Dacre, Cumbria, England

A view of Dacre

Dacre Castle

Dacre Castle (picture courtesy of Jim Barton) is a moated tower house that was built during the mid-14th century, against the threat of potential attacks by the Scottish. It was held by the Dacre family until the 17th century. It is now a grade I listed building and privately owned. It is NOT open to the public.


It has been alleged that the castle was once haunted by the ghost of a young maiden who found herself with child after an affair with one Thomas Dacre, who abandoned her when he found out of her pregnancy. She then drowned herself. The mother of the unfortunate girl placed a curse on the family, which some say was fulfilled with the sudden death of Thomas and his father some time later.


For further information, please read Britain's Haunted Heritage by J.A. Brooks.


Visitor Information

Dacre is a small village in Cumbria in England.

It is situated about 5 miles west of Penrith.

Pictured left is a view of Dacre courtesy of Humphrey Bolton. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.