Kendal’s first castle (a wooden structure) was erected at Castle Howe.
It was later replaced by this stone-built Kendal Castle on the eastern side of the River Kent where the ruin still stands today.
This 13th-century castle stands high above the town built on a drumlin or glacial hill.
For over 200 years this castle was the seat of power for the barons of Kendal.
On the death of the last baron in 1571, William Parr, the castle fell into its current ruinous state.
There is a local claim that Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII, was born at the castle are probably more fiction than fact!
Only a couple of solitary turrets of this once-powerful stronghold now remain.
From the top of the hill, you get some fine views over the ‘Auld Grey Town’.
To get to the castle from the town centre, follow Aynam Road and walk up Parr Street.