Thursday, 9 March 2017

Raby Castle - Cumbria

This is a lovely castle and the gardens are worth a visit in their own right.

The land came into the possession of John Neville, 3rd Baron Neville & Raby and he began constructing a moated castle in 1367, with work completed around 1390. The Nevilles made the mistake of backing Mary Queen of Scots in the rising of the North. This resulted in the castle being taken into Royal hands as punishment.

In 1626 the castle was sold by the crown to Sir Henry Vane the Elder. He made several alterations and extensions and a hundred years later the castle was further enlarged. The castle is no longer surrounded by a moat on all sides. The castle stands proud and large and is unusual in the it has 9 towers.

Although still a family home the castle is open from April to June and then September to October. The interior is packed with fine arts, old masters and portraits. The furniture is worthy of inspection and the gardens are attractive and reflect the seasons.



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