time we were there did put a bit of a dampener on the afternoon!
If you’ve never been to Carlisle Caste, this is what the Englush Heritage website says about it:
Standing proudly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle remained a working fortress until well within living memory. It has withstood many sieges, contained a valuable royal prisoner, and been home to the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment. Discover the castle’s turbulent past in the fascinating family-friendly exhibition. Explore medieval castle rooms as well as 19th century military buildings, and visit Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life.
Carlisle Castle really is an impressive sight as you drive up to it and it’s certainly a beautiful place to visit….
We didn’t really get chance to see it in all of it’s glory though and if I’m honest, the kids had more fun splashing in the puddles and kicking up leaves….
There were lots of different rooms to explore and the kids loved that you could walk around the top of the castle on the ‘wall walk’ as well as go down in to the battlements in the dungeons of the castle but the stairs were quite slippy because of the rain so it was very slow going which took some of the fun out of it for them I think.
The highlight of the day was definitely the Remembrance Parade which had already wound it’s way through Carlisle and ended up in the courtyard at the castle just meters away from where we were stood….
We didn’t have the best of days but I think we’d have had a much better day if we’d had just a little bit of sunshine!
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