Experience The Romance And Might of Britain’s Castles

Climb the battlements, survey the kingdom, and experience the romance and might of Britain’s castles. Steeped in history, the magnificent Tudor towers, medieval manors, Roman ruins, and fortresses are well worth a visit.

High above the city, Edinburgh Castle is a place for fantasy and folklore. It also hosts the Royal Military Tattoo every summer, which is a spectacular display with military bands and artistic performances.

Dunnottar Castle is a remarkable sight, perched on a cliff and surrounded by water, you’ll feel part of the climactic movie scene. Continue the adventure with a visit to the mystique that is Loch Ness, with the option to explore it both by foot and by boat. Explore Britain's royalty at its most exciting!

Urquhart Castle

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Urquhart Castle
Wild natural beauty and 1,000 years of history combine at Urquhart Castle, perched on the banks of Loch Ness. Here you can experience a glimpse of medieval life while keeping an eye out for Nessie from atop its towers. Fans of Outlander will spot scenes that were filmed at the castle.

Holyrood Park

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Holyrood Park
The scenes where Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) walks with his sister were filmed in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. The park contributes much to Edinburgh’s unique appearance and includes Arthur’s Seat, the highest point in the city.

Castle Ballroom

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Castle Ballroom
Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852, Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire has been the Scottish home of the British Royal Family ever since. The Queen and her family usually spend their summer on the estate, which opens its grounds, gardens and Castle Ballroom to the public from April to July each year.

Old Royal Naval College

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Old Royal Naval College
Designed by Christopher Wren, the Old Royal Naval College is the magnificent centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich. It's one of the most spectacular buildings in Britain, and has featured in a huge number of films from Four Weddings and a Funeral to Skyfall and Thor: The Dark World.

Loch Ness

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Loch Ness
Explore Loch Ness by boat, if you dare! Famed as the home of the legendary Loch Ness monster, Loch Ness is a stunning sight in its own right too. You can walk the Loch Ness Trail, or settle for lunch in the Loch-side town of Drumnadrochit.

Warwick Castle

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Warwick Castle
Knights in armour, jousting, dragons and the wizard Merlin: Warwick Castle is a historical stronghold that's been brought to life with tales from the Arthurian Legends. You'll meet all kinds of colourful characters while taking in the spectacular surroundings of a real medieval castle

Northumberland National Park

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Northumberland National Park
Enjoy a break surrounded by the inspiring landscapes of Northumberland National Park. From rolling moorland, hike up into the towering Cheviot Hills and explore their historic hill forts. The Simonside Hills are another great spot to take in some incredible views, but be sure to visit Hadrian's Wall, one of England's best-known bits of Roman heritage.

Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace
One of King Henry VIII's finest palaces, Hampton Court was for many years the home of his long-standing favourite, Cardinal Wolsey - a major figure in Tudor history. Step into a life of Renaissance luxury, from the opulent chapel with its breath-taking fan-vaulted ceiling to the lush green grounds, complete with a maze you can happily lose yourself in.

Rochester Castle

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Rochester Castle
Rochester Castle's Norman keep has stood since it was built in 1127. Over the centuries it's seen its fair share of battles, sieges, and major historical events. On a gentler note, it was used in the film adaptation of Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson.

Tintagel Castle

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Tintagel Castle
Perched high above the crashing waves on the cliffs of the north Cornwall coast, this castle ruin is certainly a dramatic spot. It's said to be the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur too.

Norwich

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Norwich
Norwich is a beautiful medieval city bursting with historical attractions and architecture with two cathedrals and a castle. Norwich offers an abundance of independent eateries and shopping and is easy to walk around. Norwich has a year-round cultural calendar including festivals, world-class art and performance.

Dunnottar Castle

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Dunnottar Castle
Perched high on a cliff above the crashing waves below, the ruins of Dunnottar Castle certainly enjoy a dramatic setting. A coastal fortification for centuries, the castle also starred in the film adaptaion of Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson.

Caernarfon Castle

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Caernarfon Castle
Edward I's hulking castle at Caernarfon is the mightiest and most impressive of the English monarch's Welsh fortresses. Walking through the five gates and six portcullises you get a real idea of how fearsome this monument to English power would have been in the 13th century.

Beaumaris Castle

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Beaumaris Castle
Anglesey’s commanding castle is possibly Edward I’s most impressive Welsh fortress. Begun in 1295, it’s the largest and last castle the English king built to cement his power in Wales. It's one of the world’s best examples of medieval castle architecture with a superb position looking out across the Menai Strait.

Castle Howard

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Castle Howard
Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a remarkable piece of the past, full of antiques, magnificent architecture and surrounded by acres of lush green parkland. Discover the stories behind its construction, its lavish decorations and the history of the Howard family themselves. The house featured in both the TV series and film versions of Brideshead Revisted.

Highclere Castle

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Highclere Castle
You might know the imposing facade of Highclere Castle better as Downton Abbey, the on-screen home of the Crawley family in the hit TV show of the same name. Take a tour of this magnificent Victorian house to discover the real-life story of the Carnarvon family who've lived here for generations.

Cardiff Castle

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Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle is a proud monument to medieval craftsmanship and Welsh heritage. Much of it was restored and updated during the Victorian times, and today it’s a feast of marble, gilding and spectacular wood carvings. There are also some exciting re-enactments and plenty of fun to be had for kids in the dressing-up corners!

Powis Castle

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Powis Castle
The dusky pink Powis Castle has been a country mansion for centuries and its interiors are suitably grand. It’s the gardens, though, that are the showstopper here. Explore hanging gardens, Italianate terraces and the ancient yew hedges trimmed into billowing shapes.

Scone Palace

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Scone Palace
Scone Palace is a site of major historic significance, as this was where Scottish nobles were crowned Kings. Today you'll find a historic house full to the rafters with art and antiques that tell the tale of Scotland's past. Be sure to take in the spectacular views over the River Tay, too.

Culzean Castle

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Culzean Castle
One of Scotland's most popular castles, Culzean Castle is an impressive neoclassical mansion with a dramatic cliff-top setting. Take in the beautiful gardens, tour the sumptuous interiors or book in for a longer stay at the castle's own hotel.

Inveraray Castle

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Inveraray Castle
Visit britain's guide to Inveraray Castle with imagery and maps. This stately home on the shores of Loch Fyne features views across the Scottish countryside.

Stirling Castle

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Stirling Castle
This cliff-top castle surveys seven battlefields including Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated the English army in 1314. North-east of the castle is the Wallace Monument, the craggy tower commemorating Scottish national hero, William Wallace.

Alnwick Castle

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Alnwick Castle
Experience living history at Alnwick Castle, the turreted fortress used as a location in the Harry Potter films and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

Castle Combe

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Castle Combe
Enjoy a picnic by the brook in one of Britain’s prettiest villages. Honey-coloured stone cottages, a medieval church and plenty of places to shop or enjoy tea make this a delightful place to explore.

Eilean Donan Castle

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Eilean Donan Castle
An icon of the Scottish Highlands, Eilean Donan Castle sits on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet. A visit here is a trip into Scotland’s past and an encounter with some of Britain’s most stirring scenery.

Lincoln Castle

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Lincoln Castle
On a site occupied since Roman times, Lincoln Castle was an impressive medieval fortress and served as a prison through the Georgian and Victorian eras. A fascinating piece of history, it's also appeared in a number of films and tv programmes, Downton Abbey among them.

Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle
Perched on an extinct volcano at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle is the city’s most popular tourist attraction. It became Scotland's chief royal castle in the Middle Ages and is now home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th-century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.

Arundel Castle

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Arundel Castle
Arundel Castle has stood in its present location since it was built in 1067, and offers fantastic sweeping views over the surrounding Sussex countryside. Today's castle is an 18th-century restoration, with charming period interiors.

Durham Cathedral

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Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral is one of Britain's most magnificent buildings, and looms high on the city skyline today as it has for close to 1,000 years. It is one of the world's finest examples of Norman architecture and is a World Heritage Site.

Caerphilly Castle

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Caerphilly Castle
The enormous Caerphilly Castle has been looming large for more than 700 years. Surrounded by moats and islands it's a startling sight and well worth a visit. You might recognise it from its various television appearances on British TV shows like Doctor Who and Merlin.

Blackness Castle

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Blackness Castle
Built by the Crichton family in the 15th century, Blackness Castle is a fine example of a medieval fortress. It's served as a royal castle and a prison, and it also featured in the film adaptation of Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson.

Doune Castle

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Doune Castle
Doune Castle is famous as a location in Monty Python and the Holy Grail appearing as Camelot, the Castle of Guy de Lombard, Swamp Castle where Sir Lancelot massacres a wedding party and Castle Anthrax - home to the spirited ladies who want a spanking (and more) from Sir Galahad.

Broughton Castle

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Broughton Castle
Built in 1300 and fortified by its then lord, Broughton Castle has stood the test of time, despite being captured during the English Civil War. You might recognise it as one of the locations in British film Shakespeare in Love.

Hever Castle

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Hever Castle
Once home to Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's unfortunate second wife, Hever Castle is a Tudor manor of exquisite beauty surrounded by some of Britain's finest gardens. Try and stay dry in the unique water maze, walk among the flowers in the walled rose garden, then experience Tudor life in the rooms of the castle itself. You can even stay the night!

Glamis Castle

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Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle's fairy tale grandeur conceals a rich and fascinating history that spans six centuries. Home of Shakespeare's Macbeth (although only in the play), in real life it was the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Take a tour of its lavish rooms then unwind in its lush green gardens.

Old Wardour Castle

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Old Wardour Castle
Built in the 14th century as a luxury house, Old Wardour Castle slowly became a fashionably romantic ruin. It's a beautiful place to spend a day, and you might even recognise it as one of the locations used in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Harlech Castle

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Harlech Castle
Dramatically overseeing the Welsh coast from a rocky outcrop, Harlech Castle was built in 1285 as part of Edward I's magnificent ring of Welsh fortresses. A must for fascinating history and unbeatable views.

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