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.
Share Tweet Pin Lindisfarne Castle sits atop Beblowe Craig’s volcanic mound, on Holy Island off the Northumberland Coast. In this guide, we delve deeper into the intriguing past of this castle, its transformation into a charming Edwardian home, and its current status as a beloved National Trust property. A Historical Overview Contrary to what its … Read more
Oxford Castle, located in the historic city of Oxford, England, is a great example of the rich history of the medieval era. Standing for nearly a millennium, the castle’s foundations reach back to the 11th century during the Norman conquest of England. Through the passage of time, it has held various roles, morphing from a … Read more
Here’s our guide to Barnard Castle, an ancient fortress on the River Tees, in County Durham, in the north of England. Barnard Castle History Barnard Castle‘s origins can be traced back to the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century. It was founded by the Picard knight Guy de Balliol, who received estates in … Read more
Ever wanted to stay in a castle? Well, you can by staying in Amberley Castle in West Sussex – on the south coast of England – which was turned into a hotel at the end of the last century. Here’s more about this special place: Where Is Amberley Castle? Amberley is situated about 10km inland, … Read more
Here are five great great castles that you can visit easily in a day from London. Perfect for a trip out of the UK capital once you’ve seen all the sights. Many visitors to the UK make London their base. As well as all the wonderful sights in the city itself, it’s also within reach … Read more
Belvoir Castle is a ‘faux historical’ castle in England‘s East Midlands, overlooking several English counties in the picturesque Vale of Belvoir. The current fairytale castle was built in the 1830s, but there has been a castle on the site since the Norman Conquest. Here’s our guide to the castle and its sumptuous grounds. Where Is … Read more
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If you are a Disney fan, you might know that the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella Castle was the Scottish fortified country house, Craigievar Castle. The fairy-tale castle is built with the Scottish Baronial style, and its owners have spent most of their life enhancing the beauty of this enchanting building. In this post, we have … Read more
Urquhart Castle, Scotland’s third most visited castle, after Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, is an imposing ruin set on the banks of the iconic Loch Ness, deep in the heart of the romantic yet unforgiving Scottish Highlands. Urquhart Castle History Sitting on the shore of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle’s history goes back some 800 years. … Read more
A detailed guide to Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland’s mighty fortress. Discover the castle’s history, architecture and ghosts!
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.
Kilchurn Castle is one of the most picturesque castles in Scotland. This beautiful castle, located on the shores of Loch Awe, has a rich history and stunning setting. It was built in the 15th century by the Campbells of Glenorchy and has since been passed down through generations of this powerful Scottish clan. Today, the … Read more
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.
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Situated in the town of Caerphilly, in South Wales, this medieval stronghold is the second largest in the UK, surpassed only by Windsor Castle. What sets Caerphilly Castle apart is not just its size, but also its innovative use of water defenses and the distinction of being the first truly concentric castle in Britain. Its … Read more
Chepstow Castle, located in Monmouthshire, South Wales, is a stunning fortress overlooking the River Wye. The castle was initially constructed around 1067 by William FitzOsbern, a Norman nobleman, and later expanded by Sir William Marshal, one of England’s most prominent knights. Known for its unique position atop a limestone cliff above the river, Chepstow Castle’s … Read more
The magnificence of Castell Coch in South Wales is due to its distinctive conical roofs. This castle is a wonderful image of an imagined medieval world. Even today, people vote it as their favorite building in Wales regularly. So, let us get to know a bit about this fortress in detail. Where Is The Castle? Castell Coch, … Read more
The English King Edward I conquered Wales in the late 13th century. In order to consolidate his power, and cow the rebellious Welsh into submission, he built a series of castles in the north of the Wales – known as the ‘Ring of Iron’. Most were built by his master architect, James of St.George, from Savoy near the modern … Read more
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…
Beaumaris Castle was built to be the titan of castles: four rings of fortress-style defence walls and a moat so vast it needed its own dock. Yet more intriguing still is that it has been unfinished ever since the 1320s.