Alnwick, in the town centre
Tel. 01665 510777 for castle; 01665 511133 for garden
Historic Houses Association member; seat of the Percy family since 1309; interior remodeled in Italian Renaissance style; furniture, paintings, and porcelain; one of largest walled gardens in the world; water cascade; rose garden; tree house; shop, restaurant
Appleby-in-Westmoreland, just off the A66 between Penrith and Brough
Tel: 0 1768 351 402
Square stone keep of 1170 one of best preserved in Britain; Great Hall restored in 1600s; rare breed collection of animals
For more on Appleby see our article Appleby
East and West Sussex
Arundel, West Sussex
Tel. 0 903 882 173
11th century castle with collections of tapestries, paintings, armour and much more; keep (131 steps to climb); chapel in grounds; gatehouse; restaurant; shop; special events; formal garden; pay and display car park opposite castle
Web: Arundel Castle
South Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Tel. 01530 413 343
English Heritage property; ruins of late medieval manor house with 78-foot high tower (can be climbed); underground passage open; audio guide, interpretation panels; parking restricted, use pay town car park; picnic area.
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Two miles north-east of Corbridge
Tel. 01434 632450
English Heritage property; 13th century fortified manor house converted into a farmhouse; parking, picnic area.
On the B1342 by the sea, east of Belford
Tel. 01668 214515
Historic Houses Association member; Norman keep and remodeled castle of 1700 and 1900s; collection of armour, porcelain, and china; museum about first baron Armstrong; tea-room; shop; parking fee
Web: Bamburgh Castle
Tel. 01833 638 212
English Heritage property; extensive ruined castle in the town above river Tees; great hall; round towered keep.
11 miles southeast of Chester; on minor road off A49 or A41
Tel. 01829 260464
English Heritage property; 13th century ruin with walls and gateway remaining; extensive views; exhibition; new areas open from 2008; parking; picnic area.
On hillside seven miles from Grantham
Off the A607
Tel. 0 1476 871 002
Historic Houses Association member; dates back to Norman times; rooms filled with treasures including art, furniture, and weapons
For photos and more on the castle go to our article Belvoir Castle
Web: Belvoir Castle
Just off the A38, 26 mile south of Gloucester
Midway between Bristol and Gloucester, just west of M5
Tel. 01453 810 332
Historic Houses Association member; deer park; 900 year old castle and castle keep dating from 1153; guardroom; dungeon where King Edward II was murdered; paintings and family portraits, great hall and much more; parking; tea-room; Old Laundry Room restaurant for pre-booked groups; shop; butterfly house across carpark by the entrance; special events
Web: Berkeley Castle
English Heritage property; remains of 11-13th century motte and bailey castle; surrounding walls, ditches, and earthworks.
9 miles north of Brampton, on a minor road off the B6318
Built by a Scandinavian in 11th century on site of Roman fort; decayed by early 15th century but subsequently repaired; destroyed by Cromwell in 1641; few remains.
Black Gate and Castle Keep
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
Tel. 0 191 232 7938
Grade 1 listed castle with parts remaining; disabled facilities: virtual tour of the keep and castle on ground floor by appointment only; free of charge; use city parkades.
East and West Sussex
Bodiam near Robertsbridge, East Sussex
Tel. 01580 830 196
National Trust property; late medieval moated castle, built in 1385; exterior mostly complete; ruined interior with surviving spiral staircases and battlements, gatehouse; museum with displays on the castle; special events; shop; tea-room; parking fee.
Tel. 0 1529 461 499
English Heritage property; 13th century hexagonal castle with remains of gatehouse; birthplace of future King Henry IV; earthworks adjacent; ruins of St Peter’s and St Paul’s church built by John of Gaunt beside castle.
Castle Street, Bolsover
Tel. 01246 822 844
English Heritage property; 17th century building with carved fireplaces, panelling, and painted ceilings; 17th century indoor riding house; fountain; garden; special events; visitor and exhibition centre; audio tour; parking; refreshments
For full details and photos see our article Bolsover Castle
Bolton, 6 miles west of Leyburn, Wensleydale
Tel. 01969 623 981
Historic Houses Association member; part of the Bolton estate; medieval castle, some in ruins; 15th century castle life tableaux in roofed rooms; shop; tea-room; walled garden; vineyard; rose beds; maze; special events
Web: Bolton Castle
Brough, just off the A66, south-east of Appleby
English Heritage property; large castle ruin dating from c1100; rebuilt by Lady Anne Clifford in 1600s; remains of gatehouse, keep, domestic buildings, hall; parking.
1.5miles southeast of Penrith
On minor road off the A66
Tel. 01768 862 488
English Heritage property; well preserved and extensive ruins; one of northern England’s important strongholds; built c1214; restored by Lady Anne Clifford; exhibition centre; massive keep; parking.
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Broughton Castle, Banbury Cross
South-west of the town
Tel. 01295 276 070
Medieval family home on an island surrounded by a moat; gardens and church
Two miles south-east of Fawley, off the B3053
Tel. 0 2380 892 023
English Heritage property; circular plan artillery fort built by Henry VIII to defend the coastal route to Southampton; parking.
Isle of Wight
Carisbrooke, on a hill on edge of the town
Tel. 01983 522 107
English Heritage property; begun c 1100; 14th century gatehouse; Charles I imprisoned here; well house with donkeys turning wheel; chapel; home of Queen Victoria's daughter, Beatrice; presentation on history of the castle; film; interactives; museum on site; virtual tour; wall walks; Princess Beatrice garden, new in 2009, in the Edwardian style and based on her heraldic colours of blue, gold and red.
Tel. 01228 591 922
English Heritage property; largest and best preseved castle in Cumbria; built c1130 over many years; gatehouse, tower, wall walk, domestic rooms, bailey; Regimental museum on the site; exhibition on Bonnie Prince Charlie; city centre car parks.
Castle Acre Castle and Bailey Gate
Castle Acre, east end of the village
Tel. 01760 755394
English Heritage property; remains of Norman manor house that became a castle;bailey gate survives; earthworks; also in the village is Castle Acre Priory--see Religous Attractions.
Castle Rising Castle
Castle Rising, 4 miles north-east of King's Lynn
Tel. 01553 631 330
English Heritage management; owned by lord Howard of Rising; high moated castle with large well preserved 12th century keep; ramparts; 20 acres of earthworks; audio tour (fee charged); parking.
Isle of Man
Castletown, at the town square
on the south coast near airport
Tel. 01624 648 000
Medieval fortress; large keep with a number of rooms; displays and information on the life of the castle; former administrative centre of the island.
two miles south of the B6348; signed from the main road
Tel. 0 1668 215 359
Dungeons in a 12th century border fortress, redefined in later centuries; staterooms; active restoration of masonry, metalwork and ornamental plaster; gardens; grounds; lake; restaurant; special events; parking
For photos and more information see our article Chillingham Castle
Web: Chillingham Castle
Clun, near Craven Arms
Tel. 0121 6256820
English Heritage property; riverside ruins and earthworks of four-storey Welsh border castle with 13th century keep; information panels.
Colchester Castle and Museum
Colchester, in Castle park
Tel. 01206 282 939; to book tour tel. 01206 282 937
Shell of largest Norman castle keep in Europe; underground and rooftop tour; museum in interior with displays on the history of Colchester, its Roman past, and the castle; entrance fee; for full details and photos see our article Colchester Castle
Castle Hill, Doncaster, north-east of Conisbrough
Tel. 0 1709 863 329
English Heritage property; once principle northern stronghold of de Warenne Earls of Surrey; 12th century keep of castle re-roofed and re-floored; AV presentation; visitor centre; exhibition; medieval clothing experience for kids; car park; special events in summer; parking
Web: Conisbrough Castle
Corfe, in the village
Tel. 01929 481 294 (info line)
1000 year old castle ruin on very high hill; important stronghold since time of Wiliam the Conqueror; Norman and early English features remain; NT tea-room and shop in the village; village pay and display a distance from the castle; limited village parking; NT car park with 800 yd uphill walk to castle (pleasant path through woods).
Cronk Howe Mooar (Fairy Hill)
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Isle of Man
Near Port Erin
Hill or castle mound, possibly of timber fort of AD100.
Dalton, in market place at top of main street
Tel. 0 1524 701 178(National Trust regional office)
National Trust property; constructed as a pele tower in mid 1300s for holding court and as a prison.
Castle Road, Dartmouth (one mile south-east of the town)
Tel. 01803 833 588
English Heritage property; well preserved castle on Dart estuary; begun in late 14th century; gun tower; displays on 600 year history of the castle; parking; tea-room (not EH).
Victoria Rd, Deal, south-east of town centre
Tel. 01304 372 762
English Heritage property; built by Henry VIII as an artillery coastal fort; interactive displays; exhibition; much to explore.
Dover, on a hilltop by the famous white cliffs east of town centre
Tel. 01304 211 067
English Heritage property; extensive grounds with 1180 castle keep furnished in time of Henry II; presentation using technology; Royal Regimental Museum; Roman lighthouse; Anglo-Saxon church; 13th century underground fortifications; walks along the walls; several exhibitions; separate tour (timed tickets) of underground tunnels where secret WWII activities took place; fire command post furnished as was in 1918; restaurant; parking; holiday cottages for let; allow 4 hours for underground tour, lunch, castle and grounds.
Drumburgh, Allerdale, 8 miles west north-west of Carlisle
Grade I listed; fortified stone tower house; farmhouse built c1500-25 by Thomas, Lord Dacre; restored in 1970s with one wing now private home.
Eight miles north-east of Alnwick
then 1.5 mile walk to coast from ticket booth at Craster parking lot (charge)
Tel. 0 1665 576 231
Owned by National Trust; cared for by English Heritage; extensive 14th century ruins perched on ciff above ocean; gatehouse and curtain walls.
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Dunster, top of hill in the village
Tel. 0 1643 823 004 (infoline); 0 1643 821 314
National Trust property; castle begun in Norman times; remodelled 1868-72 ; 15th century gatehouse; ruined tower; oak staircase; 17th century dining room ceiling plasterwork; rooms unfurnished; subtropical gardens with plant collection; National Collection of Strawberry Trees; view over Bristol channel; bat camera; ghost busters trail; parking; shop; plant sales
For photos and more information see our article Dunster
6 miles south-east of Whitehaven
Ruins of a castle built c 1120; remains of gatehouse, front of great hall, and curtain wall; castle is subject of local legend and poem by Wordsworth.
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Near Etal village by Cornhill-on-Tweed
Tel. 0 1890 820 332
English Heritage property; 14th century castle with only gatehouse and keep remaining; interpretive centre on battle of Flodden Field, castle, and border warfare; parking.
Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Farleigh Hungerford, on the A366
Tel. 01225 754 026
English Heritage property; extensive 14th century ruins; chapel with family monuments, crypt, and wall paintings; priest's house of fortified mansion; interpretation panels; displays; audio tour; parking.
Farnham Castle Keep
.5 mile north of Farnham town centre on A287
Tel. 0 1252 713 393
English Heritage property; motte and shell keep of castle founded 1138 by Bishop Henry of Blois; home to wealthy bishops of Winchester; updated 1520s; stayed in by Mary Tudor.
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Framlingham, on the B1116
Tel. 01728 724 189
English Heritage property; externally perfect 12th century castle; curtain wall with 13 towers survives intact; mere; exhibition on 800 years of the castle's life; themed trails; audio tour; wall-walk; views; poorhouse kitchen; Lanman Trust Museum of Local History; parking.
Gleaston village, on private farm land, three miles east of Barrow-in-Furness
Open: on private farm land three miles east of Barrow-in-Furness at the village of Gleaston; can be viewed from the minor road leading from Gleaston to Scales off the A5087
Scant ruins of castle begun 1325 as border protection against the Scots; ruined by 1540; one tower of ruins was renovated in 17th century as living quarters
Five miles south of Ross-on-Wye, off the A40
Tel. 01885 488 099
English Heritage property; red sandstone 11th century castle ruins guarding river Wye; square keep; one of most complete medieval domestic buildings; parking--fee charged; visitor centre; shop; cafe (weekends only in winter).
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Tel. 0 1483 444 751
Ruins of Bargate stone (from local area) castle built shortly after Norman conquest; sits on a high mound; improvements in 13th century included new buildings and fancy décor in great hall and king Henry III’s bedchamber; fell into disrepair in 14th century; great tower used as county gaol; reconstruction of some parts in 2003; display on the castle and its history; set in castle park with many floral beds; views from top; use town car parks
Hadleigh, south of the A13
Tel. 01760 755 161
English Heritage property; 13th century curtain wall; two towers; built for Edward III; country park on site open 8am-dusk.
Off the A1017, from Sible Hedingham
Tel. 01787 460 261
Historic Houses Association member; Norman keep with banqueting hall; Norman arch; woodland and lake walks; special events--weddings etc may cause temporary closure (check website before visiting); accommodation in grounds
Web: Hedingham Castle
Tel. 01439 770 442
English Heritage property; 12th century castle on steep hill surrounded by moat; panoramic views; Norman keep; roofed medieval hall, panelling and plasterwork; exhibition; visitor centre; audio tour; TIC in the visitor centre; parking--fee charged.
Hever Castle and Gardens
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Bough Beech near the B2027 and Edenbridge
Tel. 0 1732 865 224
Childhood home of Anne Boleyn; dates back to 1270 but restored in early 1900s; Tudor long gallery; Astors of Hever exhibition; 30 acres of gardens, created 1904-08, include Italian garden, shrubs, herbaceous plants, walled rose garden, topiary, maze (Easter-Oct only), 35 acre lake, streams, cascade, fountains; special events; restaurant; shop; accommodation in the grounds; adventure playground; Regimental Museum; walks
Web: Hever Castle
Castle Hill, Kendal, off the A6
12th century stone ruins on a hilltop; remains consist of stone wall and two towers; derelict by 1571
For photos and more information see our article at Kendal Castle
Kenilworth, on the edge of the town
Tel. 01926 852 078
English Heritage property; largest castle ruins in England; exhibition; interactive castle model; recreated Tudor garden; AV tour; John of Gaunt’s Hall; parking--fee charged; shop; cafe (weekends only in winter); for full information and photos see our article at Kenilworth Castle
Kirby Muxloe Castle
4 miles west of Leicester, off the B5380
Tel. 01162 386 886
English Heritage property; ruins of 1480s castle never completed; gatehouse and corner tower.
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Kirkoswald, on the B6413; view from nearby footpath
Castle in 1200s for defense against Scots; burned by Scots in 1314; 1400-1500 alterations and additions; ruined and plundered in 16th century; now only partial remains of a tower.
Near Outhgill (B6249), on path between Pendragon Castle and Wharton Hall
14th century castle ruins; abandoned in 15th century; originally two towers, a hall, and a keep.
Castle Parade, Lancaster
Tel. 01524 64998
Norman castle still used as courtroom and prison; tour tells the story; special events
Web: Lancaster Castle
Castle Lodge, Launceston
Tel. 01566 772 365
English Heritage property; set on high mound; begun just after Norman conquest; 13th century round tower keep with circular keep inside; used as a prison (George Fox, Quaker founder, confined here); display and excavation finds; shop.
Leeds Castle and Gardens
Six miles east of Maidstone
Tel. 01622 765 400
One of the ‘Treasure Houses of England’; royal residence for six of England’s queens; dog collar museum; maze; aviary; park; gardens; special events; weddings; accommodation in grounds; cafe; shop
Web: Leeds Castle
Castle Hill, Lincoln
Tel. 01522 511 068
Begun by William the Conqueror; original copy of Magna Carta in the chantry; served as prison in 18-19th centuries; wall walks; use city car parks.
Holy Island, across water from Berwick
Tel. 01289 389 244
Check tide tables before driving the 3 mile causeway--posted beside the causeway and at Holy Island Tide Tables
National Trust property; built in 1550 and remodeled as a private home by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1903; walled garden; pay and display car park.
Lowther Castle and Gardens
4 miles south of Penrith
Tel. 0 1931 712 192
Constructed 1806-1811; mostly 14th century decorated Gothic cathedral style with mullioned windows, pinnacles, towers, turrets, and battlements; interior had carved oak panelling and a brass-railed staircase; restored gardens include parterre garden, yew avenue, Japanese garden, alpine garden; cafe; shop; special events; parking
Web: Lowther Castle
Castle Square, Ludlow
Tel. 01584 873 355
Ruined castle started after Norman conquest with alterations continuing through 16th century; childhood home of Princes Edward and Richard; Prince Arthur (son of Henry VIII) died here; shop; special events; restaurant; self-catering accommodation; use town centre car park
Web: Ludlow Castle
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Lulworth Park, Wareham
Tel. 0845 450 1054
17th century hunting lodge, burned and restored; kitchen, dairy, laundry; wine cellar; exhibition on silver and vestments; interpretation panels; original kitchen garden; Georgian Catholic chapel; special events; Lulworth Castle House in the park has furniture and picture collection; pay parking
See photos and more information in our article Lulworth Castle and Park
Web: Lulworth Estate
Tel. 01969 623 899
English Heritage property; extensive ruins with 12th century great keep; views over countryside; home of Richard III; parking in village.
Moreton Corbet Castle
Moreton Corbet, off the B5063
Tel. 01216 256 820
English Heritage property; ruined medieval castle and remains of Tudor manor house; shell of Elizabethan mansion wing in Italianate style; church with monuments; information panels; parking
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On the A595 near Ravenglass
Tel. 01229 717 614
Castle dating from 1208, still lived in by Pennington family; pele tower added to and turned into home; medieval great hall; 1800 acre estate with countryside walks; woodland gardens; plant centre; 12th century church; restaurant; bed and breakfast rooms; parking; special night event Darkest Muncaster on most Sat and Sun evenings from Oct-March, excluding Jan--phone for full details
Web: Muncaster Castle
Two miles east of Brampton
Tel. 0 1697 73229
14th century; two towers, one still occupied by family; curtain wall with buildings around 3 sides; restored after 1844 fire; 100 foot long banqueting hall; ‘Jane Eyre’ filmed here in 1996; 17th century walled garden; woodland walks; waterfall; lake
Web: Naworth Castle
Norham, near Berwick, on minor road off B6470
Tel. 01289 304 493
English Heritage property; ruins of border castle built in mid 1100s; keep and towered bailey walls; 16th century rebuilding; parking.
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Norwich city centre
Tel. 01603 493 636
Shell of castle re-roofed and used for museum and art gallery; tells history of the castle and keep; collection of teapots and Cotman watercolours; use nearby city car parks.
Catmos St, Oakham, rear of the market place
Tel. 01572 758 440
Norman great hall is all that remains; 12th century sculptures, 200 unique horseshoes; served as a court from 1600s; use town car parks.
Castle Lodge St, Okehampton
Tel. 01837 52844
English Heritage property; remains of Devon's largest castle; partly on a high hill; begun in 11th century; turned into mansion in 14th century; audio tours; parking; woodland walks; riverside picnic area.
Old Wardour Castle
Tisbury, 2 miles south-west, off the A30
Tel. 01747 870 487
English Heritage property; 14th century castle ruins beside a lake; built as a luxurious residence; central courtyard with hexagonal tower house; in grounds of 18th century New Wardour House (no public access); parking.
Tel. 01394 450 472
English Heritage property; royal castle built by Henry II in 13th century; polygon keep survives almost intact with three towers and spiral stairs, rooms passageways; audio tour; view from top of castle.
Oxford Castle/Old Prison
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44 Castle St, Oxford
Tel. 0 1865 201 657 (general enquiries) or 0 1865 260 666 (to book a tour)
Shown by tour only; once a royal palace, but later served as a prison; built by a Norman baron in 1071; hotel and restaurant within part of the old prison
Web: Oxford Castle
Isle of Man
Tel. 0 1624 648 000
13th century castle overlooking harbour; curtain wall; gatehouse; large number of buildings; 11th century St Patrick's church; round tower; cathedral of St German; apartments of Lords of Mann.
Tel. 01326 316 594
English Heritage property; constructed 1540-1545; adapted through the centuries; ramparts of Elizabethan fortifications; guns from 18th and 19th centuries; 17th century gatehouse; guardhouse set up as was in WWI; underground magazines; 1901 barracks has interactive exhibition; parking; shop, tea-room.
Off the B6259, north of Outhgill by Castlethwaite
Ruins of castle with 12th century keep with 14 foot thick walls; spiral stairs, latrine, and turret ruins; several castles buit on site, one burned by the Scots; restored 1660 by Lady Anne Clifford but taken apart 1680 by her heir.
In a public park opposite the railway station at Penrith, one mile from the M6, Jct. 40
English Heritage property; castle walls in public park with panels telling the story of the castle; begun at end of 14th century; later became a country residence by Richard III to be.
East and West Sussex
Pevensey, East Sussex
Tel. 01323 762 604
English Heritage property; 4th century Roman fort turned into Norman castle; landing place of William the Conqueror in 1066; stone keep; towered bailey wall; twin-towered gatehouse; pillboxes and gun posts added WWII; exhibition; audio tour; parking; shop; tea-room.
Castleton, on a high hill from market place
Tel. 01433 620 613
English Heritage property; ruins of castle built 11th century; square keep; additions by Henry II; great hall; used from 1400 as prison; visitor centre with displays; views over countryside
Tel. 01751 474 989
English Heritage property; ruins of motte and bailey castle; walls; towers; keep; exhibition in chapel.
On Piel Island, (3 ¼ miles southeast of Barrow); reached by driving from Rampside over the mile-long causeway to Roa Island; on far side of Roa, catch small boat, subject to tides and weather
Tel. 0 7516 453 784 or 0 7798 794 550 for boat times
English Heritage property; overgrown ruins of 14th century castle on island; three story keep, baileys, towers.
Castle Chain, Pontefract
Tel. 0 1977 723 440
Royal castle in 1399; Richard II died here; mostly demolished due to royal support in civil war; ruins and underground magazine chamber open to visitors.
Castletown, Isle of Portland
Tel. 0 1305 820 539
English Heritage property; squat artillery fort built by Henry VIII in 1540s to defend Weymouth harbour against French or Spanish; mostly intact; during civil war both Royalists and Parliamentarians took control of the castle; served as seaplane station during WWI; great hall; audio tour; exhibition; heritage garden in grounds; circular amphitheatre of local Portland stone with two level seating for 200 people; special events; parking; shop; tea-room.
Kenton, Exeter, EX6 8JQ
(Access from A379, 6miles south-west of Exeter, 4miles south of M5/J30)
Tel. 0 1626 890 243
Victorian restoration of 14th century castle; woodlands; chapel; restaurant; walled garden has animal pets for children and picnic area; shops; parking
For photos and more information see our article Powderham Castle
Web: Powderham Castle
Chathill, signed from A1 north of Alnwick
Tel. 01665 589 227
Historic Houses Association member; built in 1392 as a pele tower; rooms are unchanged; displays of historic information; views from the rooftop over the countryside.
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Tel. 01661 833 459
English Heritage property; one of county’s oldest keeps; begun 1100-1120; Percy family castle from 1398; great hall; manor house built within walls in 1800s; two towers; exhibition; shop; parking.
Staindrop, near Darlington
Tel. 01833 660202
Historic Houses Association member; 14th century fortified house converted into a country home in the 18th-19th centuries; collection of porcelain, furniture, and paintings; 200 acre deer park; lakes; walled garden; carriage collection; shop; tearoom
Web: Raby Castle
Lostwithiel, 1.5 miles north of the town
Tel. 0 1208 872 687
English Heritage property; 13th century circular shell-keep with rooms; surrounded by ditch; parking; picnic area; shop
View photos and read details in our article Restormel Castle
Tel. 01748 822 493
English Heritage property; Norman fortress, one of oldest stone ones in Britain; remains of curtain wall; 100 foot high keep, added in 1170s, with view from the top over the town and river Swale; interactive display; garden in grounds; special activities for families; parking in town centre; shop.
Tel. 0 1423 770 152
Historic Houses Association member; hall and two tower rooms on show by guided tour; collection of medieval armour; library; dining room; drawing room; paintings; china collections; walled garden; deer park; lake; woodland walks; kitchen garden; National Hyacinth collection; tea-room; shop; parking
For more information see our article Historic Homes of North Yorkshire
Web: Ripley Castle
The Lodge, Rochester-upon-Medway
Tel. 01634 402 276
English Heritage property; 11th century castle; built to guard river Medway; 113 foot high Norman tower keep; rebuilt under Henry III and Edward I; audio tours; shop.
Rockingham, Market Harborough
Tel. 01536 770 240
18 acres of gardens with 400 year old yew hedge; great Hall built by William the Conqueror; below stairs area; great hall; long gallery with furniture and paintings; gardens; tea-room; shop
Web: Rockingham Castle
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Just off the B5299 road near Raughton Head
At one time the palace of the bishops of Carlisle; oldest part is pele tower of 1340; two sides of four sided castle no longer survive; parliamentary troops burned it in civil war; restored in 1700s and 1800s.
Manygates Lane, Sandal, Wakefield
Remains of 13th century stone castle and motte and bailey; suffered during civil war; Visitor Centre has artefacts on display; shop; guided tours available; limited parking.
Scaleby, 6 miles north-east of Carlisle
Red sandstone Grade I listed building built early 12th century; changed over the centuries; three storeys above basement vault of tower are ruins; two-storey gatehouse, three storey great hall, two-storey curtain tower;small enclosed courtyard; one of two moats remains.
Castle Road, Scarborough, east of town centre
Tel. 01723 371 451
English Heritage property; 12th century castle on cliff edge between two bays; sheer drops to sea; viewing platforms; 12th century keep; 18th century barracks and gun batteries; interactive displays in restored master gunner's house; graphic panels throughout the castle ruins; audio tour; parking in town centre.
Sherborne Old Castle
In grounds of Sherborne Castle, Sherborne
Tel. 01935 812730
English Heritage property; 12th century ruins built by Roger de Caen, Bishop of Sarum; given by Queen Elizabeth I to Sir Walter Raleigh, who built new Sherborne Castle in the grounds; strong Royalist base during civil war; Cromwell called it "a malicious and mischievous castle" as he took 11 days to capture it; picnic area; car park.
Sizergh Castle & Garden
Sizergh, off the A590/591
Tel. 0 1539 560 951
National Trust property; former 14th century pele tower with great hall and wings added in Elizabeth times; many original features; lake; walks; portraits; furniture; ceramic collection; organic farm shop, cafe; gallery; milking parlour; 14 acres of gardens.
Skipton, at top of main street
Tel. 01756 792 442
900 year old castle with four round towers around central courtyard; banqueting hall; watch tower; kitchens; bedchamber; dungeon; Tudor wing; medieval chapel; shop; restaurant; picnic area
Web: Skipton Castle
East Hyde, on B653 just east of M1
Junction 10/10A near Harpenden
Near Harpenden and Luton airport
15th century gatehouse and chapel remains of 1400s castle; listed building; parking opposite
St Mawes Castle
St Mawes, on A3078
Tel. 0 1326 270 526
English Heritage property; well-preserved clover-leaf shaped fort built by Henry VIII for coastal defense; parking; shop.
Stafford Castle and Visitor Centre
Newport Road, Stafford
Tel. 01785 257 698
Ruins of motte and bailey castle and early 19th century castle; visitor centre; AV presentation; medieval herb garden; special events; shop.
One mile south of Craven Arms
Tel. 01588 672 544
English Heritage property; best preserved 13th century fortified manor house in England; open hearth great hall with cruck-built timber roof; medieval staircase, tiled floor and wall painting; timber framed gatehouse; 17th century solar chamber; cottage garden; parking; shop; tea-room (seasonal).
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Winchcombe, near Cheltenham, off the B4632
Tel. 0 1242 604 244 (Visitor Centre)
Historic Houses Association member; home of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife; nine gardens include formal gardens, topiary, wildflower walk, Victorian kitchen garden, herbal healing garden; special rose week; special exhibitions; special events; pheasantry and wildlife area with rare species; parking; shop; self-catering cottages in grounds
The Holloway, Ladybank, Tamworth town centre
Tel. 01827 709 629 (info line)
Norman castle with 15 rooms open to view; late medieval great hall; Tudor chambers; Victorian reception rooms; special events.
Tattershall, on the A153
Tel. 01526 342 543
National Trust property; moated 15th century red brick castle (150 steps); state apartments; gothic fireplaces; great chambers; tapestries; shop; parking.
Tintagel, 660 yards from the village
Tel. 01840 770 328
English Heritage property; two dramatically sited castles--medieval one on mainland and other 13th century one on island linked by bridge and reached by 100 steep steps uphill; stunning views over the water; audio tour introduction; shop; cafe with local Cornish ingredients; pay parking in the village; to reach: walk on uneven track or shuttle (April-Oct) to the site; associated with the legend of king Arthur
Note: the site is teeming with people; go early and, if possible, off-season.
Tiverton, on A361, signed off roundabout
Tel. 01884 253 200 or 01884 255 200
Built 1100, enlarged in 13th and 14th centuries; walled gardens; self-catering in main castle building
Web: Tiverton Castle
Tutbury, off the A50
Tel. 01283 812 129
Remains of large motte and bailey castle started in Norman times; hall and range of buildings built 1200s; south tower built 1400s; special events; Mary Queen Scots imprisoned here
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Tynemouth Priory and Castle
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Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North Pier, Tynemouth
Tel. 0191 257 1090
English Heritage property; castle walls survive of 1296 building; became a royal castle when taken over by Henry VIII; remains of 1090 Benedictine priory on ruins of 7th century Anglian monastery; east end of priory church survives; well-preserved chapel with rose window and roof vault.
Walmer Castle and Gardens
South of Walmer, on coast on the A258
Tel. 01304 364 288
English Heritage property; built as Tudor fort; became official residence of Warden of the Cinque Ports in 1708; Duke of Wellington (one of the wardens) memorabilia in castle museum; warden apartments still in use; audio tour; gardens; parking; shop; tea-room.
Warkworth Castle and Hermitage
Warkworth, on the A1068
Tel. 0 1665 711 423
English Heritage property; Percy family castle, one of largest in north; roofed 14th century cross-shaped keep; extensive ruins include great hall, chapel, gatehouse, walls; audio tour; parking; shop; medieval cave was hermitage and chapel of holy man, accessible by boat, .5 mile from castle
See photos and full details in our article Warkworth Castle
Tel. 0871 265 2000 (information line)
Dates back to William the Conqueror; present castle from 1264; curtain walls; dungeon; ghost tower; great hall; staterooms; tableau of Edwardian weekend house party; special events; restaurant, snack bar; shop; use town car parks
Web: Warwick Castle
Whittington, Oswestry, on the A495
Tel. 0 1691 662 397
Norman motte and bailey castle uilt by William Peverel in 1100s; rebuilt of stone with five towers in 1223;made into home in 1320
Tea-room; parking (small fee), second-hand bookshop; free entry
For photos and more information see our feature article at Whittington Castle
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Windsor, reached by boat, rail, road from London
Tel. 020 7321 2233
A royal castle for 900 years, one of the Queen's official homes; state apartments furnished with treasures; 14th century St George's chapel; set in large grounds; Windsor Park outside the walls
For photos and more details see our article Windsor Castle
Web: Windsor Castle
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Isle of Wight
Yarmouth, next to car ferry terminal
Tel. 01983 760 678
English Heritage property; coatal defence castle built by Henry VIII; displays explain use of rooms in 16th century; exhibition on ship wrecks; picnic area; parking (one hour limit); shop.