Clitheroe Castle in Clitheroe, Lancashire, England is a motte and bailey castle built in a natural carboniferous limestone outcrop, grid reference SD742416.
It was built around 1186 by Robert de Lacy as an administrative
centre for his estates in the area but later passed by inheritance
to the Crown. It consists of one of the smallest keeps in the
country and at one time it was surrounded by a curtain wall.
There is a legend that the Devil threw a boulder from Pendle Hill and
hit the castle creating the hole you can see today.
It is freely open to the public and in the bailey is a museum,
the Clitheroe Castle Museum, which does have an admission
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