Dalton Castle is a grade I listed 14th-century peel tower situated in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, England, and in the ownership of the National Trust. It was constructed by the monks of Furness Abbey for the protection of the nearby market town, and was the building from which the Abbot administered the area and dispensed justice. The property hosts an exhibition on a local history as well as a display about local painter George Romney.
Dalton is mentioned in the Domesday Book, written as "Daltune" as one of the townships forming the Manor of Hougun held by Tostig Godwinson, Earl of Northumbria. Historically, it was the capital of Furness. The ancient parish of Dalton covered the area which is now occupied by the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness.
The 14th-century tower known as Dalton Castle was formerly the manorial courthouse of Furness Abbey. Here the abbot exercised his right to hold manorial courts and administer justice within the lordship of Furness, as authorised by the abbey's foundation charter of 1127.
The building would have contained not only the courtroom and one or two other rooms in which the business of the lordship was transacted, but also a gaol, guardrooms and stores. After the dissolution of the abbey in 1537, the castle continued as a courthouse for over 300 years, owned at first by the Crown and then by the Dukes of Albermarle, the Dukes of Montagu, and finally the Dukes of Buccleuch. Its interior has seen many alterations, the last and most radical being that of 1856 when three upper floors, accessible from a stone spiral staircase, were superseded by a single upper room and an additional stairway. Dalton Castle was given to the National Trust by the 8th Duke of Buccleuch in 1965.
Also in Dalton-in-Furness is the South Lakes Safari Zoo. South Lakes Safari Zoo is home to over 1,000 of the rarest, most endangered animals in unique natural environments which enable you to get as close as physically possible to experience the amazing creatures with which we share our planet. Wander amongst kangaroos, wallabies, and emus. Be amazed as free flying macaws soar overhead. Participate in animal feeding experiences or be a zookeeper for a day.
Individual feeding sessions: Giraffe feeding £5; Lemur feeding £3; Penguin feeding £2 per person; World wide safari food: £2 per bag - For feeding Kangaroos, Wallabies, Emus, Peacocks, Ducks, Geese and Swans.
Take a break from exploring and drop into their Maki Café for a delicious bite to eat, or grab a snack from Savanna’s Take Away while your children enjoy the huge adventure playground. During peak months a refreshment kiosk serving ice creams, cold drinks, hot dogs and snacks is situated by the primate house and an Ice cream kiosk serving ice creams is situated on the outside of the restaurant.
As an animal attraction for the family & kids, the safari zoo is wheelchair accessible. Some newly added additional pathways to features are currently gravel based but there are alternative tarmac routes to their destinations. Please ask a member of staff for route advice if you have any concerns. Unfortunately they do not have facilities available for wheelchair or mobility scooter hire. They ask that guests refrain from smoking (including E-Cigarettes) in the zoo. No Dogs allowed in the park. A 4 minute drive from Safari Zoo is Crossgates Kennel – contact them on 01229 463435. No unattended children in the park. (Proof of age may be asked for younger visitors). Please use the recycling points around the park for the safety of the parks animals and interest of the Lake District’s environment. Visitors must follow the interactive feeding safety advice signage.
Location : Market Place, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA15 8AX
Transport: Dalton (National Rail) then 10 minutes. Bus: 6 and X6 then 5 minutes
Opening Times: April through September, Saturdays, 14:00 to 17:00
Tickets : Free
Tel: 01524 701178