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.
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King Charles III’s homes: Royal residences

From grand palaces to country cottages, these are King Charles III’s homes across the country Words: Sandra Lawrence King Charles III’s homes: Buckingham Palace In September 2022, the United Kingdom was rocked by the passing…

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The best castles in the UK

The country’s abundance of mighty fortresses – some ruined, some palatial, some still lived in today – are an enduring  reminder of our turbulent past. Read on for the best castles in the UK that…

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Most haunted places in Britain: 10 spooky spots

Whether it’s Halloween hokum or supernatural manifestations, we find 10 of the most haunted places in Britain, with headless horsemen, screaming woods and a lady in white rising from the walls of a centuries-old castle……

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The Queen at Balmoral: Her Highland haven

On 8 September, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle, her beloved holiday home in the Highlands… Words: Sally Coffey When the Queen’s coffin left Balmoral, it passed slowly through the…

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King Edward I: The warrior king

From Flower of Chivalry to Hammer of the Scots, King Edward I had more nicknames than any other monarch, but how did he measure up to them? Words by Neil Jones The medieval chronicler Peter…

King Arthur’s Cornwall: Searching for Camelot

The timeless legends of King Arthur and his brave knights live on in the magical landscapes of North Cornwall Words by Natasha Foges Knights and dragons, warriors and wizards, swords and stones: the ancient myths…

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Edinburgh Castle history: 900 years protecting Scotland’s capital

Scotland’s biggest attraction still stands proud above its capital city 900 years after its inception

Graeme Peacock. Courtesy of The Auckland Project

The Auckland Project

Bishop Auckland, a small Northeast town with big ambitions, is fast becoming a cultural hub Bishop Auckland, County Durham, was once the playground of the second most powerful man in England. Powerful men don’t usually…

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History of Suffolk county’s architecture

The architecture of the county of Suffolk is a mix of colour and character, with timber-frame and flint, pargetting and thatched roofs, moats and chimney stacks By Jenny Woolf Scattered around the flinty-grey churches of…

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland. Credit: Philip Sharp / Alamy

Northumberland Castles

Northumberland is home to more castles than any other English county. We travel to England’s northernmost region to hear tales of theft, murder and spooky apparitions Its location close to the Scottish border has meant…