It is said that Catherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII and the one who outlived him, lived here after marrying Lord Latimer. The castle dates to the early 14th century. It is now part off a farm and not normally open to the public but has in recent years become licensed to conduct marriage ceremonies.
It is also the place where the Danby Court Leet meet. The leet is an archaic form of local government concerning the use of common land such grazing and water rights and the right to cut peat from the moors. Originally it was a manorial court deciding certain criminal cases but over time its powers have been eroded. There just over thirty courts leet remaining throughout the country. Danby Court Leet meets once a year in October.