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Top 10 Recommended Castles in England


Castles in England
Impressive buildings invariably in superb locations, castles are a great way to discover both English history and its landscape. From the huge castle at Dover to the fairy tale castle at Bodiam, the coastal castle at Bamburgh to the UNESCO World Heritage castle in London, there are scores of English Heritage and private properties available to visit. Type 'castles' into the search box, too. By James Penman.

Dover Castle

One of the UK's largest, and most impressive, castles. We've visited many times and it's always a treat. Explore Canterbury Cathedral World Heritage Site a little further up the road.

Bodiam Castle

Fairy tale castle close to Battle Abbey and Battlefield in East Sussex. In the local area, we'd also recommend Rye.

Corfe Castle

Romantic castle ruin in, once again, a stunning setting. On the Isle of Purbeck.

Durham Castle World Heritage Site

Next door to Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site. The castle's a Durham University college now. Head north into Northumberland to discover all its castles.

Goodrich Castle

On the England/Wales border. In the local area, we'd srongly recommend visits to Tintern Abbey and Raglan Castle.

Tower Of London World Heritage Site

A UNESCO World Heritage Site in central London, One of the UK's top tourist attractions, too.

Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

Central England. Whilst the castle's impressive, we'd also recommend it for its many events. The jousting, in particular, is fun.

Pendennis Castle

One of two castles guarding Falmouth and its huge natural harbour. Across the water, visit St Mawes Castle.

Windsor Castle, Berkshire

The largest occupied castle in the world. Visit Windsor Castle St George's Chapel and Eton College.