British Castles | Imposing Fortresses From The Past 1000 Years

British castles showcase some of the most impressive buildings in Europe.

We’ve featured several of these imposing structures – please find below a selection of castles from England, Scotland & Wales.


ENGLISH CASTLES

Highclere Castle | Downton Abbey Meets Ancient Egypt

Highclere Castle | Downton Abbey Meets Ancient Egypt

Share Tweet Pin Highclere Castle is home to Crawleys on Downton Abbey & the Earls of Canarvon (one of whom funded finding Tutankhamun’s tomb) in real life. Here’s our guide (which first appeared at https://british-castles.com/highclere-castle). Highclere Castle is more of a stately home than many castles on this site. However it is still very special … Read more
Bolsover Castle | Peak District Fairytale Castle

Bolsover Castle | Peak District Fairytale Castle

Hidden away in the Peak District of Derbyshire, Bolsover Castle is a fairytale castle perfect for exploring, or combining a visit with nearby Chatsworth House, 30 minutes drive away. (This post was originally published at https://british-castles.com/bolsover-castle) History of Bolsover Castle Bolsover Castle has a very interesting history, but not all of it is written down. … Read more
Arundel Castle | Ancestral Home of The Dukes Of Norfolk

Arundel Castle | Ancestral Home of The Dukes Of Norfolk

(This post was originally published at https://british-castles.com/arundel-castle) Arundel Castle, which was built in the 11th century, is the historic home of the Dukes of Norfolk and has been continuously occupied and renovated over the centuries. This vast castle, located in splendid gardens with a view of the River Arun in West Sussex, was constructed at … Read more
Durham Castle | Norman Castle Now Part Of Durham University

Durham Castle | Norman Castle Now Part Of Durham University

Durham Castle is a wonderful Norman castle in the centre of the North East England city of Durham, itself a wonderful old city dominated by the castle, cathedral and the university. Indeed the castle is now part of one of the university’s constituent colleges, University College (known colloquially as ‘Castle’) whose lucky students get to … Read more
The Secrets of Pontefract Castle, England

The Secrets of Pontefract Castle, England

Pontefract Castle is a castle located in the town of Pontefract, in the West Yorkshire county of England. The castle was founded by William the Conqueror in 1068 and has been described as “one of the key castles” of medieval England.
Ludlow Castle – The Shrophire Home Of The Kingmaker

Ludlow Castle – The Shrophire Home Of The Kingmaker

Ludlow Castle is a ruined medieval fortification in the town of Ludlow in the English county of Shropshire. It was first constructed as a wooden structure by the Norman baron Roger de Montgomery around 1085 and was rebuilt several times, with its final version as a stone castle being built after 1190.

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SCOTTISH CASTLES

Caerlaverock Castle: Scotland’s Triangular Fortress

Caerlaverock Castle: Scotland’s Triangular Fortress

A detailed guide to Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland’s mighty fortress. Discover the castle’s history, architecture and ghosts!
Fyvie Castle | 800 Year Old Aberdeenshire Fortress

Fyvie Castle | 800 Year Old Aberdeenshire Fortress

Fyvie Castle has been home to some of Scotland’s oldest families figures, and it’s said to be haunted by more ghosts than any other castle in the country.
Eilean Donan Castle | Scotland’s Most Photographed Castle

Eilean Donan Castle | Scotland’s Most Photographed Castle

Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most famous castles in Scotland. It is a classic Scottish castle that attracts tourists worldwide, all eager to witness this breathtaking place and the majestic view it offers.
Edinburgh Castle | The Scottish Capital’s Imposing Fortress

Edinburgh Castle | The Scottish Capital’s Imposing Fortress

Edinburgh Castle holds a long history and several years of battles. It is one of the most enthralling sites in Scotland. With breath-taking views and stories, this Castle is open to the public after serving as a home to many monarchs and military bases.
Glamis Castle: Gorgeous Fairytale Castle Connected With Macbeth

Glamis Castle: Gorgeous Fairytale Castle Connected With Macbeth

Glamis Castle, the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, has been standing for over 650 years. It’s located in the village of Glamis in Angus, Scotland, just north of Dundee in Eastern Scotland.
Stirling Castle | William Wallace, Mary Queen Of Scots & More

Stirling Castle | William Wallace, Mary Queen Of Scots & More

Stirling Castle is located at a strategically important spot, where the lowlands meet the highlands, giving a defence position. The castle has therefore played a pivotal role in Scottish history.

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WELSH CASTLES

Cardiff Castle | Medieval Castle In Welsh Capital

Cardiff Castle | Medieval Castle In Welsh Capital

Cardiff Castle is a Norman keep and Victorian Gothic revival mansion in Wales. The castle has been used as a filming location for many movies and TV shows, including Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. Visitors can explore the tunnels, towers, courtyards and gardens of the castle grounds. But always be on the lookout for the infamous ‘Dragon’ of Cardiff Castle…
Harlech Castle | Spectacular North Wales Fortress

Harlech Castle | Spectacular North Wales Fortress

(Originally posted on our sister site: British-Castles.com) Harlech Castle looks out from an imposing rocky bluff, with the sheer peaks of Snowdonia as its backdrop. Located in North Wales, Harlech Castle has been awarded World Heritage Site status along with Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Conwy Castle.  Local legends place the site of Harlech Castle as the … Read more
Caernarfon Castle | Longshanks’ North Wales Fortress

Caernarfon Castle | Longshanks’ North Wales Fortress

Time Resting on the River Seiont banks in northwestern Wales, Caernarfon Castle more than earns its reputation as a crowning achievement of Middle Ages architecture. Taking its name from the once-sleepy fishing hamlet of Caernarfon, Gwynedd, the castle now stands as a grounding structure in the World Heritage Site, which also includes Beaumaris, Harlech and Conwy … Read more
Conwy Castle | Visit This Spectacular Castle In North Wales

Conwy Castle | Visit This Spectacular Castle In North Wales

(Originally published on our sister site British-Castles.com) Conwy Castle in North Wales is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the UK. Read on to learn about this splendid castle. Where Is Conwy Castle? Conwy Castle is in North Wales, near the town of, well, Conwy. The castle is built on a rock promontory. … Read more

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