The Keep (Caesar's Tower), Appleby Castle, Appleby-in-Westmorland - Eden

Square stone keep, three lower storeys built circa 1170, upper storey later. Upper parts altered C17 and C18. Has suffered from lack of maintenance for many years, resulting in cracking and differential settling of the structure, and problems with water ingress. Following an investigative stage, a phase of repairs grant aided by Historic England and the Country Houses Foundation is nearing completion.

The Keep (Caesar's Tower), Appleby Castle, Appleby-in-Westmorland - Eden
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Appleby Castle, uninhabited portions
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1003276
  • Local Planning Authority: Eden
  • Site Type: Defence > Castle


  • Building Name: The Keep (Caesar's Tower)
  • Locality: Appleby Castle
  • County: Cumbria
  • District / Borough: Eden
  • Parish: Appleby-in-Westmorland
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Penrith and The Border
  • Region: North West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: F - Repair scheme in progress and (where applicable) end use or user identified; or functionally redundant buildings with new use agreed but not yet implemented.
  • Previous Priority: F
  • Ownership: Commercial company
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument and Listed Building grade I, LB grade I, part in RPG grade II*, CA
  • List Entry Number(s): 1003276 and 1145604