Dalton Castle
Dalton-in-Furness, South Lakes

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The imposing Dalton Castle
Dalton Castle

The National Trust site of Dalton Castle remains, in the centre of Dalton, stand as a reminder of the Scottish invasions and the turbulent history of the village. The magnificent dungeon tower is open to visitors during summer afternoons, and informative guided tours are also available.

An imposing dungeon tower stands in the heart of Dalton. A 12th century peel tower dungeon with spiral staircase is what remains of Dalton Castle located in the old settlement of Dalton-in-Furness, which is mentioned in the doomsday book.

It is thought the original castle was built in AD 79, but the present castle was built between 1314 and 1360 when Cumbria was invaded by Scotland. The tower which stands in Dalton today is a rectangle 45 feet by 30 feet, with walls 6 feet thick.

Originally it was built for defence but has since been used as a prison and courthouse. The castle is owned by the National Trust at present and inside there is an exhibition of some recently restored armour, local artefacts which tell the story of the monks of Furness and some work of the 18th century portraitist George Romney.

There is the opportunity to take a guided tour and learn about the lives of the monks of Furness and of the Abbot. Social events are held regularly on the last Friday of every month.

Dalton Castle is open to visitors from April to September between the hours of 2pm and 5pm, admission is free to everyone.

Dalton Castle
Market Square
LA15 8BU
01229 463293

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