History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Bishop based his castle on the remains of an earlier simple fort established during the reign of King Stephen (1135-1154). The castle was partly dismantled in 1403 but was rebuilt in 1429.It was left to moulder after that, however, and by 1537 it was in ruins.
It was later used as a fortified warehouse for storing grain and wool. The castle remains are generally in good condition, but the easternmost part of the site has fallen into the sea due to the effects of erosion.
A curious tradition persists on Piel Island. If you ask for the honour, the landlord of the Ship Inn can proclaim you a 'Knight of Piel Island'.
About Piel Castle
Address: Piel Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England, LA13 0QN
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: Access by paid ferry from Barrow
Website: Piel Castle
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Photo Credit: Ian Taylor, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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