English Castles

England has some fantastic castles. Here are our tips on the best castles in England.


Richmond Castle | Magnificent North Yorkshire Fortress

Richmond Castle | Magnificent North Yorkshire Fortress

(Originally posted at https://englandexplore.com/richmond-castle/) Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire towers over the prosperous market town of Richmond, and the River Swale. Here’s our guide. The castle was originally built from 1071 onwards by Alan Rufus after the Norman Conquest of England. It is referred to as a ‘castlery’ at Richmond within the 1086…

Carisbrooke Castle | Magnificent Fortress On The Isle Of Wight, England

Carisbrooke Castle | Magnificent Fortress On The Isle Of Wight, England

There are some incredible castles across the UK, and Carisbrooke Castle is one of them. Carisbrooke Castle This is a historic motte-and-bailey castle, which is situated in Carisbrooke Castle, a village close to Newport on the Isle of Wight in England. One of the most historic events that happened at…

Corfe Castle | Wild Dorset Ruin

Corfe Castle | Wild Dorset Ruin

Corfe Castle sits of one of the steepest hills in Dorset, England, overlooking the village of Corfe on the Isle of Purbeck peninsula. It nestles within a decisive gap cutting through an extended row of chalk hills, bounded by the towns of Swanage and Wareham. Where Is Corfe Castle? Corfe…

Yorkshire Castles | Great Castles In The Northern County Of Yorkshire

Yorkshire Castles | Great Castles In The Northern County Of Yorkshire

Yorkshire in northern England is a rugged county known for its warm non-nonsense people and gorgeous countryside. It has lots of treasures, from York and its Minster, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and acres of moorland which inspired the Brontes. However, it also has quite a few castles from the…

Bamburgh Castle | Magnificent Northumberland fortress

Bamburgh Castle | Magnificent Northumberland fortress

Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland is one of its largest inhabited castles, spanning over nine acres of land on its rocky plateau. Here’s our guide to this magnificent, ancient fortress… Bamburgh Castle Where Is The Castle? For almost 1,400 years, Bamburgh Castle has guarded the magnificent Northumberland coastline in the North…

Alnwick Castle | The Real Hogwarts In Northumberland

Alnwick Castle | The Real Hogwarts In Northumberland

Alnwick Castle – or the exterior of Hogwarts to Harry Potter fans – is a medieval castle in Northumberland. It is a big-time tourist attraction – especially now with wizard fans – and one of the biggest inhabited castles in England. It’s the home to the Percy family who’ve owned…

Maiden Castle

Maiden Castle

Maiden Castle in Dorset is one of the largest and most complex Iron Age hillforts in Europe – the size of 50 football pitches. Its huge multiple ramparts, mostly built in the 1st century BC, once protected hundreds of residents. When it was first built, the gleaming white chalk ramparts…

Dover Castle: Its History From William The Conqueror To The Modern Day

Dover Castle: Its History From William The Conqueror To The Modern Day

Dover Castle is one of the most iconic castles in England. It also has the distinction of being among the oldest; it was originally fortified by William the Conqueror following the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Before it was turned into a fortified castle it was a general stronghold for…

Leeds Castle, Kent

Leeds Castle, Kent

Claiming to be the “loveliest castle in the world”, Leeds Castle in Kent (and, confusingly, nowhere near the city of Leeds in Yorkshire) is one of the most famous castles in England. Appearing in the Domesday Book, Leeds Castle has been a stronghold for the Norman armies, a royal residence,…

Richmond Castle | Magnificent North Yorkshire Fortress

Richmond Castle | Magnificent North Yorkshire Fortress

(Originally posted at https://englandexplore.com/richmond-castle/) Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire towers over the prosperous market town of Richmond, and the River Swale. Here’s our guide. The castle was originally built from 1071 onwards by Alan Rufus after the Norman Conquest of England. It is…

Carisbrooke Castle | Magnificent Fortress On The Isle Of Wight, England

Carisbrooke Castle | Magnificent Fortress On The Isle Of Wight, England

There are some incredible castles across the UK, and Carisbrooke Castle is one of them. Carisbrooke Castle This is a historic motte-and-bailey castle, which is situated in Carisbrooke Castle, a village close to Newport on the Isle of Wight in…

Corfe Castle | Wild Dorset Ruin

Corfe Castle | Wild Dorset Ruin

Corfe Castle sits of one of the steepest hills in Dorset, England, overlooking the village of Corfe on the Isle of Purbeck peninsula. It nestles within a decisive gap cutting through an extended row of chalk hills, bounded by the…

Yorkshire Castles | Great Castles In The Northern County Of Yorkshire

Yorkshire Castles | Great Castles In The Northern County Of Yorkshire

Yorkshire in northern England is a rugged county known for its warm non-nonsense people and gorgeous countryside. It has lots of treasures, from York and its Minster, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and acres of moorland which inspired the Brontes.…

Bamburgh Castle | Magnificent Northumberland fortress

Bamburgh Castle | Magnificent Northumberland fortress

Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland is one of its largest inhabited castles, spanning over nine acres of land on its rocky plateau. Here’s our guide to this magnificent, ancient fortress… Bamburgh Castle Where Is The Castle? For almost 1,400 years, Bamburgh…

Alnwick Castle | The Real Hogwarts In Northumberland

Alnwick Castle | The Real Hogwarts In Northumberland

Alnwick Castle – or the exterior of Hogwarts to Harry Potter fans – is a medieval castle in Northumberland. It is a big-time tourist attraction – especially now with wizard fans – and one of the biggest inhabited castles in…

Maiden Castle

Maiden Castle

Maiden Castle in Dorset is one of the largest and most complex Iron Age hillforts in Europe – the size of 50 football pitches. Its huge multiple ramparts, mostly built in the 1st century BC, once protected hundreds of residents.…

Dover Castle: Its History From William The Conqueror To The Modern Day

Dover Castle: Its History From William The Conqueror To The Modern Day

Dover Castle is one of the most iconic castles in England. It also has the distinction of being among the oldest; it was originally fortified by William the Conqueror following the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Before it was turned…

Leeds Castle, Kent

Leeds Castle, Kent

Claiming to be the “loveliest castle in the world”, Leeds Castle in Kent (and, confusingly, nowhere near the city of Leeds in Yorkshire) is one of the most famous castles in England. Appearing in the Domesday Book, Leeds Castle has…