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Highclere Castle

Highclere, Newbury

Highclere Castle, Highclere, Newbury, Hampshire

Highclere Castle is the ancestral home of the Earls of Carnarvon. In the 1830s the 3rd Earl commissioned Sir Charles Barry to transform the original Georgian house into this soaring pinnacled mansion. The splendid State Rooms are rich in treasures... more

Sherborne Castle

New Road, Sherborne

Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, Dorset

Sherborne Castle is an historic country house, built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and extended by the Digby family whose stately home it has been since 1617. The rooms are a variety of styles from Tudor, Jacobean, Georgian to Victorian. Prince... more

Windsor Castle

Windsor

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire

Windsor Castle, one of three official residences of The Queen, has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 years and not only is it the largest inhabited castle in the world but is the oldest in continuous occupation. The imposing towers and... more

Powis Castle & Garden, Welshpool, Powys

Powis Castle is built on a high rock overlooking the garden terraces and has been the home of the Earls of Powis for many generations. There is a wealth of fine paintings and furniture, one of the finest collections in Wales. The sister of the 2nd... more

Glamis Castle

Glamis

Glamis Castle, Glamis, Angus

Winner of the best attraction award for the UK 2015. Enjoy the history and spectacle of Glamis Castle. Take a guided tour with one of the expert guides and soak up the atmosphere of a thousand years of history. The tours run regularly throughout... more

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir, Grantham

Belvoir Castle, Belvoir, Grantham, Leicestershire

Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire as it exists today is the fourth castle to stand on the grounds and this current incarnation was built in the early 19th century after a fire ravaged what stood there before. The home of the Duke and Duchess of... more

Highclere Castle

Highclere, Newbury

Highclere Castle, Highclere, Newbury, Hampshire

Highclere Castle is the ancestral home of the Earls of Carnarvon. In the 1830s the 3rd Earl commissioned Sir Charles Barry to transform the original Georgian house into this soaring pinnacled mansion. The splendid State Rooms are rich in treasures... more

Sherborne Castle

New Road, Sherborne

Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, Dorset

Sherborne Castle is an historic country house, built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and extended by the Digby family whose stately home it has been since 1617. The rooms are a variety of styles from Tudor, Jacobean, Georgian to Victorian. Prince... more

Oakham Castle

Market Place, Oakham

Oakham Castle, Market Place, Oakham, Rutland

Oakham Castle was built in the 12th century by Walkelin de Ferrers, the Great Hall is one of the finest examples of domestic architecture for that period in Britain. In the hall is a range of 12th century sculpture and, although damaged, is of superb... more

Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire

Forever famous as the setting for the fabulous Granada TV 1981 series of Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard in North Yorkshire is a wonderful 18th century house created for Charles Howard the third earl of Carlisle – whose descendants still... more

Mont Orgueil Castle

Gorey, St Martin

Mont Orgueil Castle, Gorey, St Martin, Jersey

Mount Orgueil Castle protected the people of Jersey from French invaders for some 600 years and presents a fabulous opportunity for exploring its many towers, secret rooms and networks of staircases. Rather cutely, there is also a series of hidden... more

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

A wonderful 16th century granite tower house decorated with dramatic gargoyles, overhanging turrets and little conical roofs, Crathes Castle has four storeys and an attic to explore. The stand-out features of this classic L-tower house are the lovely... more

Raby Castle

Staindrop, Darlington

Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington, Durham

Raby Castle; This dramatic medieval Castle, built by the mighty Nevills has been home to Lord Barnard´s family since 1626. Set within a large deer park, with delightful rolling landscape and walled gardens. Highlights include the Barons' Hall where... more

Nottingham Castle

Nottingham

Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Situated high above the city, Nottingham Castle is a 17th century Mansion built over 300 years ago, on the site of a medieval castle originally built by William the Conqueror. A vibrant museum that houses a range of collections including historic and... more

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park

Brodick, Isle of Arran

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park, Brodick, Isle of Arran, Ayrshire

Oh, there’s nothing quite like a brooding country castle and a pretty surrounding estate for a grand day out (especially when they have a tea room as nice as the one here, in the old servants quarters, serving local beers and ice-creams made in... more

Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

If you have seen the movie The Queen starring Helen Mirren, you may recognise Aberdeenshire’s Castle Fraser, its elaborate façade featuring in a scene or two. The castle is a five-storey Z-plan castle first constructed in 1575 with a gorgeously... more

Grimsthorpe Castle, Bourne, Lincolnshire

Grimsthorpe Castle, dating from 13th century, has been the home of the de Eresby family since 1516 when it was granted to the 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby by Henry V111. The State Rooms house stunning collections of paintings, furniture, family... more

Castle Drogo

Drewsteignton, Exeter

Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Exeter, Devon

Designed by Edward Lutyens, Castle Drogo in Exeter is an imposing granite edifice created for millionaire Julius Drewe at the first part of the 20th century. In dire need of renovations, it is currently the subject of a fund-raising campaign by the... more

Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Highland

Shakespeare lovers may already be acquainted with Cawdor Castle, eight miles east of Culloden, as it plays an integral role in the story of Macbeth. But whether you’ve read the play or not, the sight of Cawdor’s fairy tale turrets, gargoyles and... more

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

Dunvegan House, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan House, Isle of Skye, Highland

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens: Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history and clan legend at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and ancestral home to the Chiefs of Clan... more

Kellie Castle & Garden, Pittenweem, Fife

The first records of Kellie Castle date back to the 12th century, and it was restored by James Lorimer in the late 19th century. It is a very fine example of Scottish domestic architecture with its gables, towers and chimneys. Among the contents are... more

Croft Castle & Parkland

Yarpole, Leominster

Croft Castle & Parkland, Yarpole, Leominster, Herefordshire

Croft Castle is 15th century and has recently had a major refurbishment and has been the home of the Croft family since Doomsday. Fine interiors display period furnishings and paintings, including works by Gainsborough and Lawrence. Many of the books... more

Picton Castle

Rhos, Haverfordwest

Picton Castle, Rhos, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

A beautiful hybrid, Picton Castle consists of a 13th century castle with splendid Georgian wing added in 1790s. Guided tours span nearly 800 years, starting in the medieval castle, elegantly remodelled with plaster and fireplaces by Sir Henry Cheere,... more

Edinburgh Castle

Castlehill, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle is famous worldwide as an icon of Scotland. Once the home of kings and queens it is now the country´s premier visitor attraction. It boasts a magnificent Great Hall, with an ornate ceiling and fine collection of weapons, plus... more

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynedd

Penrhyn Castle is a massive 19th century neo-Norman castle, built for the wealthy Pennant family. It is crammed with fascinating things including a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria. It houses one of the best art collections in Wales,... more

Dunster Castle

Dunster, Minehead

Dunster Castle, Dunster, Minehead, Somerset

Originally built in Norman times, Dunster Castle was remodelled in the late 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. Only the 13th century gatehouse has survived from the original building. During the civil war soldiers... more

Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, Scottish Borders

Thirlestane Castle is one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland and holds a uniquely important place in Scottish History. The castle has its origins in the 13th century. It was rebuilt as the Maitland family home in 1590 and greatly enhanced... more

Skipton Castle

Skipton

Skipton Castle, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and well preserved medieval castles in England, and withstood a three year siege by the Roundheads during the Civil War. Oliver Cromwell ordered the roofs to be removed in 1645, but these were allowed to be... more

Muncaster Castle

Ravenglass

Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria

Muncaster Castle, home of the Pennington family since 1208, is probably built on Roman foundations. Anthony Salvin remodelled the Castle in the 1860s. The Great Hall is filled with paintings and heraldic windows, and the Octagonal Library rises to a... more

Windsor Castle

Windsor

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire

Windsor Castle, one of three official residences of The Queen, has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 years and not only is it the largest inhabited castle in the world but is the oldest in continuous occupation. The imposing towers and... more

Inveraray Castle & Garden

Argyll Estates Office, Cherry Park, Inveraray

Inveraray Castle & Garden, Argyll Estates Office, Inveraray, Argyll & Bute

Inveraray Castle was erected between 1745 and 1785 to replace an earlier traditional fortified keep. It was designed by Roger Morris and decorated by Robert Mylne. On display are the famous Armoury Collection, French Tapestries that were made... more

The Castle & Gardens of Mey, Mey, Thurso, Highland

With a rich and bloody history that involves aristocratic brothers locking one another up and fratricide, the Castle of Mey on the northern shores of Caithness in Scotland is a historic treasure to savour. The castle was built by the fourth Earl of... more

Arundel Castle

Arundel

Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex

You can see the mighty medieval Arundel Castle from miles away and as you approach it, its grandeur only seems to increase. Dating back to the Norman Conquest, the castle is groaning with terrific historical artefacts and you can’t swing a cat... more

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley, BERKELEY, Berkeley

Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Berkeley, Gloucestershire

They don’t come much more historic than Berkeley Castle. This Gloucestershire landmark has played host to Francis Drake, Elizabeth I and a succession of other royalty as well as being celebrated by Shakespeare and the scene of Edward II’s murder back... more

Lindisfarne Castle

Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Lindisfarne Castle was built in 1550 to protect Holy Island, this Tudor fort was converted into a private house in 1903 by the young Edwin Lutyens for Edward Hudson. It can only be reached at low tide over a causeway. The small rooms are full of... more

Fyvie Castle

Fyvie, Turriff

Fyvie Castle, Fyvie, Turriff, Aberdeenshire

Fyvie Castle was once a royal stronghold, one of a chain of fortresses throughout medieval Scotland. The five towers are traditionally associated with the five successive families that lived there. The oldest part dates from the 13th century, and an... more

Dover Castle

Dover

Dover Castle, Dover, Kent

An iconic structure that presides over the famous coastline and its white cliffs, Dover Castle has watched over the area since its keep was built in the 1180s and there has been a look out on the site for some 20 centuries. Inside this historic... more

Brodie Castle

Forres

Brodie Castle, Forres, Moray

Set aside a couple of hours to get your teeth into Scottish clan history, courtesy of the lovely rose-coloured Brodie Castle which sits majestically amid scenic grounds (in spring, the daffodils are just lovely here) in Forres, Moray. This 16th... more

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Drumoak, Banchory

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate, Drumoak, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

The keep at Drum Castle is one of the three oldest tower houses surviving in Scotland. The original house was enlarged with the creation of a very fine Jacobean mansion in 1619 and a later addition during the reign of Queen Victoria. The castle was... more

Culzean Castle & Country Park, Maybole, Ayrshire

Set on a wonderful dramatic cliff top and a fine advert for Robert Adam architecture, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions. This 242-hectare estate is a wonderland of lush woodland, rugged coastline... more

Leeds Castle

Broomfield Road, Maidstone

Leeds Castle, Broomfield Road, Maidstone, Kent

Looming up from the glorious moat and surrounded by 500 lush green acres of land, Leeds Castle near Maidstone lays claim to being one of the most stunning castles in the world. The Norman stronghold, which has been the property of six of England’s... more

Chirk Castle

Chirk, Wrexham

Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham, Wrexham

The National Trust lays on entertainment by the bucket load at its Chirk Castle property, the Welsh castle built in 1310 and the last one of Edward I’s reign to be inhabited. Explore the medieval fortress with its dungeon and murder holes, meet Will... more

Rockingham Castle

Market Harborough

Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough, Northamptonshire

Rockingham Castle was built by William the Conqueror and was regularly used by the early Kings of England until it was granted to Edward Watson in the 16th century, whose ancestors still live there. It is a Tudor building within Norman walls, but... more

Sizergh

Kendal

Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria

The medieval Sizergh Castle has been the home of the Strickland family for over 750 years. The 14th century tower was extended in Tudor times. It has an exceptional series of oak-panelled interiors with intricately carved chimneypieces and early oak... more

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