The most beautiful castles to visit in the UK

Dec 8, 2017

Britain is home to some of the most beautiful and historic castles in the whole world. The settings where famous battles, murders, wars and much more took place, much can be learned within their mysterious walls. Here are 10 of the best to see.

1. Edinburgh Castle

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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, EH1 2NG, Adult ticket from £16.50

2. Windsor Castle

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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 SL4 1NJ,  Adult ticket from £20.50

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3. Warwick Castle

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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, CV34 6AH, Adult ticket from £26.40

4. Dunster Castle

dunster castle

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, TA24 6SL, Adult ticket from £11.00