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Six British Castles Visited

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Colchester Castle (Roman)

Colchester Castle (Roman)

Featured Castles

The castles featured here are not necessarily the top half dozen castles in Britain, and they are just a few of the castles we’ve visited on our holidays in England and Wales; but they are amongst some of our favourite castles visited. Largely, for a number of these castle, either because they hold regular medical festivals and or are living museums giving a glimpse into the past.

A Link To The Past

Across England, as with most of Europe, there are castles in just about every city and town dating from Roman times such as Colchester castle, to 19th Century Victorian follies like Cardiff Castle. And if you include the full size castle at LEGOLAND, then modern castles too.

Castles with Medieval Festivals and Living Museums

Many of these castles are in disrepair while others have been restored to their former glory. A number of them, not just in England but France and no doubt other parts of Europe, regularly host medieval festivals and events. And some, like Mountfitchet castle, are permanent living museums with live animals roaming the castle grounds that are appropriate to the time period.

In this article is a small sample of some of the great castles we've visited during our holidays and day trips around Britain.

Location of British Castle in This Article

Mountfitchet Castle 1066

A Living Museum Portraying an Early Wooden Norman Castle

My Favourite has to be Mountfitchet Castle situated in the village of Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex. With a prominent position overlooking the Stort Valley, Mountfitchet Castle is located on its original site. Rich in history this site was originally an Iron Age hill fort, then it became a Roman signals fort and later a Saxon and Viking settlement before being attacked in 1066 by William the Conqueror army who built a wooden motte (an enditched mound) and bailey castle.

As with any invading army occupying new lands speed is of the essence so during the early days of the Norman Conquest initially wooden motte constructions were by far the quickest means of settlement defences. As the Normans gained a foothold as an occupying force it wasn't long before they started to build the traditional and more familiar stone Castles, with stone wall defences, throughout England.

Mountfitchet Castle is an historically accurate reconstruction of one of the early wooden Norman castle, which enables visitor to travel back in time to the Norman occupied England of 1066. Visitors can explore the Castle, roam through the Norman Village behind the castle walls and explore the houses; smell the log fires burning and experience the ambience of an ancient bygone lifestyle.

A Living Museum, giving visitors the opportunity to mingle with the animals that roam freely throughout the castle grounds, as they would have done all those centuries ago, thereby giving you an experience of a living, hands-on and interactive experience.

Mountfitchet Castle

Mountfitchet Castle

Warwick Castle

Norman Castle Where Medieval Events Are Regularly Held

By keeping an eye on local events we ensured that each of our two day trips to Warwick castle were on weekends when Medieval events were held in the castle grounds; which makes for a far more enjoyable and memorable day out. A day trip we thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone.

Warwick Castle is a medieval 'shell keep castle' in Warwick, Warwickshire, England; a 'Shell Keep Castle' being the successors to motte-and-bailey castles. The castle, situated on a cliff overlooking a bend in the River Avon, was built in 1068 by William the Conqueror in the vicinity of the Anglo-Saxon burh of Warwick. A Burh being 'Old English' for a fortified dwelling Place,which were commonly used by Alfred the Great (The Saxon King of Wessex) in the 9th century to defend against regular Viking raiding parties.

Warwick castle was used as a fortification until the early 17th century, when Sir Fulke Greville converted it to a country house. It was then owned by the Greville family, who became earls of Warwick in 1759, until 1978.

Medieval festivals, banquets and a host of other events are regularly held in the castle and grounds. Visit the official Warwick Castle website for more information.

Warwick Castle

Wars of the Roses Re-enactment at Warwick Castle

Trebuchet Live Demonstration at Warwick Castle

Berkeley Castle

Civil War Re-Enactment of 1645

This is another castle we've visited on several occasions, the last couple of times being on the same day as the English civil war re-enactments; with one of the re-enactments playing out the events as they occurred at Berkeley castle in 1645. Organising our day trip to Berkeley Castle for the same day as the re-enactments make the day rather special and a day trip I would recommend to anyone.

Berkeley Castle has been lived in by the same family for over 900 years. It's where Edward II was murdered, where the Barons of the West gathered before Magna Carta and where Queen Elizabeth I hunted and played bowls. It also played an active role in the English civil war of 1642-1651, and the grounds for the re-enactment of the Berkeley castle civil war of 1645.

With the defeat of Lord Goring at the battle of Langport and the capture of Bristol from Prince Rupert, the south-west of England was effectively closed to the King from mid-September 1645. In order to secure his position before advancing to complete the conquest of the west, General Fairfax sent Colonel Rainsborough to besiege Berkeley Castle, the only Royalist stronghold between Bristol and Gloucester. Rainsborough stormed and captured Berkeley after a three-day bombardment on 25 September 1645. Meanwhile, Lieutenant-General Cromwell marched with 2,000 horse, three regiments of foot and a formidable artillery train to clear remaining Royalist strongholds threatening the road between Bristol and London.

Medieval Festival and 18th Century Battle Re-enactment at Berkeley Castle

Re-enactment of the English civil war at Berkeley castle in 1645

Mock Battle of Nibley Green, Gloucestershire, England in 1469

Lulworth Castle and Grounds

With The Knights of Lulworth and Their Horses Impossible

Lulworth Castle is another English castle we visited on the day of medieval events in the grounds of the castle; being able to watch medieval craftsmen at work, the jousting and the impressive display by the Horses Impossible team made for another great day out visiting English Castles. Unlike Mountfitchet castle, Warwick castle and Berkeley castle all of which worthy to visit even if its on a weekend when there are no events I felt that without the medieval event at Lulworth castle the castle itself wouldn’t be such a great place to visit unless you happened to be passing through the area at the time and wanted to spend just a few leisurely hours to see the castle and castle museum as a short break from your journey.

Lulworth Castle is an early 17th-century hunting lodge, originally built to attract James I to hunt in the Isle of Purbeck. In 1929 the castle was gutted by fire but years later it was restored and today is open to the public. The grounds which houses a living museum of farm animals has also been home to 'Horses Impossible by Impossible Horses' who as the Knights of Lulworth put on a very impressive jousting display for the castle's visitors.

Lulworth Castle

Lulworth Castle

Cardiff Castle in South Wales

Cardiff Castle being just across the border from England (On the other side of the River Severn) and only an hour’s drive from Bristol I’ve visited a few times over the years, and it always for an enjoyable day out. The main castle itself is a Victorian Folly but in the centre of the castle grounds is the remains of the original Norman castle, and under Cardiff castle a very fine Roman Wall with sculptured statues along its full length has been excavated and is open to the public.

Conwy Castle in North Wales

Conwy Castle is spectacular, a lot bigger than Cardiff castle and as you will see from the videos a lot more to see although being in North Wales isn’t an easy journey for us so we’ve only had the opportunity to make the one visit.

Other British Castles and Medieval Events

The picture above is Castle Green, Bristol, the site where Bristol Castle once stood. Bristol Castle was originally a timber motte and bailey castle built by the Normans shortly after their conquest of England in 1066 but by the beginning of the 12 century had been rebuilt as a substantial Norman stone castle which was extended and had extensive use for the next few centuries until by 1540 when it was showing signs of neglect.

However, a century later when the English civil war broke out Bristol castle was partly restored by the city who sided with the Parliamentarians (Roundheads) against King Charles I and the Royalists. In spite of the restoration of the castles defences Bristol city fell to the Royalists in ensuing battles and the castle was then occupied by them it until the end of the civil war; after which Oliver Cromwell ordered its destruction and it was demolished in 1656.

Not all British Castles are Living Museums or run medieval events and not all Medieval events are run on the site of old castles. Other English and Welsh castles I’ve visited over the years where there’s been no such events but nevertheless the visit (in most cases) have been worthwhile, making for a great day include Cardiff Castle in South Wales, Conwy Castle in North Wales, Colchester Castle and Hedingham Castle in Essex. We also made a brief visit to a Kent Castle as we were passing but being a small castle didn’t take long to explore.

On our day trip to Legoland in Windsor we were tempted to also squeeze in time to visit Windsor Castle (which is big) but was put off by the high entrance fee, long queues and being Guided Tours only; when we visit a castle we like to meander around the castle and grounds at our own pace, for at least part of visit rather than be rushed through on a guided tour only. Most British Castles, if they are not in ruins, either have parts of the castle fully open to the public to wander at their own pace with guided tours to select areas or are fully open to the public to wander as you please.

Although we didn’t visit Windsor Castle itself on our day trip visit to Legoland in Windsor we were pleased to see a lego model of Edinburgh Castle and rather amused to see a full size replica of a castle.

We use to visit Harwich, Essex regularly to visit relatives and on one such visit had an enjoyable day when the town ran an open air Medieval Harvest Festival, as shown in the pictures below. Although not on the site of a castle and not a regular event Harwich does have a redoubt (small round fort) which we visited once years ago; long before the days of digital photography so unfortunately I don’t currently have any photos of it.

Castle Green, Bristol; site of where Bristol Castle once stood

Castle Green, Bristol; site of where Bristol Castle once stood

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

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Guest Book - Your Favourite castle

Robert Sacchi on February 05, 2019:

Manners are taught but the term "Ps & Qs" may be out of date here.

Arthur Russ (author) from England on February 05, 2019:

Thanks for that piece of history. Yes the British say “Please”, and “Thank You”, and “Sorry” as an automatic reflex e.g. if you accidently bump into someone in the High Street as the two of you try to go through a shop door at the same time, they’ll say “sorry”, without thinking about it; even if it’s not their fault.

When I was at primary school, one of the first things we were taught was “Mind your Ps and Qs” (mind your manners) e.g. always say “please and thank you”. Was Ps & Qs taught in American schools?

Robert Sacchi on February 04, 2019:

Thank you. During the Battle of the Bulge one of the German infiltrators got caught by saying, "Petrol please." The author pointed out Americans say "gas" and never say "please" when they are in a hurry.

Arthur Russ (author) from England on February 04, 2019:

Yep, we do actually use the term convertible.

Although other vehicle terminology where British and American English differs is included in the list below; some you already know, and I’m sure there are other words not included here.

Left = British English, and Right = American English:-

• Bonnet = Hood

• Boot = Trunk

• Crocodile clip = Alligator clip

• Earth = Ground

• Estate = Station Wagon

• Gearbox = Transmission

• Gear stick = Gear shift

• Lorry = Truck

• Paraffin = Kerosene

• Petrol Tank = Gas Tank

• Prop shaft = Drive shaft

• Saloon = Sedan

• Silencer = Muffler

• Sill = Rocker Panel

• Spanner = Wrench

• Sump = Oil pan

• Top gear = high gear

• Torch = Flashlight

• Tyre = Tire

• Wheel nut = Lug nut

• Windscreen = windshield

• Wing = Fender

Robert Sacchi on February 03, 2019:

Language question, do you use the term convertible, in reference to a car that can put the top down?

Arthur Russ (author) from England on February 03, 2019:

With over 140,000 miles of public footpaths, Britain is rather unique in that the public have almost complete freedom to roam across just about every part of the British landscape; regardless to whether it crosses private land or not.

Consequently, with the beauty of the English Countryside, 77% of British people walk (Ramble) for pleasure; and Rambling is Britain’s most popular outdoor activity.

It’s wasn’t always like that. Back in the Victorian period landowners used to put up signs to keep people out, and prosecute people who trespassed on private land; and even set mantraps for trespassers. A mantrap being a metal device with steel springs armed with teeth that would snare the trespassers foot.

So although not quite on the same level as the risk of being shot, as in America, it was a deterrent. But all that changed in the 1900s when people voted with their feet e.g. campaigns of organised groups across Britain of thousands of people walking across private land in protest to assert their ancient rights of way; which frequently led to clashes between game keepers and walkers.

In 1935 the various campaign groups across Britain came together to form the Ramblers Association, whose campaign eventually led to the Public Rights of Way across private land being enshrined in the 2000 Act of Parliament. All known Public Rights of Way are now definitively marked on maps, and under the Law, the Ramblers Association has until 2026 to identify any further, yet to be discovered ancient rights of ways, for inclusion as legally protected ‘Rights of Way’.

This video explains all in some detail:-

The History of the Ramblers Association: https://youtu.be/13A5BISqgj0

I guess it’s another example of the effectiveness of ‘People Power’ in the UK.

Robert Sacchi on February 02, 2019:

In America the rules vary so it's best not to trespass on private property. There are some rules that allow people to walk through private property. Besides the risk of arrest in some areas there is the risk of being shot. Those laws vary from state to state.

Arthur Russ (author) from England on February 02, 2019:

Thanks for your clarity of ‘sidewalks’. True, a path can be anywhere, and it doesn’t have to be paved. In Britain the full terminology for a paved path is ‘pavement’, but it’s too long winded so people often just say ‘path’. Which type of path is inferred from the context of the sentence, and if a distinction is required then pavement can be used for a ‘paved path’ and ‘footpath’ for any other type of path.

This video may be of interest to you e.g. the ‘Legal Public Rights of Way in England’:-

Hiking England's Public Footpaths: https://youtu.be/mdOpg7sZB4g

Under Medieval Common Law, reinforced by the Labour Government in 2000 in an Act of Parliament; people have a legal public right of way to use any footpath that appears on any old or historic maps, even if these paths cross ‘Private Land’; so it really does open up the British Countryside to the British Public, and tourists alike.

Robert Sacchi on February 01, 2019:

In America we use both Autumn and Fall. Sneakers may have derived from the idea of soft soles, quiet shoes so you can sneak around. Sidewalk is a more specific term. It's a paved area on the side of a street. A path can be anywhere and it doesn't have to be paved.

Arthur Russ (author) from England on February 01, 2019:

Thanks for the clarification Robert. Although the ‘H’ is pronounced across most of the UK (especially in the South East); in the West Country Accents (like southern States in America) we also drop the ‘H’ at the beginning of words e.g. ‘ouse instead of house, ome instead of home, ‘uman instead of human etc.

The other letter dropped (silent) in the Bristolian accent is ‘t’ in the middle of words; so that butter and water becomes bu’er and wa’er etc. And Bristolians also put ‘L’s on the end of words like ‘idea’ so it becomes ‘ideal’, and area in Bristolian is pronounced ‘areal’, so that it sounds like aerial.

Like your ‘oil’ and ‘all’ down south in America, in Bristol the Bristolians say ‘Wells’, ‘Wales’ and ‘Whales’ all the same, so you can only know which word is being used dependent on context of the sentence. Wells is a city in England 22 miles north of Bristol, and Wales (the country) is just 21 miles west of Bristol.

The biggest language confusion I have when talking with Americans is the distinction between chips and crisps:-

Chips (British English) = ‘Fries’ (American English)

Crisps (British English) = ‘Chips’ (American English)

It’s seems amazing that there are 100’s of words that are so different between the two languages; just to name a few more common examples (the tip of the iceberg):-

Bonnet (British English) = Hood (American English)

Boot (British English) = Trunk (American English)

Lift (British English) = Elevator (American English)

Path (British English) = Sidewalk (American English)

Flat (British English) = Apartment (American English)

Autumn (British English) = Fall (American English)

Trousers (British English) = Pants (American English)

Pants (British English) = Underwear (American English)

From the list of 10 American words that confuse the Brits in the previous video; #8 Trainers (Sneakers in American English), although a universally recognised word throughout the UK; in Bristolian the word for Trainers is daps, and in the Kentish dialect (South East England) the word for Trainers is Plimsolls; just to confuse matters!

Robert Sacchi on January 31, 2019:

In the 10 American words the narrator pronounced "herb" with the "h" in American English the "h" is silent. There was a "Candid Camera" bit where they had people down south explain the difference between "oil" and "all". They sound the same.

In America "thick" is also used meaning stupid, "Period" also means "menstruation". When Americans use "period" as the narrator described it. The context is "end of sentence".

Arthur Russ (author) from England on January 31, 2019:

Cool. Yep that’s the nature of ‘living languages’, they constantly evolve and diverge. The difference between American English and British English gives no end of misunderstanding when I regularly correspond with an American friend; I’m forever having to use Google to translate some of the American words he uses, and conversely have to spend time trying find ways to explain British English words to him in a way that doesn’t cause him any undue misunderstanding of what I’m trying to say.

Only last week, my American friend used a 5 letter word beginning with ‘F’ to describe backside; which in British English, the word refers to a different part of the anatomy (specific to women), and is rather crude.

For Example:-

10 American Words That Completely Confuse Brits! https://youtu.be/Yhm4qTTjg9M

NEVER say these EVERYDAY American words in the UK! https://youtu.be/koAHoIwqWig?t=120

Robert Sacchi on January 30, 2019:

In the '80s Armed Forces Radio and Television in Korea would run segments called "Talk Tips" where they would teach a phrase in Korean. In 1986 one of the radio announcers was leaving so on her last night they spoofed "Talk Tips" by having segments where they would tell how to say certain phrases in a different part of America. The segment would end by saying "be sure to kill the English language with a regional accent of your choice."

Arthur Russ (author) from England on January 30, 2019:

Certainly ‘Cultural Diversity’, something the Brits are proud of.

Although compared to the USA the UK is a small island, in England alone there’s well over 30 different regional accents and dialects.

Then when you include the various languages across Scotland, Ireland and Wales it gets very diverse.

London alone currently has three distinct dialects: Cockney, Estuary, and MLE (Multicultural London English). The RP (Received Pronunciation) English, spoken by the BBC and the Queen is only actually used by 2% of the British population.

Languages of the British Isles: https://youtu.be/ODeYttUY4VI

The dialect in Bristol (where I live) is Bristolian, similar to the West Country accents e.g. Somerset, but with distinct differences. For example, common Bristolian phrases ’Ark at ee’ means ‘look at him’; and ‘Gert’ means ‘big’; and

In Bristolian “Thees Got’n Wur Thee Casn’t Back’n, Asn’t?

Translated from Bristolian to English, means

“You’ve got it where you can’t back it out, haven’t you?”

Adge cutler & The wurzels (Famous Bristolian Song) Thee's Got'n Where Thee Cassn't Back'n, Hassn't: https://youtu.be/AnKjwOLiBTg

My favourite British language is Welsh; e.g. Wales is officially a bilingual country with Welsh being the Primary Language.

Robert Sacchi on January 29, 2019:

It seems in the UK there is a big push for more autonomy or groups within the UK.

Arthur Russ (author) from England on January 29, 2019:

Yep, Boudicca was the Queen of the Iceni tribe under Romanised Britain. She inherited the title when her husband died. But unlike the Celts who gave equal rights to men and women, in the Roman's culture woman were 2nd class citizens.

Therefore, when Boudicca’s husband died the Roman Authorities annexed her kingdom. So in an act of defiance, Boudicca led her and other tribes in revolt, and in revenge burnt Londinium (London) to the ground; Londinium being the capital of the Roman Empire in England.

The only part of England that wasn’t fully occupied by the Romans was Cornwall, they like the Welsh, Irish, and Scottish Celts resisted the Roman invasion. In fact Cornwall was never fully conquered by any invading forces in the centuries that followed e.g. the Angle Saxons and the Normans; and over the millennia retained their Celtic culture. Consequently, after a 15 year campaign by the Cornish people they were finally granted ‘minority status’ in 2014.

The Celtic word for Cornwall is Kernow.

This video in 2012 was made as part of Cornish (Kernow) campaign for minority status:- https://youtu.be/-nN9I_7djgo

And this video in 2014 is when the British Government granted minority status to the Cornish (Celtic) people:- https://youtu.be/vmzA8v3H5nw

Robert Sacchi on January 27, 2019:

Fantastic! I remember Londinium was burnt to the ground during a famous uprising against Roman rule.

Arthur Russ (author) from England on January 27, 2019:

Yes, as you said; the blitz on London revealed the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Londinium underneath the modern city; which was then thoroughly excavated over a decade before the site was redeveloped. The Museum of London gives more details on this: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/discover/paterno...

Likewise, the old Roman city of Bath is 30ft below the modern city; but Bath escaped the blitz because Bristol (just 15 miles away) was the target by German bombers. So the old Roman Bath city remain undisturbed; except for the famous Roman Baths (public bathing pool, naturally heated from hot spring water), which was rediscovered in 1879, and today is part of a museum.

The Roman Baths of Bath, England: https://youtu.be/96zyDhoXMw0

Yep, it is amazing to visit these castles; everyone does have a story to tell, regardless to whether it’s fully restored or just ruins. The oldest fortification in the UK we’ve visited was Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort in Wales built about 2,800 years ago e.g. mud huts village on a hill top defended by steep embankments and a wooden wall.

The reconstruction of the village, each hut built where the original once stood, isn’t much to see; but it tells a story. Our visit to the fortified village while on holiday in Wales in the video below:-

Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort, Pembrokeshire, Wales: https://youtu.be/W5_0HDOGiqI

Robert Sacchi on January 26, 2019:

I read once the blitz uncovered many Roman ruins. A bad way to get an archeological find.

It has to be amazing to visit these castles, or what is left of them. Each one has a story.

Arthur Russ (author) from England on January 26, 2019:

Thanks Robert, wherever we go in England and France on holidays and day trips there are almost always castles, or castle ruins, nearby; and we try to visit as many of them as we can, time permitting.

Even Bristol (where I live) had its own castle once, but all that remains today of the city’s medieval fortification is just one of the entrance gates of the city wall e.g. in medieval times it was common for cities to be walled in as part of their defence.

The site where Bristol castle once stood (Castle Park) is now occupied by the preserved ruins of a church that was bombed in the blitz during the 2nd world war; the church ruins kept as a reminder of the horrors of war; all other buildings (mostly shops) that stood on what is now Castle Park were flattened by the bombs, and after the war the area was turned into a city Park.

Castle Park adjoins Bristol Bridge, the site of the original bridge of Bristol (built in the 10th century) from which the city gets its name e.g. Brycgstow, the Saxon word for ‘Bridge Place’.

Ruins of St Peter's Church in Castle Park – Bristol https://youtu.be/x7aLToJdrhA

Bristol Blitz: https://youtu.be/vIVaXQu5LUI

Robert Sacchi on January 24, 2019:

Great videos. I'm really impressed at how well maintained these castles are. The videos give an extensive look at these castles.

Thanks for reading my short story.

Arthur Russ (author) from England on January 24, 2019:

Thanks for your query Robert. Just England and Wales in the UK; I haven’t been to Scotland since I’ve been married and we’ve only visited Ireland once so far; we spend most of our holidays in France and Belgium.

Although below are links to short videos I made of a couple of castles not featured above; of which Carew Castle, Wales, might be of some interest you e.g. reference to your short story ‘Return to the Castle Ruins’ of a castle ruin in Ireland.

• Carew Castle Ruin, Pembrokeshire, West Wales: - https://youtu.be/1BrDeZ9VCww

• Deal Castle c1540, Kent, England: https://youtu.be/n1U6eAgmSv8

Robert Sacchi on January 21, 2019:

Thank you for the view of some of the English castles. Have you visited castles in other parts of the UK?

Arthur Russ (author) from England on October 23, 2014:

Thanks Carol, checked and all photos should now be ok.

Carol Houle from Montreal on October 19, 2014:

No castles on this side of the Atlantic, but plenty of old ports and forts. Check one of your castle photo is missing :~)

TiffanyHuggins on June 25, 2013:

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Terry Lomax from Rep. of Ireland on March 05, 2013:

Great lens, I am English and moved to the Rep. of Ireland in March 2010. I have visited some English, Welsh and Scottish castles over the years, always very enjoyable. There are also a good number of castles in Ireland, and one of the best to visit that I have seen is Blarney Castle, because you can walk around so much of the interior.

anonymous on March 01, 2013:

Peeking back in and loving this wonder!

Deborah Swain from Rome, Italy on February 23, 2013:

My sister lives near Cardiff so I visit lots of castles when I'm over in the UK! Wonderful lens...BLESSED!

C A Chancellor from US/TN on October 08, 2012:

I loved going to castles when I visited Europe.

anonymous on September 08, 2012:

I have yet to go to tour a castle, but I could read about their rich heritage and look at pictures all day long. - Blessed!

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on February 14, 2012:

Great information about these English castles with museums and enactments that are open to the public.

Paul from Montreal on November 24, 2011:

I loved visiting castles when I was in the UK, blessed!

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on November 18, 2011:

I love castles, and Warwick Castle is a spectacular one to visit. The closest to where we live is Corfe Castle, not far from Lulworth Castle. I also love Bamburgh, an impressive castle up on the Northumbrian coast, would love to go back there one day.

Michey LM on November 06, 2011:

England is a museum in itself, so I always enjoy reading, seeing, traveling and find more info.

Love this lens

andreaberrios lm on November 06, 2011:

What a beautiful lens. I really enjoy watching the castles on TV. I've never been to one but love too. Blessed*

KimGiancaterino on July 27, 2009:

You've been blessed by a Squid Angel, and this lens was included in Another Day of One Hundred Squid Angel Blessings.

religions7 on June 02, 2009:

Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

Arthur Russ (author) from England on March 15, 2009:

Yes, I've been to Herstmonceux Castle, years ago. I don't have any photos of it, although I'll do some research and see what I can do about adding it here.[in reply to dc64]

dc64 lm on March 15, 2009:

Great lens from a castle lover! I love medieval history, and the festivals are like going back in time. Awesome. What about including "England's Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle" in Sussex? Gotta lensroll this...

Arthur Russ (author) from England on March 11, 2009:

Yes I take great care to use my own photos and text when possible; and on occasion I might use other persons material I always take great care to get their consent and credit them as appropriate.[in reply to Robin_Forlonge_Patterson]

Robin Forlonge Patterson from New Zealand on March 11, 2009:

Two castles on your lens were unknown to me, so I'm not likely to be a great source!! My first-hand experience of castles is limited, as I've never been out of New Zealand.

Dunedin has two:

(1) Larnach's, on the Otago Peninsula, built by an MP who eventually took his own life in Parliament House

(2) Cargill's, on cliffs near the St Clair Golf Course; barely a castle, but its name is famous in Dunedin as that of an early leader of the Presbyterians who were the first significant group of European settlers, away back in 1848, only four years after the birth of my first NZ-born ancestor (in Wellington - established in 1840).

One of my ancestors has reputed links to Farleigh Castle.

I'm sure your images (if they are GFDL-compatible) and text would be more than welcome on the appropriate county or town page on the Genealogy Wikia.

Readers who have their own material of that sort are urged to check my introductory lens

Arthur Russ (author) from England on January 25, 2009:

Any castles you can recommend please tell us about them here.