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A guide to the best castles and redoubts in the United Kingdom

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  • Alnwick Castle
    on May 16, 2011
    Alnwick Castle in Northumberland is the second largest inhabited castle in England (after Windsor Castle), and has been the home of the Percys since 1309. Yves de Vescy, Baron of Alnwick, erected the first parts of the castle in about 1096 to protect...
  • The Tower of London
    on Apr 27, 2011
    In 1066, the King of England, Edward the Confessor died childless, leaving several claimants vying for his throne. Harold Godwinson, Edward’s brother-in-law, was made King of England, but William, Duke of Normandy, a distant blood relative, said he...
  • Gwrych Castle
    on Apr 21, 2011
    The impressive stone castle at Grwych in Wales, has had a very interesting past, and has been home to Normans, Roundheads, Aristocracy and middleweight boxing champion Randolph Turpin. The first castle at the site was built by the Normans in the earl...
  • Arundel Castle
    on Apr 18, 2011
    Arundel Castle in West Sussex, England is a restored medieval castle dating from the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042-1066) and was completed by Roger de Montgomery, who became the first Earl of Arundel. The castle was damaged in the English Civil...
  • Warwick Castle
    on Apr 11, 2011
    Warwick Castle is a medieval castle in Warwick, the county town of Warwickshire, England. It sits on a cliff overlooking the River Avonand was built by William the Conqueror in 1068, two years after the Battle of Hastings. It was used as a fortificat...
  • Leeds Castle
    on Apr 5, 2011
    Leeds Castle is situated five miles southeast of Maidstone, Kent, England, and was built in 1119 by by Robert de Crevecoeur. The castle and grounds lie to the east of the village of Leeds, Kent, and is a popular visitor attraction throughout the ye...
  • Dunstanburgh Castle
    on Mar 20, 2011
      Dunstanburgh Castle is the largest fortress in Northumberland and stands on a remote headland on the spectacular coastline and despite its ruinous state, it presents a formidable and imposing sight from a distance. The Earl of Lancaster began...
  • St Mawes Castle
    on Mar 15, 2011
    St Mawes Castle is one of the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all. Built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain, this fort, alon...
  • Pendennnis Castle
    on Mar 13, 2011
    Pendennis Castle is one of Henry VIII’s Device Forts, or Henrician castles, built to guard the entrance to the River Fal on its west bank, near Falmouth, Cornwall. St Mawes Castle is its opposite number on the east bank and they were built to d...
  • Walmer Castle
    on Mar 13, 2011
      Built during the reign of King Henry VIII, Walmer Castle was originally designed as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences before evolving into the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. The Duke of Wellington held t...
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