William Rufus started building Carlisle, Cumbria castle in 1092. The massive Norman keep was finished in the 12th century. The main gate is 14th century
The keep has 15 foot thick walls and there is the condemned cell complete with the scratched graffiti of the men doomed to die
Then there are the 'licking stones'. Jacobite prisoners thrown into the dungeons
without food or water got enough moisture to stay alive by licking the stones, only to be
brutally executed on Gallows Hill. .
You may take a guided tour of the Castle, and get to know its history
The Castle is also home to the Border Regiment Museum. This tells the history of Cumbria's County Infantry Regiment, the Border Regiment and the King's Own Royal Border Regiment and local Militia.
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