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Castles

The ancient castles that are scattered across the length and breadth of Britain are testaments to the country’s fascinating past. Some have weathered and crumbled in time, leaving ruins ready to be explored. Others stand as proud as they once did when they were first built. However, they have all witnessed some of the world’s most significant events in history, from monumental invasions and the highest of celebrations to the bloodiest of battles.

It is believed that as many as 1000 Motte and Bailey castles were built in England by the Normans in the Middle Ages.

Magna Carta Memorial

Fortnight of celebrations at Windsor Festival

Enjoy music, literature and the arts marking the signing of the Magna Carta, the anniversaries of the battles at Agincourt and Waterloo in and around the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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Wrest-Park

Top 10 August bank holiday days out

Summer bank holidays can go either way – glorious sun or endless showers – but with these wonderful events, you’re sure to have great time whatever the weather.

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Harlech Castle, Gwynedd, north Wales

Six magnificent Welsh fortresses

There are more than 600 castles in Wales – a legacy of King Edward I and his determination to subdue Welsh dissidents and keep control. Here are some of the most majestic of those historic fortresses.

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Bramall Hall

Secrets and mysteries of historic homes inspire tales

Ten writers rose to the challenge of weaving their imaginations around our built heritage creating some enthralling short stories.

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Hever Castle. Credit: Peter Scholey/Alamy

Hever Castle wins ‘Garden of the Year’ award

The gorgeous gardens of Hever Castle in Kent have been voted ‘Garden of the Year’ by Britain in Bloom…

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BRITAIN magazine

Castles you can spend the night in

From dungeons and haunted turrets, to four-poster beds and glorious spas, a stay in a British castle is a magical and mysterious experience

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Inside Britain’s Palaces

The dramatic exteriors of Britain’s royal residences shape the country’s historic landscape Read More »

Highclere Castle

The Real Downton Abbey: Highclere Castle

The Earl of Carnarvon has welcomed cameras back into his home, Highclere Castle, for a further series Read More »

Kellie Castle Scotland

Scotland’s greatest castles

Scotland is home to a host of spectacular castles. Famed for their breathtaking surroundings, they are also key to unlocking the country’s remarkable history

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Bodiam Castle

Britain’s greatest castles in pictures

Think of Britain and you will think of its magnificent castles, all unique and standing proud across the entire stretch of the country Read More »

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