Sizergh Castle near Kendal

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle near Kendal,

Sizergh Castle is a 14th-century castle located just 3 miles south of Kendal in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England.

It has been the home of the Strickland family for over 700 years, and is now owned by the National Trust.

Sizergh Castle

The castle is a popular tourist destination, and is known for its beautiful gardens, as well as its history and architecture.

It has an imposing pele-tower house built around 1340 and added to and altered many times over the years.

Further, Sizergh has the best example of Elizabethan quality woodwork in England.

The castle was built in the early 14th century by the Strickland family, who were a powerful family in the Lake District.

The castle was originally built as a defensive stronghold due to aggressive Scottish incursions of the 14th century.

It was later modified to become a more comfortable home. The castle has been extended and modified over the centuries, and it now has a mix of architectural styles.

Sizergh Castle

The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens, which were created in the 19th century. The gardens include a rock garden, a Dutch garden, and a walled garden.

The gardens are home to a variety of plants, including roses, rhododendrons, and azaleas.

The castle is also home to a number of interesting features, including a 17th-century library, a 15th-century chapel, and a secret passage.

One of Sizergh’s delightful treasurers is the 17th-century Goan bedspread of King James II.

The fabric is on display at the house for the first time in its history.

The 300-year old Indian bedspread is made from satin, with gold thread stitched into an intricate design of mythical creatures.

The bedspread was gifted to the Strickland family in the 1600s as a thank you for their loyalty. 

Sir Thomas and Winifred Strickland were considered friends of the King and Queen having accompanied them to France in 1688.

The house, grounds with lakes and rock gardens are open to the public from April to October.

Sizergh Castle

The castle is a fascinating place to visit, and it offers a glimpse into the history of the Lake District.

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