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The Castle at Carlisle has played a major part in many cross border conflicts.
It dates from the 11th century and is built on the site of much earlier forts built by the Romans. The Keep is one of the oldest surviving parts of the Castle, dating from the 12th century.
In the 16th century Mary Queen of Scots was confined in the Castle and in the 17th century during the English Civil War the Castle was under siege for eight months.
The Castle also has the distinction of being the last English Castle to suffer a siege. During the Jacobite uprising in the 18th century. It was captured by Bonnie Prince Charlies' Army on their way south and on their retreat a small garrison left behind was subsequently recaptured by the Duke of Cumberland. Many of those captured suffered a grizzly end, being hanged, disembowelled and beheaded in the City.
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Carlise Castle Entrance and Keep.
Carlise Castle Entrance.
A view up the cobbled approach and through the entrance.
Closer view of the Keep.
View of the Castle from the footbridge to the City Centre.
Courtyard and entrance to the Military Museum.
Ferret Scout car and 25 Pound Field Gun outside the Military Museum.
Entrance to the courtyard and Keep.
Looking down on the Castle Entrance from the battlements beside the Keep.
Cannon on the battlements.
A view along the battlements to the Keep.
View past the Castle Entrance and City Wall beyond.