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Berkshire
Donnington Castle
Windsor Castle Originally made of wood, and of motte and bailey design, Windsor Castle was built upon a fifty foot mound of chalk excavated from the surrounding..
Chesire
Beeston Castle Beeston Castle, a Grade I listed building, stands on a rocky sandstone crag in the English county of Cheshire. It has one of the best views of any English..
Cornwall
Launceston Castle The ruins of Launceston Castle sit atop a high hill overlooking the Cornish town of Launceston. The castle is a motte and bailey structure and the original..
Pendennis Castle Half a mile from the town centre of Falmouth, Cornwall, lies the imposing round tower of Pendennis Castle. Located at the entrance to the River Fal, Pendennis,..
Restormel Castle
St Catherine’s Castle
St Mawes Castle St. Mawes Castle is significant to British military history as one of the fortifications built by Henry VIII during the English Reformation. Because he had..
St Michael’s Mount
Tintagel Castle High up on the cliffs on the wild Atlantic coast of north Cornwall stand the ruins of Tintagel Castle. Its romantic associations with the legend of King Arthur..
County Durham
Barnard Castle Barnard Castle is a ruined Norman castle perched on rocky cliffs overlooking the River Tees. The castle stands on the site of an old Roman Road and is located..
Bowes Castle
Raby Castle Raby Castle in Staindrop, County Durham is a medieval fortress steeped in history. This large, impressive castle is still occupied today. Standing in 200 acres..
Cumbria
Appleby Castle Appleby Castle stands in 25 acres of parkland on a high hill overlooking the River Eden in the town of Appleby in..
Brough Castle
Brougham Castle
Carlisle Castle Carlisle Castle is situated near the centre of the city of Carlisle in Cumbria, England. It overlooks the River Eden to the north and a tributary, River..
Pendragon Castle
Penrith Castle The red sandstone ruins of Penrith Castle stand opposite the railway station in the market town of Penrith,..
Devon
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Dartmouth Castle Guarding the mouth of the estuary of the River Dart in Devon, Dartmouth Castle is one of a pair. Together with Kingswear Castle, on the opposite north-eastern..
Kingswear Castle
Lydford Castle
Okehampton Castle
Totnes Castle
Dorset
Corfe Castle Rounding the corner on a quiet country road in Dorset, among the Purbeck Hills, you’ll see the ruins of one of the most picturesque historic monuments in the..
Maiden Castle
Portland Castle
Sherborne Old Castle
East Sussex
Bodiam Castle Bodiam Castle seems to rise up out of a still, peaceful lake, and is a beautiful example of a late medieval moated castle. ..
Camber Castle
Herstmonceux Castle Herstmonceux Castle is situated six miles from the sea in the beautiful Sussex countryside. Unusually for an English castle, it is surrounded by higher ground..
Lewes Castle Lewes Castle, located in the south-eastern region of England, towers over the surrounding Saxon town of Lewes, the river Ouse, and the forest of East Sussex…
Pevensey Castle Pevensey Castle is located on the gentle Sussex coast and the original structure dates back over 16 centuries to Roman times. William the Conqueror’s army..
Hastings Castle The original castle at Hastings was a wooden motte and bailey structure. It has been suggested that William actually brought the fort with him from France in..
East Yorkshire
Skipsea Castle
Essex
Colchester Castle Colchester Castle is a Grade I listed building standing on a hill to the north east of the town of Colchester in Essex. This Norman motte and bailey structure..
Hadleigh Castle
Hedingham Castle Hedingham Castle is a Norman fortress built around 1140 by Aubrey de Vere. The castle became home to the de Vere family for 550 years. The village of Hedingham..
Walden Castle
Greater London
Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace stands in the centre of London and has been the official residence of the British monarch since 1837. It is also the monarch’s administrative..
Hampton Court Palace
Tower of London The Tower of London stands 90 feet high, its walls 15 feet thick in places. It was founded in 1078 by William the Conqueror…
Hampshire
Odiham Castle
Portchester Castle Portchester Castle is a Norman castle in the town of the same name in the English county of Hampshire. The castle is located in the northeastern corner of a..
Winchester Castle
Herefordshire
Goodrich Castle Goodrich Castle stands in a rural setting, on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Wye, in the English county of Herefordshire. Although originally designed..
Hereford Castle
Longtown Castle
Richard’s Castle
Hertfordshire
Berkhamsted Castle
Castles on the Isle of Wight
Carisbrooke Castle Carisbrooke Castle is located on the Isle of Wight off the south-central coast of Great Britain. Carisbrooke was the first capital of the island. The castle..
Yarmouth Castle Time took away curses like imperialism, rigid class distinctions and creed consciousness that ruled the Isle of Wight for centuries, now the place has become..
Kent
Deal Castle
Dover Castle Stunning, strategic, and rich in over 2000 years of history, the fortification overlooking the Straits of Dover, the shortest crossing between England and the..
Eynsford Castle
Hever Castle Hever Castle, in the village of Hever, in Kent, is probably best known as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn…
Leeds Castle Leeds Castle stands on 2 islands in a lake along the River Len approximately 4 miles outside of Maidstone in Kent. It is a medieval fortress, classed as one of..
Rochester Castle Rochester Castle was one of the first English castles to be rebuilt in stone. It is located on Medway River along with Rochester Cathedral, at times referred..
Upnor Castle Upnor Castle is an evocative example of an Elizabethan artillery fort. It was begun in 1559, designed by Sir Richard Lee. The castle stands on the bank of the..
Walmer Castle Think about the medieval world. What is the first thing that comes to your mind? Swords, wenches and of course, castles. What would we give to live in one of..
Lincolnshire
Lincoln Castle The site upon which stands Lincoln Castle was once a Roman fortress. It was built in 1068 by William the Conqueror shortly after his arrival to the British..
Tattershall Castle Tattershall Castle is a 15th century castle in Tattershall, Lincolnshire. Robert de Tateshale built the first stone castle in the early 13th century but..
Norfolk
Castle Acre Castle
Castle Rising Castle
North Yorkshire
Barden Tower
Bolton Castle Bolton Castle is situated near Leyburn, Wensleydale, in the North Yorkshire Dales. It is owned by the descendants of the original owner, Richard le Scrope, and..
York Castle York Castle was one of the first of the Norman motte and bailey castles to be erected following the invasion of 1066. All that remains of this early castle..
Helmsley Castle Helmsley Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located in the small market town of the same name in North Yorkshire. There has been a castle at Helmsley on the..
Knaresborough Castle Although little is left of Knaresborough Castle today, its ruins tell a unique history of the medieval castles of Yorkshire, England. It is located to the west..
Middleham Castle The original castle at Middleham was an earthwork motte and bailey structure about a quarter of a mile from the present castle. It was originally built to..
Pickering Castle
Richmond Castle Richmond Castle is located in North Yorkshire, England, on a cliff above the River Swale near the town of Richmond. Believed to be one of the oldest..
Scarborough Castle Scarborough Castle is a 12th century castle standing on a triangular headland overlooking Scarborough in North Yorkshire. It was a favourite of Kings and saw..
Skipton Castle
Spofforth Castle
Northumberland
Alnwick Castle This stunning medieval castle can be found on the outskirts of the small market town of Alnwick in Nortumberland. The castle overlooks the river Aln and stands..
Aydon Castle Aydon Castle is built on a steep hill, overlooking the Cor Burn valley, to the north-west of Aydon Village in Northumberland. Although called a castle, Aydon..
Bamburgh Castle Bamburgh Castle is located by the seaside village of Bamburgh, Northumberland. Perched on a basalt crag this grand castle towers over the village and..
Berwick Castle
Chillingham Castle Reputedly the most haunted castle in England, the medieval castle at Chillingham stands in beautiful parkland in the heart of Northumberland…
Dunstanburgh Castle Dunstanburgh Castle is a medieval ruined castle protected on two sides by steep cliffs and the sea. It stands near the picturesque seaside village of Craster..
Edlingham Castle
Etal Castle Etal Castle is situated close to a ford over the River Till, in the village of Etal, in north Northumberland. All that remains of the fortress today are the..
Langley Castle Langley Castle is a medieval castle in the village of Langley in Northumberland. The four storey H-shaped keep was built in 1350 by Sir Thomas de Lucy. It is..
Lindisfarne Castle Lindisfarne Castle dates back to the 16th century. It stands atop a rocky crag on Holy Island near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England. Holy Island was..
Norham Castle The first castle at Norham was a wooden motte and bailey structure that was designed to defend the area against the Scots. Standing on the south bank of the..
Prudhoe Castle Prudhoe Castle is situated in the Tyne valley in the town of Prudhoe in Nortumberland. It stands on a steep ridge overlooking the River Tyne and is surrounded..
Warkworth Castle The castle of Warkworth stands on a hill near the Coquet River, approximately a mile from the river’s entrance to the North Sea. The castle and moat cover..
Nottinghamshire
Newark Castle
Oxfordshire
Blenheim Palace
Somerset
Dunster Castle
Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Nunney Castle
South Yorkshire
Conisbrough Castle Conisbrough Castle stands atop a hill in the village of Conisbrough midway between Rotherham and Doncaster in South Yorkshire. ..
Staffordshire
Tamworth Castle Tamworth Castle is a small Norman motte and bailey castle dating back to the late 11th century. It is located in the centre of Tamworth in..
Tutbury Castle Tutbury Castle stands on the River Dove in the North Midlands town of Tutbury. Much of this once impressive castle is now in ruins. Today all that remains of..
Suffolk
Framlingham Castle Framlingham Castle is located in Framlingham, Suffolk, not far from the south-eastern coast of England. Although its interior is almost completely ruined, the..
Orford Castle
Surrey
Farnham Castle
Guildford Castle Guildford Castle stands in beautiful grounds in the town centre of Guildford. The only remaining part of this fortress is the keep, which underwent extensive..
Warwickshire
Kenilworth Castle Kenilworth Castle, located in the Warwickshire town of the same name, played an important role in British history for over 500 years. The site was fortified by..
Warwick Castle Warwick Castle is a fine example of a medieval castle. Located in the town of Warwick, it stands on a cliff overlooking the River Avon. The castle is a Grade I..
West Sussex
Arundel Castle Built shortly after the Norman Conquest, in 1068 by Roger de Montgomery, Arundel Castle served to protect Sussex. Strategically located on a high hill by the..
Wiltshire
Old Wardour Castle Today, Old Wardour Castle is a collection of partially intact stone walls, arches, and towers. Upon first sight, an image of historical romances and legends..
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