November 17, 2022
The UK is known for having a history as rich and diverse as its landscapes. Each country is studded with unique castles and fortresses that reflect centuries of strife and peace. But with more the 4,000 strongholds to choose from, which are the best castles to visit in the UK?
Dover Castle, Southeast England
Sat atop the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, this castle has a fascinating past. Built shortly after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Dover Castle is also the site of a Roman lighthouse and medieval tunnels.
York Castle, Northeast England
Why not head to the UK’s Viking capital and explore the city's heritage from the top of this fortress? York Castle was built in 1068 by William the Conqueror, the first Norman king of England; it was built as a stronghold in his military campaign the Harrying of the North, and still stands today.
Cardiff Castle, Wales
Our penultimate Castle has over 2,000 years of history and is located in the heart of Cardiff’s city centre. Born out of a series of forts constructed by the Romans in the 1st century AD, the Castle was updated in the 11th century by the Normans who installed the Keep.
Warwick Castle, the Midlands, England
That William the Conqueror was certainly a busy chap! Warwick Castle was also built under his instruction in 1068. It was constructed on the bend of the meandering River Avon. Not only is this castle a great day out for families, but you can also sleep over in the summer.
Though our list is barely scratching the surface of the UK’s plethora of castles, we hope it’s given you an insight into some of our favourites. If you’re keen to soak up some more local history, whether online or in person, our award-winning walking tours in the UK are ideal.