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.

Blenheim Palace

Top 25 Halloween happenings in Britain 2015

Halloween has more of a British heritage than you might think. Here, we round up some of Britain’s best Halloween events for 2015…

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Carriages on the Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle. Credit: 4Corners Images

Don’t miss the latest issue of BRITAIN magazine

For this issue we’ve toured the British Isles to bring you 25 of our most spectacular stately homes, as well as historic Cotswold inns to snuggle up in this winter, the story of the Lost Tudor Princess and an exploration of beautiful Royal Berkshire.

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Ludlow Castle in Shropshire was Edward's childhood home. Credit: VisitBritain/Britain on View

Edward IV: the first Yorkist king

Jeffrey James, author of new book Edward IV: Glorious Son of York, introduces the charismatic older brother of King Richard III, a key figure in the Wars of the Roses.
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Highclere Castle. Credit: Tony Harris/PA Pics

Life inside the real Downton Abbey

Listen to audio extracts from our exclusive chat with Lady Carnarvon, mistress of Highclere Castle – setting of everyone’s favourite period drama, Downton Abbey

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Colourful autumn landscape around Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall. Credit: Simon Kitchin

Spectacular photos of North Wales

The castles, mountains, beaches, lighthouses and waterfalls of North Wales, including its five UNESCO World Heritage sites, have been captured by photographer Simon Kitchin in his new book.

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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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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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