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Your adventure to Piel Castle starts via boat, which is the only way to the to the island off the coast of Barrow in Furness.

This 14th Century fortress was built by the local Abbot to help protect Barrow in Furness from pirate and pesky Scottish raiders arriving by boat into the harbour.  Now very much in a ruined state, Piel Castle is open to visitors and the remains of the huge inner keep, curtain walls and outer baileys are still standing.

Although a small place, you might be pleased to know that there is a pub on Piel Island too!


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  • Piel Castle, Walney, Barrow-in-Furness, Piel Island LA13 0QN, UK

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  • Saturday

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  • Sunday

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  • May 30, 2024 3:52 am local time

    The information on Monty's Guide website is advisory and some places have restricted access during temporary closures or special event days. Please be sure to check the website of the place you intend to visit before travelling

Additional visitor information

From Easter until September, approx. 11am until 6pm daily, two ferries operate services from Roa Island to Piel Island (subject to tides and weather). Call in advance Steve Chattaway (Ship Inn) on 07516 453784 or Alan Cleasby on 07798 794550. There is a charge for the ferry.

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