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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.

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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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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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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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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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The best stately homes in Britain

Britain has a wealth of historic buildings, many of which are used as sets for filming period dramas for film and television. Here is our pick of the best Read More »

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Castles of Britain Quiz

Try your hand at the fourth in our Great British Quiz series and test your knowledge about Britain’s castles. Read More »

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Ancient Welsh palace wins European award

The Bishop’s Palace at St Davids in Pembrokeshire celebrates success at European Conservation awards. Read More »

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Cliffe Castle Restoration

Cliffe Castle in Keighley, West Yorkshire sees a restoration of its Great Drawing Room to celebrate its 50th anniversary as a museum. BRITAIN talks to Daru Rooke, director.

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