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Brougham Hall

A creative haven where you can enjoy the perfect blend of crafts, coffee, and history

Brougham Hall is a magnificent medieval building with a fascinating history, set in a stunning countryside location.

Take the time to explore our beautiful grounds, admire the spectacular facade and visit our artists’ studios, shops and coffee house.

With space for children and dogs to run around, the hall is a unique cultural venue for everyone to enjoy.

Originally a fortified manor house built under the shadow of Brougham Castle, in 1651 the Hall was purchased by Lady Anne Clifford who oversaw extensive renovations and rebuilt the onsite chapel, St Wilfred’s.

The Brougham family re-aquired the Hall in 1726 and it became their family seat, reaching its height in the Victorian era.

During WW2 Brougham Hall became home to hundreds of soldiers for the development and testing of a top secret weapon, the Canal Defence Light, and was visited by Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower in 1941.

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Our History

Discover the history of Brougham Hall


Relax and unwind with a coffee and a cake in our café

Our Artisans

Brougham is home to a community of artisans

Located just a mile south of Penrith in Cumbria, visitors can explore the Hall from dawn till dusk, while the workshops are open from 10 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week.

A rare free to visit place with a few craft shops and a pottery. Nice cafe too. don't miss the chapel over the bridge, and an explore of the ruined Pele tower. settlements and free toilets too. this weekend was the annual ww2 thing which was quaint and very interesting.

Mike CreesGoogle Review

Lots of shops to explore and buy art crafts and pottery from. The potters/artists/cafe people are very kind and friendly. The carpark is reasonably sized so you should be able to park, if not park nearby. Its definitely worth a visit...

AnonGoogle Review

Considering it basically free entry- (donations welcome) it's worth a visit. The art/pottery/jewellery shops might interest you. The castle walls will entertain the kids. Dads will love the choice of beers to enjoy in the sun or under the tents if the weather isn't so good. Great for less abled as parking is as close as it gets. Best little coffee shop I have been to recently. Great service, choice of drinks hot and cold. Lovely cakes.

Fulst BaborGoogle Review

What a great place to visit. Lovely food and local craft shops inside ranging from pottery to handmade cards. FREE entry but do leave a donation. 2 car parks and one inside for ease of access. Will go back again.

Justin RossGoogle Review

I was delighted to find this spot it had a lot of history connected to it the buildings are very well looked after work is still going on to preserve the buildings, several small shops and restaurant with plenty seating both inside and outside to enjoy the weather

Cliff CairnsGoogle Review

Lovely spot to explore after a local walk along the Eamont to the henges, Arthur's Table and Maybrugh and visiting Brougham Castle. The craft shops are great places to look for gifts. The café is brilliant and can cater for gf and vegan diets. Their vegan cakes are amazing!

Jill StevensGoogle Review

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