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Castle Hill has spectacular views of Kendal and the surrounding areas of the Kent Valley, the Pennines and south towards Morecambe Bay. North of the castle there is a panorama panel which names the northern fells.
Most of the castle wall survives along with one of its towers. From the bottom of the dry ditch the most important building in the castle remains to a significant height. Below are the vaults, two of which stand complete. Within the large courtyard there was a chapel, well and other buildings for storage and keeping animals.
In 1897 Kendal Corporation brought Castle Hill for "public enjoyment" to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. One hundred years later a major project has been carried out.
Castle Hill shows the way the flowers of lakeland have evolved through the years. In the summer it blossoms with wild flowers and natural life.
The sculpture seats create a link between the way the land has been formed naturally through immense forces and shaped by human activity in a relatively short period. They sit like erratic boulders carried and deposited by an ice flow.
At Kendal Museum an impressive new exhibition tells the story of the castle, its people and life of the town.
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