ID No. 150

A castle which is over 900 years old that has been an integral part of British history. Explore this castle by taking part in activities such as climbing the castle, exploring its dungeons and discovering the stories of the castle, including the prisoner’s escapes (one of whom was Mary, the Queen of Scots).  See the ‘Licking Stones’ where prisoners went for moisture and observe the interesting carvings on the castle floor. Read More

ID No. 141

This is a really amazing castle in fantastic condition. This quintessential romantic castle. It has been an Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king's prison and a royal summer residence over the years. You can stroll around the well landscape gardens or along the turret walls. Whatever you do you will certainly enjoyed your time here.There is plenty for the children to do and so much to see. If you like history you need to visit this place, a true piece of royalty historic past with some amazing features and facts.  Read More

ID No. 139

  Really interesting and surprisingly extensive Tudor and Victorian coastal fort. Loads of rooms to go in, towers to climb and things to explore. And it was deliberately set at one extreme end of a coastal spit, closest to the ocean. The castle is split into two areas, one for the history of the war and the other for the monarchy. Amazing panoramic views from the top of the castle.Very informative and plenty to see.You can either walk about a mile across the beach to reach the castle or pay to take the boat.  Read More

ID No. 138

Any village by the sea is an attractive prospect for a fun day out. This place offers more than most. It's a castle. That in itself is good to know. It was built by Henry VII. So, it's old and full of stories. The old stories aren’t bad. The new ones just may be even more exciting. This was a central spot for the Schneider Trophy Air Force and an important installation during the Twentieth Century. Through both. World Wars, this was a base for seaplanes and flying boats. Read More

ID No. 137

Late in the third century this fort was built. Kings lived here. The building has housed a prison. And the place has always lived with the threat of attack. It is said to be the best kept and, in many ways, the finest of all of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' fortresses. There is so much to be seen and absorbed and understood in this place. Read More

ID No. 136

At this very place William the Conqueror landed with his troops in 1066. It is powerful enough in the mind to be in this place. And the dramatic sight of the fortifications resounds forcefully down through the ages. One can't help thinking about Britain's coastal defenses and about the age-old threat of invasion which has made humans fearful throughout history. Read More

ID No. 134

A home from home for Queen Victoria and her large family. So, a good place for a modern day family to visit. You can zigzag across all the land outside. There is a beach. Bordered by trees. The gardens are full of flowers and plants. Queen Victoria had her own Alcove. And her children played in the charming Swiss Cottage built by Prince Albert.  Read More

ID No. 133

A home from home for Queen Victoria and her large family. So, a good place for a modern day family to visit. You can zigzag across all the land outside. There is a beach. Bordered by trees. The gardens are full of flowers and plants. Queen Victoria had her own Alcove. And her children played in the charming Swiss Cottage built by Prince Albert.  Read More

ID No. 130

This place was founded by King Henry VIII. It is one of the first and most thoroughly equipped coastal fortresses. And quite a few of those castles were built along the shore. It is a Tudor fortress, set up so that cannon can be deployed wherever such weapons might might be needed. You can walk and clamber through and around the entire building. You can visit the storerooms. You can go into the captain’s room on the first floor. The building now has a permanent exhibition, which shows clearly how Henry VII worried about his land, the defense of it and its survival. There are also strong hints and insights on offer when it comes to Henry’s conjugal life. New things are always on show here and kids are well catered for. A fun place, where one can experience a castle and hear 4 centuries worth of stories. Read More

ID No. 128

An old, old fortress. The stories of what happened here during the Middle Ages are of real interest. So are the tales of both World Wars. It is possible to climb up the Great Tower all the way to the top. And throughout the building, rooms have been set up for you to might believe Henry the Second is coming to tea. This is a place whose best stories involve the tower and the tunnels. The underground passages were of special use during the Second World War. Deep within the secret parts of these cliffs naval officers orchestrated evacuations from France and beyond, the wounded were treated, and every measure was taken to prevent invasion. This is a place that resounds with adventure, danger derring-do and noble deeds. Read More

ID No. 127

Elizabeth, the Queen. Mother. It was originally the dwelling-place for the Lords. Warden of the Cinque Ports. The building stands within 8 acres of land. The gardens have won awards. The Broadwalk is unmissable. The Queen Mother’s Garden is a lovely and peaceful place to be. Wellington is one of the stars here. You can read all about him about him. How he is how he lived and how he died. And pride of place is offered to the original Wellington Boots. Read More

ID No. 126

This castle is built in the round. It was erected at the end of the 13th century as a sort of country seat for its medieval owners. Edward, the Black Prince came here at least twice. It's easy to see why. It's a restful place. Abundant wildlife. Gorgeous plant-life. A place where time stops. A perfect picnic spots. In the loveliest of settings. Read More

ID No. 125

The history of this fortress includes the incarceration of George Fox. Fox, who founded the Quakers was imprisoned here in 1656. Nowadays you can stretch out, kick back, enjoy your picnic and revel in the lovely verdant surroundings and the picturesque, breathtaking valley below. The building, resting on a hillock, stands proud and tall. Its centerpiece is an uncommon keep, made up of around tower, built during the 13th century and surrounding the shell keep, one that was made earlier. You can clamber up a staircase inside the two shells to the top of the tower and the top of the hill. It's worth it for the stunning view. Read More

ID No. 123

The construction of this fortress was completed in 1545, according to the instructions of King Henry VIII. And it follows the ‘clover leaf’ design. Lucky for some. The fortress made up part of the King’s Device plan. King Henry wanted to prevent or to protect his land against invasion from France and the Holly Roman Empire. The fortifications were bolstered with cannon and gun posts. The building also happens to stand in a lovely part of the land, by the coast, overlooking the waves. It has also been reported to contain be the most elaborate décor of all of the castles built by Henry.  Read More

ID No. 122

Throughout the summer months here, the guns of history are fired. Literally blasts from the past as the sun shines and the canons roar. This is one Henry VII’s most highly regarded castles. And it has been a faithful and impressive sentinel here in Falmouth, warning against – and preventing – invasion for hundreds of years. It’s always fun for people of all ages to visit an old fortress. The state of the art displays here, and the interactive technologies certainly make the experiences exciting and enthralling. So is the exhibition - ‘Fortress Falmouth and the First World War’. But the actual features of the place resound powerfully as they are, unadorned and simple. The tunnels. The towers. The observation posts. The tales of how people throughout the ages have defended this section of the coast, ever since Tudor times, for centuries, through two World Wars and right up until today.  Read More

ID No. 121

A fortress on a cliff. A dramatic silhouette. An old fortification resonant with stories of King Arthur and his knights. It’s hard to drag oneself away from the statues. One wants to wander for hours or even days among the ruins. Spread wide across the shore and thrusting its way into the ocean waves, the windswept, water-worn, weather-beaten mainland and headland offer a timeless vision and memory of a certain kind of human life. Once people traded here. Once it was a port. It always contained a court of kings. And it has never, ever lost its drama, its power, its grandeur, its romance.  Read More

ID No. 119

More than a millennium of stories. Indeed, this was the setting for Ivanhoe by Walter Scott, the evergreen novel, so often adapted for stage and screen. The tower is around 900 years old. The architecture of the building itself is of the most uncommon kind. ’s Ivanhoe Step inside the magnificent 12th-century tower at this place, the setting for Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, and explore one of England’s most unusually-designed buildings. These days Hamelin and Isabel de Warenne, who built this fortress, greet you and invite you in. Well, projected animations do. There is a visitor centre here, where you can look at archaeological discoveries made in the area. You can encounter artworks and artefacts there too. And, what’s more, the tale of the fortification is told via panels set around it, on each of which personages from the edifice’s past vividly appear.  Read More

ID No. 117

 A fortress on top of a mountain. A place overflowing with stories and wonders. And those are enhanced by all the media involved in guiding adults and children around this magical place, and all the absorbing games, and all the easy-to-absorb fun facts, and all the joys that modern technology can provide. These bolster up the history in this old venue for gatherings and dinners and balls, where men – usually moustachioed and often handsome – danced and dined and cavorted with richly-clad and adorned ladies. This modish English chateau was the place to go during the sixteen hundred. Members of the Court were hosts and guests here. The building is made of mazes, any number of rooms, hearths carved out of marble, with art on the ceilings and more art hanging on the walls. Visitors can stroll or play or frolic around the terrace and the ruins down below and the gardens and the fountain and the entire spectacle and feeling here, the experience of it.  Read More

ID No. 115

From this fortress right at the topmost point of its hill stands one of Britain’s first Norman castles, built by Henry II in 1176. The charming village, also built during the Middle Ages, can be clearly seen, spread out below, the charming village and the shimmering mountain, Mam Tor, and the Bronze Age fort-on-a-hill. Every step taken here is full of fascination and fun. Read More

ID No. 107

This is said to be the best-kept and the most notable example of such a dwelling place in all of Merrie England. Call it a fortress. Call it a manor house. The gatehouse is framed with old wood. The adjoining parish church is all that a parish church should be. No wonder this glorious castle is in such demand for corporate events, parties and weddings. Anyone in search of colour and atmosphere and history should come to this place. Read More

ID No. 106

Robert de Vieuxpont built this fortress in the early 13th Century. De Vieuxpont had lived a busy life as a landowner and administrator in France – especially in Rouen – and in Britain. He was a supporter and colleague of King John. John Brought de Vieuxpont to England in 1203. The twirling staircase and the corridors and alleyways and the edifice itself are full of history. They’re also in a lovely part of the world, beside a river whose banks are made for quiet moments or family games or lunches or historical exploration or anything that a visitor may want.   Read More

ID No. 85

 Over 900 years old, this castle is one of the best preserved & most complete castles in England. The history of this castle is inseparable from the Clifford family who fought in several wars including the Battle of Bannockburn, Agincourt and Wars of the Roses, Granted the property by Edward II in 1310, Robert Clifford was appointed the first Lord Clifford and Guardian of Craven. Robert Clifford began heavily fortifying the castle, but he was brutally killed at Bannockburn in 1314. During the Civil War, castle was the last Royalist bastion in the North, yielding only after a three-year siege in 1645. ‘Slighted’ under the orders of Cromwell, the castle was skillfully restored years later by the indubitable matriarch Lady Anne, who fought a tenacious battle with her uncle for rights to her inheritance from her late father, George Clifford. Visitors can walk through history into the magnificent Banqueting Hall, the Old Kitchen, the Bedchamber or climb from the depths of the Dungeon to the top of the Watch Tower. Read More

ID No. 48

This castle is a 1,000-year-old castle that protects the Crown Jewels. It was secure fortress, a royal palace and an infamous prison. Kings and queens demonstrated their power from here, shaping society and influencing our world.  See wonderful displays of arms and armour, which have made and stored in this secure fortress. Step into the luxurious palace of medieval Kings and Queens, designed as a place to live and rule. Explore the spaces where famous prisoners were kept and discover the graffiti they left behind 500 years ago. Find the places where people were imprisoned awaiting trial or punishment. Discover where kings, queens and religious criminals were locked away, and where three English queens were killed by execution. Read More

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