Edinburgh Castle is the most famous castle in Scotland and a symbol of the picturesque city. The journey up the hill is half the fun, with scenery that will take your breath away. Expect acres of greenery and views over Edinburgh city. The oldest part of the castle is St Margaret’s Chapel, dating back to the 12th century. Inside you will find the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the 15th-century gun Mons Meg, the One O’ Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.
Castle Hill, Edinburgh. Adult ticket from £16.50
2. Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is the oldest – over 900 years old – and largest inhabited castle in the world. It is the royal residence and the reigning Queen spends most of her private weekends and special occasions here. The grounds include several homes, a large church and the royal palace. The Castle is used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions, hosting various monarchs and presidents. St George’s Hall is used for state banquets. The setting is beautiful with a table stretching the length of the hall decorated with porcelain, and silver-gilt tableware from the Royal Collection.
Windsor, Berkshire. Adult ticket from £20.50
A very family-friendly castle, Warwick Castle has something to suit visitors of all ages. There are shows and attractions, storytelling activities, and special celebrations all year round. The kids will love exploring the Horrible Histories Maze, while teens can witness The Mighty Trebuchet catapult which projects 150ft into the air. There are also enchanting State Rooms and a Great Hall to admire. Warwick Castle allows families to experience more than 1,100 years of history in a fun and interactive way.
Warwick, Warwickshire. Adult ticket from £26.40
Dunster Castle, once the home of the Luttrell family who lived there for 600 years, is now owned by the National Trust. It sits on a steep wooded hill and has existed since Norman times. At the summit, you’ll be able to see the Bristol Channel, the Quantock hills and moors of Exmoor.
Dunster, near Minehead, Somerset. Adult ticket from £11.00
One of London’s most famous attractions and visited by millions each year, the Tower of London houses the crown jewels, which have been on public display for 350 years. It was founded by William the Conqueror in 1066 and has a rather dark history of torture, murder and executions. Three queens of England were executed at the tower, including Ann Boleyn, second wife of Henry the VIII. Traitor’s Gate is known for being the last stop for those on their way to execution. It can be found at the entrance from the River Thames. The Tower of London is a must-visit in winter, when it showcases one of the most scenic ice rinks in the world.
London. Adult ticket from £24.00