1,000 years of history await visitors to the picturesque Arundel Castle in West Sussex. Visitors can enjoy the 11th century keep, paintings, tapestries, furnishings, stained glass, china and clocks, sculpture and carving, and armour in stunning room settings. Outside, admire the award winning Collector Earl’s Garden. Events include medieval days, have-a-go archery and fencing and jousting.
Tel: 01903 882173
Alnwick Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in England, home to the Percy family for over 700 years. Discover sumptuous State Rooms fi lled with a stunning array of art and furniture, including work by Canaletto, Titian and Van Dyck. Meet the knowledgeable guides and join a tour to fi nd out about the Castle’s fascinating history, architecture and starring fi lm roles.
Tel: 01665 511350
Built in 1544, the castle was part of a series of fortifi cations constructed by Henry VIII along the south coast of England in case of invasion. The innovative design of its walls used ‘angled bastions’ projecting outwards for better all-round defence. The castle’s defences were regularly modernised until it left military service in the 1960s. Today its displays include many cannons.
Tel: 02392 827261
A genuine 14th century castle hotel, with 4 stars and 2 AA Rosette restaurant. Sumptuous rooms with private facilities, some boasting four poster-beds, sauna & window seats set into 7 foot thick walls. The exclusive nature of the Castle, makes Langley the perfect destination to discover Hadrian’s Wall and Northumberland.
Tel: 01434 688888
Sandal Castle has spectacular views of the Calder Valley. During the Wars of the Roses the Battle of Wakefield took place within an arrow’s shot of the castle. The remains of the Great Hall, now known as the Sandal Arches, form the most famous image of the Castle.
Tel: 01924 249779
Founded by William I, Guildford Castle was used as a castle and royal palace by medieval Kings. Visit the Great Tower and learn about its history. Then head to the top to see a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford and walk the ruins in the lovely Castle Grounds. Open daily April to September from 10am to 5pm; weekends in March and October from 11am to 4pm.
Tel: 01483 444751
Highcliff e Castle is a Grade I Listed mansion set in cliff top grounds overlooking Christchurch Bay. Although it no longer possesses it’s original rich interiors, the Castle now houses a Heritage Centre, Gift Shop, Tearooms, exhibitions and events. The Castle is open daily from 1st February to 23rd December from 11am to 5pm.
Tel: 01425 278807
Come and explore the Digby stately home built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594. See magnifi cent staterooms, a Tudor kitchen, relics from the civil war and archaeological treasures on view in the castle’s cellars. Enjoy delightful walks through one of the fi nest ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes you will see, surrounding the 50-acre lake.
Tel: 01935 812072
A visit to the stunning, award winning Tamworth Castle off ers a rare opportunity to see how the Saxons, Normans, Tudors and Victorians shaped the history of this breathtakingly complete building. Enjoy living history, live re-enactments, and activities for all the family including evening events and outdoor key date celebrations in the wonderfully landscaped grounds.
Tel: 01827 709626/629
Pontefract Castle at its height was regarded as one of the most important castles in the north of England. Edward I described it as the “key to the north”, Richard II died there and Oliver Cromwell took personal charge of its downfall. Why not explore the historic ruins for yourself?
Tel: 01977 723440
The Peak District’s Haddon Hall has welcomed visitors for centuries, its beauty and atmosphere continuing to enchant. Sitting like a jewel in Elizabethan terraced gardens, Haddon has played host to films including three versions of Jane Eyre – fans can relive the romance in a special costume exhibition from 28 July to 2 September.
Tel: 01629 812855
One of the country’s fi nest medieval castles, Raby has a history reaching back over 700 years. It was formerly the seat of the Nevills and has been home to Lord Barnard’s family since 1626. Raby houses a fabulous art collection and sumptuous interiors and is situated amidst a 200 - acre Deerpark in the beautiful Durham Dales.
Tel: 01833 660202