British Castle is a guide to castles of the British Isles including descriptions, histories, photos and other information.
The word castle derives from the latin castellum, a fortified dwelling place.
1 a: a large fortified building or set of buildings
1 b: a massive or imposing house
2: a retreat safe against intrusion or invasion
A man’s home is his castle
Sir Edward Coke, English Jurist, 1623
British Castle is the ideal site for the tourist and casual visitor alike. Plan your great day-out with a little help from us. Also on our castle pages are links to the official websites as well as to UK and local guides, accommodation, attractions and other information.
Of course, we hope local historians and students might one day also find this website as a useful source of reference.
Accuracy of Information
British Castle aims to guide the reader, by way of a consistent, reader-friendly framework, to an appreciation of the great castles of the British Isles. It does not intend, nor claim, to provide anything other than well-produced and informative studies.
Contributors to the website, where possible, are directed to achieve the greatest possible historical accuracy upon submissions. They should already be aware of the value of good and true content, however, they might not necessarily be qualified historians and, occasionally, some inaccuracies may appear.
Much of the information contained within British Castle has been searched, collated and rewritten from that which already exists on the Internet, but there are many sources, some factually sound, others less so.
In the effort to add good value it is a practice that facts* are confirmed by, at least, two sources, and preference is given to those obtained via official channels such as castle owners and relevant historical agencies. Information from other websites is considered in this context before being added to an article. Where possible, respected reference books, scholarly journals and original materials are utilised.
*The retelling of history is often no more than an interpretation. Whether it be Chinese whisper, a bit of mischief or just a plain old lie we can never really be 100% certain of events from the past. But read between the factual lines, add a bit of imagination, and the truth will likely jump out the page at you. Still, a good historian will employ any number of tools and tests in the search for the actual facts.
Similarly, we at British Castle strive to do so. All pages on this site are subject to continuous fact-checking and maintenance. Please let us know of any inaccuracies.
Maintaining this site
This site and the information contained within are provided free of charge.
In order to fund the continued existence of this website, we use things like affiliate links and other means to help pay for the ongoing upkeep and improvement. Any revenue generated is reinvested in this website.