Kirkoswald Castle, Kirkoswald - Eden

Heavily overgrown late C15 ruin with stone bridge over the moat. North tower 20 metres high with staircase. Vaulted cellars. West tower collapsed in 1993. Large saplings grow from the walls at all levels and roots are dislodging the facing stones. Mature hawthorns growing on the bridge have also dislodged many stones.

Kirkoswald Castle, Kirkoswald - Eden
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Kirkoswald Castle moated site
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1019939
  • Local Planning Authority: Eden
  • Site Type: Defence > Castle


  • Building Name: Kirkoswald Castle
  • County: Cumbria
  • District / Borough: Eden
  • Parish: Kirkoswald
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Penrith and The Border
  • Region: North West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: A
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument and Listed Building grade II, CA
  • List Entry Number(s): 1019939 and 1327059