Take a step back in time and explore some of Britain’s most well-known and mysterious castles. With such a rich history Britain’s fortresses promise to fascinate and stir your intrigue.
One of the UK’s most pre-eminent and beautiful castles, Floors castle is set in stunning grounds in the Scottish lowlands. There is so much to see and do here that many visitors book themselves in for a night at the Roxburghe Hotel on the estate. The castle itself boasts hundreds of intricate rooms and an outstanding collection of fine art brought to the castle by the 8th Duke of Roxburghe’s wife, Mary Goelet. So whether you want to stroll through the grounds, lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants or indulge in the wonderful architecture and internal aesthetics, Floors Castle will not disappoint.
Many may argue that this is the castle of your dreams, whatever your age. Over £6,000,000 has been spent on restoration over the past 10 years so this castle has certainly got the wow factor and will really take you back to medieval times. Not only does the architecture transport your imagination, the castle has numerous interactive displays, waxwork figures, storytelling and activities for all. Whether you’re into princesses, dragons or rich and detailed history Warwick Castle has as treat in store for you.
Built by King Henry II in the 12th Century, this fortress has an impressive Great Tower standing at 83 feet high and with walls 21 feet thick in places. Its prowess atop the White Cliffs of Dover gives it a commanding aura as it looks out across the shortest part of the English Channel. On a clear day you can even see France from the battlements. Designed as both a fortress and a show of power to Henry’s enemies and friends, Dover Castle is architecturally mighty and well worth a visit.
A popular venue for wedding receptions, this breathtaking mansion house is a real delight for visitors. Designed over 300 years ago and taking nearly 100 years to complete, the castle remains the home of the Howard family. Alongside its grand history you can experience some of the marvels of the Howard family art collection, ranging from paintings and porcelain to marble columns and antique busts. If an awe inspiring day out is what you’re looking for Castle Howard is, in the words of Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Sights, ‘One of the World’s Top Ten Greatest Mansions and Grand Houses.’
This huge castle is visually magnificent, standing at up to 21m in height in places. It’s a great place to take the kids or go exploring with friends. Huge care has gone into its restoration after it fell into disrepair and as such it is a real sight to behold today. Go along and marvel at the Great Hall and portcullises or wander around the battlements and take in the surrounding water defences. Whatever you’re after from a day out, Caerphilly Castle has it all.
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