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  • Lady Anne's Cottage no2 - one of the luxury self-contained holiday cottages at Appleby Castle
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    Castle re-opening dates

    Appleby Castle is delighted to announce from 12th April 2021 you will be able to stay in our luxury self-catering cottages. The three holiday cottages are located within the inner bailey, next to the 12th Century Norman Keep. The the cottages recently underwent a total renovation and are full of period features, comfortable furnishings and modern appliances.

    The Castle and grounds will re-open to visitors on 17th May 2021.

  • Bride, groom and family enjoy their wedding at Appleby Castle in Cumbria
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    Styling Tips – A Castle Wedding

    When you have selected a grand castle for your special celebration there can be an immediate styling concept that includes dark reds and gold. It fits with the decor and antiques and shouts luxury and opulence. But what if you don’t want to follow that? What if you want to ensure your personalities are reflected in your wedding styling?

    Let us share some top tips on ensuring you don’t dress the event for the venue but you do it for you

    1. Investigate – When you look at the venue, are there key colours or textures that stand out. Perhaps the main space is adorned with navy curtains? Maybe the stonework is a beautiful pale grey? Look in detail at the castle and its furniture. Make a note of special elements and perhaps that can be the start of your theme.

    2. Minimise – With so much going on in a castle’s decor, remember to keep your additions simple. Your styling should highlight areas not fight with them. Try not to over do it and waste your efforts.

    3. Personalise – The overall effect of a castle wedding is jaw dropping. You could do nothing to the space and your guests will be excited! So, you could put your efforts into the personal touches such as notecards for each guest, mini funny quizzes, pots of DIY lego or origami, photo keepsakes…

    4. Embrace – If the reason you’ve picked your castle is because the look and finish is beautiful, embrace that style! You can go with the style without overdoing it. Think about the luxury and details. Consider crystal glassware, gilt edged plates, plenty of candlelight, velvet ribbons, satin gowns and English roses. Indulgent small touches can have a massive impact if done well.

    5. Capture – To ensure you remember your efforts and the atmosphere, choose a photography and / or videographer that can work with not just the styling but the lighting. Capture the small details as well as the scale. Create a collection of keepsakes that showcase all that effort you put into the decor.

    The key to a castle wedding is working with what you have, emphasising the history and story behind such an epic place. It doesn’t have to be stereotypically lavish and OTT, it can be luxurious and atmospheric while representing you and your story.


    For more ideas, details and information, reach out to us here at Appleby Castle. We will help as much as possible to ensure your day is the perfect start to your own castle fairytale.

  • Aerial view of the Norman Keep at Appleby Castle
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    Stay at the Castle in December

    Throughout December, Appleby Castle will be open to people wishing to stay in one of the Castle’s luxurious bedrooms or self-contained holiday cottages.

    Note: The Castle’s grounds and tours are closed for the Winter period and will re-open on 1st April 2021.

  • Large four poster bed and antique wall coverings in the State bedroom at Appleby Castle
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    Re-opening to guests 4th July 2020

    After a rather bleak period of isolation and stagnation which has weighed heavily on us all, Appleby Castle is delighted to announce that we shall be raising the portcullis once again on Saturday 4th July 2020!

    We look forward to welcoming all who seek to stay and relax in the peace and quiet of our rural estate and in the safety of our ancient walls. Measures will be in place to ensure that all our guests can enjoy the freedom and tranquility that the countryside has to offer. Beauty, romance and peace awaits all those who stay at Appleby Castle.

  • posters for theatre events at Appleby Castle
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    Our 2019 season of outdoor theatre and special events!

    Appleby Castle is going to host special events all year round. Please check the EVENTS page for full listings.

  • Guests enjoying a wedding at Appleby Castle
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    Closed 25 & 26 August 2018

    The grounds of Appleby Castle will be closed for the weekend 5th & 6th of October 2018 as the Castle has been booked for a family wedding.

    The grounds will re-open on Monday 7th October 2018 at 11.30am. Guided tours will also be available at 12.30pm and 1.30pm.