List of Castles in the United Kingdom

Find our list of castles below and explore our list of castles in england,wales and scotland....The United Kingdom is full of historical medieval castles to visit explore. Some are very famous and easy to find, while others lie almost unknown. We are continuing to develop our comprehensive castles of the uk sightseeing guide, but see below for our current list of castles and use our contact page to suggest any castles to add to our sightseeing guide.

  • Warwick Castle
Visit Warwick and One of Britain's greatest Medieval experiences at Warwick Castle. From a Mediaeval household in the Kingmaker exhibition to a Victorian 'Royal Weekend Party'. Kingmaker feasts and Highwayman Suppers most Fridays and Saturdays. The History of the site of Warwick Castle dates back to antiquity. Its bloody history is steeped in treachery, murder, mystery and intrigue. Almost a thousand years has passed in the life of Warwick Castle. This life has seen a transition from medieval castle to almost a theme park. It is one of the best examples of an English stately home, competing against its new incarnation as a major tourist attraction.

    Warwick Castle (Warwick)

    Warwick Castle Visit Warwick and One of Britain's greatest Medieval experiences at Warwick Castle. From a Mediaeval household ...

  • Arundel Castle
The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle has been open to visitors seasonally for nearly 200 years. It is one of the great treasure houses of England, each having its own unique place in history and is home to priceless works of art. Come and see paintings and furniture, tapestries and stained glass, china and clocks, sculpture and carving, heraldry and armour in stunning room settings.

    Arundel Castle (West Sussex)

    Arundel Castle The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and ...

  • Elizabeth Castle
Built on an islet in St Aubins Bay,defended Jersey for more than 300 years. The castle today houses three permanent exhibitions; War and Peace, which tells the story of the garrison, Granite and Gunpowder tracing the development of the cannon and the story of the Jersey Militia. Time your visit to include the noonday call to arms by Gunner Gilman which is followed by the firing of the castle cannon. Take the amphibious ferry, at high or low tide, across from West Park slip to the castle daily throughout the summer season.

    Elizabeth Castle (St. Helier)

    Elizabeth Castle Built on an islet in St Aubins Bay,defended Jersey for more than 300 years. The castle ...

  • Mont Orgueil Castle
History comes to life at Mont Orgueil Castle, which for 600 years protected Jersey against French invasion. Explore the network of staircases, towers and rooms to discover hidden treasures.  Mont Orgueil Castle is a wonderful place to visit, every time you vist you'll discover a staircase you've not seen before opening up into a room where you'll find something new.  Climb the turrets to find the medieval ‘wheel of urine’, and descend into the basement to experience the 'witchcraft' exhibit. Life-size wooden soldiers guard the castle from attack and 'the wounded man' statue shows the fate that could befall those fighting to save the castle from invasion.      Let the Living History ...

    Mont Orgueil Castle

    Mont Orgueil Castle History comes to life at Mont Orgueil Castle, which for 600 years protected Jersey against ...

  • Caerphilly Castle
Caerphilly Castle is one of the great medieval castles of western Europe.  One of the largest medieval fortresses in Britain, begun in 1268 by the Anglo-Norman marcher lord, Gilbert de Clare. Concentrically planned, the rings of stone and water defences are formidable even today. Famous for its 'leaning tower' and the Impressive great hall.

    Caerphilly Castle (Cardiff, South Wales)

    Caerphilly Castle Caerphilly Castle is one of the great medieval castles of western Europe. One of the ...

  • Camber Castle
Camber Castle is the ruins of an unusually unaltered artillery fort, built by Henry VIII  to guard the port of Rye. There are monthly guided walks round Rye  Harbour Nature Reserve, including the castle.  The castle has undergone restoration and conservation works to maintain  its glorious image.
The castle is opened on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (2−5pm) in July,  August and September (plus afternoons of bank holiday weekends  March-Sept).

    Camber Castle (Rye, East Sussex)

    Camber Castle Camber Castle is the ruins of an unusually unaltered artillery fort, built by Henry VIII ...

  • Leeds Castle
Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, a visit to Leeds Castle in the garden of England is full of discovery. Open all year round, its special blend of heritage and history, glorious gardens, attractions, programme of events, and licensed restaurant make it the perfect choice for a day out.  The castle as it stands today is the result of over 900 years of alterations and changes. It has Norman foundations; a mediaeval gatehouse; the Gloriette, built by Edward I and updated in Henry VIII’s times; a Tudor tower; and a 19th century country house - all of which were substantially refurbished in the 20th century.

    Leeds Castle (Kent, Southern England)

    Leeds Castle Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, a visit to Leeds Castle in the garden of ...

  • Southsea Castle
Southsea Castle was one in a series of forts constructed for King                Henry VIII, in what was the most ambitious scheme of  coastal defence                since Roman times.  The castle houses a small museum, spread over several floors of the keep  and the rooftop of the keep provides excellent views across the Solent.
The castle was built in great haste in 1544, prompted by  Henry                VIII's fears of a French attack on Portsmouth. ...

    Southsea Castle (Southsea, Portsmouth)

    Southsea Castle Southsea Castle was one in a series of forts constructed for King ...

  • Portchester Castle
Portchester Castle's commanding location has made it a major factor in  the Solent's defences for hundreds of years.The most impressive  and best- preserved of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' forts, Portchester Castle  was originally built in the late 3rd century. Covering an area of  nearly ten acres, it is the only Roman stronghold in northern Europe  whose walls still mainly stand to their full 6 metre height, complete  with most of their originally twenty towers. Subsequently housing a  Saxon settlement, the huge waterside fortress became a Norman castle in  the 12th century, when a formidable tower-keep was built in one corner.

    Portchester Castle (Hampshire, Porchester)

    Portchester Castle Portchester Castle's commanding location has made it a major factor in the Solent's defences for ...

  • Dover Castle
Enjoy great family days out in the South East with a visit to Dover Castle! Spectacularly situated above the White Cliffs on the Kent coastline this magnificent castle boasts a fascinating history.     Go behind the scenes of the newly opened Great Tower with our interactive web pages. Journey through the castle chambers with our virtual tour, play interactive games, discover fascinating facts about medieval Dover and even be welcomed by King Henry II himself! For access follow the link on the left of the page.       Why not visit Dover Castle and experience the majesty, colour and opulence of medieval court life within the Great Tower. Then re-live the turbulent ...

    Dover Castle (Dover, Kent)

    Dover Castle Enjoy great family days out in the South East with a visit to Dover Castle! Spectacularly ...

  • Durham Castle
Durham Castle is open to the general public to visit, but only through  guided tours, since it is a working castle and the home to over 100  students.  The castle has had an extremely interesting history, particularly in  relation to the range of functions which the buildings have performed as  a fortress, the principal palace of the Bishops of Durham and, since  1837, as the home of University College, the foundation college of  Durham University. The castle now also houses an accredited museum,  unusual in that it is contained within a living and working college  community.
The Castle continues to require major restoration and in the last few  years the roofs have ...

    Durham Castle (Durham, England)

    Durham Castle Durham Castle is open to the general public to visit, but only through guided tours, since ...

  • Berkeley Castle has been lived in by the same family for over 900 years. It is where history has been made. Where Edward II was murdered, where the Barons of the West gathered before Magna Carta and where Queen Elizabeth I hunted and played bowls.  Berkeley Castle is one of the most remarkable buildings in Britain and possibly the most outstanding example of Mediaeval domestic architecture in the country.Where other Castles were romanticised or "modernised" by the Georgians or the Victorians, Berkeley quietly survived as what it is: a Norman fortress with an enclosing curtain wall, built and enlarged through the mediaeval period and beyond into a secure, comfortable, substantial home.

    Berkeley Castle (Gloucestershire)

    Berkeley Castle has been lived in by the same family for over 900 years. It is where ...

  • Urquhart Castle
Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart Castles remains include a tower house that commands splendid views.  Urquhart witnessed considerable conflict throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress and its history from the 13th to 17th centuries was particularly bloody. Following Edward I’s invasion, it fell into English hands and was then reclaimed and lost again. In the 14th century, it figured prominently in the Scots’ struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots. The location – strategically sited on a rocky promontory, with stunning views up and down Loch Ness.

    Urquhart Castle (Loch Ness, Scotland)

    Urquhart Castle Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart Castles remains include a tower house that commands splendid ...

  • Acton Burnell Castle
Acton Burnell Castle - The red sandstone shell of a semi-fortified tower house, built between  1284-93 by Bishop Burnell, Edward I's Lord Chancellor. Parliaments were  twice held here, in 1283 and 1285.  Acton Burnell Hall is now a school, but access to the castle and church  is permitted at any reasonable time.

    Acton Burnell Castle (Shropshire)

    Acton Burnell Castle Acton Burnell Castle - The red sandstone shell of a semi-fortified tower house, built between ...

  • Bayards Cove Fort is a Small Tudor artillery fort guarding Dartmouth's inner harbour,picturesquely sited on the quayside.  Its free to see, and open all year round.

    Bayards Cove Fort (Devon)

    Bayards Cove Fort is a Small Tudor artillery fort guarding Dartmouth's inner harbour,picturesquely sited on the quayside. ...

  • Old Wardour Castle
This stunning castle is beautifully sited beside a lake surrounded by landscaped grounds and Wiltshire countryside.  Set in the peaceful Wiltshire countryside beside a lake, Old Wardour Castle, near Tisbury was once one of the most daring and innovative homes in Britain. It was built in the 14th century as a lightly fortified luxury residence for comfortable living and lavish entertainment. Today the castle ruin provides a relaxed, romantic day out for couples, families and budding historians alike.

    Old Wardour Castle (Wiltshire)

    Old Wardour Castle This stunning castle is beautifully sited beside a lake surrounded by landscaped grounds and Wiltshire ...

  • Located in Devon and tucked away in a deep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin. Visit the castle and try the audio tour and learn about ghostly happenings. Also explore the grounds.

    Berry Pomeroy Castle (Devon)

    Located in Devon and tucked away in a deep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect ...

  • Pendennis Castle

    Pendennis Castle

    Pendennis Castle

  • Farleigh Hungerford Castle is a very Impressive 14th century castle with some hidden treasures and a sinister history located In a picturesque valley of the river Frome.

    Farleigh Hungerford Castle

    Farleigh Hungerford Castle is a very Impressive 14th century castle with some hidden treasures and a sinister ...

  • St Mawes Castle

    St Mawes Castle

    St Mawes Castle

  • Kingswear Castle

    Kingswear Castle

    Kingswear Castle

  • St Michaels Mount is a castle situated on an island in Marazion, cornwall.  With amazing gardens and wonderful rooms to explore this is a must see if you are in the area.

    St Michaels Mount

    St Michaels Mount is a castle situated on an island in Marazion, cornwall. With amazing gardens ...

  • Launceston Castle in cornwall was a symbol of middle age wealth and power. Originally known as Dunheved.

    Launceston Castle

    Launceston Castle in cornwall was a symbol of middle age wealth and power. Originally known as Dunheved. ...

  • Sherborne Old Castle is a sixteenth century Tudor mansion located just southeast of Sherborne (Dorset, England)

    Sherborne Old Castle

    Sherborne Old Castle is a sixteenth century Tudor mansion located just southeast of Sherborne (Dorset, England)

  • Visit Berkhamsted Castle and learn how the substantial remains of a strong and important motte and bailey castle dating from the 11th to 13th centuries, with surrounding walls, ditches and earthworks. A palace complex was added in the 13th century.

    Berkhamsted Castle

    Visit Berkhamsted Castle and learn how the substantial remains of a strong and important motte and bailey ...

  • Hadleigh Castle

    Hadleigh Castle

    Hadleigh Castle

  • Castle Acre Castle in The delightful village of Castle Acre boasts an extraordinary wealth of history and is a very rare and complete survival of a Norman planned settlement, including a castle, town, parish church and associated monastery.  The castle was founded soon after the Conquest by the first William de Warenne and you can still view an immense system of ditched earthworks.

    Castle Acre Castle (Norfolk)

    Castle Acre Castle in The delightful village of Castle Acre boasts an extraordinary wealth of history and is ...

  • Hedingham Castle
Hedingham Castles Norman keep, 110 feet high, was built c.1140 by Aubrey de Vere - A visit to the castle and its beautiful grounds is ideal for a family outing, and during the summer there are a variety of special events which bring its colourful history alive.  Hedingham Castle overlooks beautiful wooded grounds, parkland and gardens but as you pass through the valley walk, the steep slopes of the Motte can tower 40ft above. In 1719, when the house was built, formal gardens were created.

    Hedingham Castle (Essex)

    Hedingham Castle Hedingham Castles Norman keep, 110 feet high, was built c.1140 by Aubrey de Vere - A ...

  • Castle Rising Castle
Castle Rising Castle is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in  England.  One of the largest, best preserved and most lavishly decorated keeps in  England, surrounded by 20 acres of mighty earthworks. Begun in 1138 by  William d'Albini for his new wife, the widow of Henry I, in the 14th  century it became the luxurious exile-place of Queen Isabella.  Castle Rising lies in the County of Norfolk, 5 miles to the northeast of King's Lynn, near the Norfolk coast of the Wash, just off the A149. The site is suitable for people with disabilities but access inside could cause problems because of stairs and low ceilings in places. Dogs are allowed ...

    Castle Rising Castle (Norkfolk, England)

    Castle Rising Castle Castle Rising Castle is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in England.  ...

  • Orford Castle
Oxford castle was originally built in 1071 for William the Conqueror, to  enable the Normans to control the area. A prison was built within the  castle, which continued to be in use until 1996.  Oxford Castle is located in the city centre, preserved in the buildings of a prison.

    Orford Castle (Oxford, England)

    Orford Castle Oxford castle was originally built in 1071 for William the Conqueror, to enable the Normans ...

  • Colchester Castle
Colchester Castle is undeniably one of the most important historic buildings in the country.  Colchester was the first capital of Roman Britain and beneath the Castle are the remains of the most famous Roman buildings, the Temple of Claudius. Today if you lay your hand on the stonework of the temple it can be said that you are touching the very foundation of Roman Britain.  The Castle first opened to the public as a museum in 1860. Today it is still a living vibrant place.  It is not only the town's flagship museum, but it is also in a real sense a symbol of Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town.
A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you ...

    Colchester Castle (Colchester, England)

    Colchester Castle Colchester Castle is undeniably one of the most important historic buildings in the country. Colchester ...

  • Tilbury Fort
The artillery fort at Tilbury on the Thames estuary protected London's  seaward approach from the 16th century through to World War II. Henry  VIII built the first fort here, and Queen Elizabeth famously rallied her  army nearby to face the threat of the Armada.  Tilbury Fort is on the north, Essex, bank of the River Thames in England and was built to defend London from attack from the sea, particularly during the Spanish Armada and the Anglo-Dutch Wars. The site is now cared for by English Heritage and opened to the public.

    Tilbury Fort (Essex, On The Thames)

    Tilbury Fort The artillery fort at Tilbury on the Thames estuary protected London's seaward approach from the ...

  • Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle is a magnificent specimin of a late 12th-century castle.  Built by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, one of the most influential  people at the court of the Plantagenet kings, the castle was designed both as a stronghold and a proclamation  of power and status. Architecturally, the fortress is notable for its  curtain wall with regular mural towers, being an early example of this  style. 
Visitors can explore over 800 years of life at Framlingham Castle in an  introductory exhibition in the Poorhouse.

    Framlingham Castle (Suffolk, England)

    Framlingham Castle Framlingham Castle is a magnificent specimin of a late 12th-century castle. Built by Roger Bigod, ...

  • Walden Castle
Located in the grounds of the museum at Saffron Walden are the ruins          of a 12th century Norman keep.

    Walden Castle (Saffron Walden, Essex)

    Walden Castle Located in the grounds of the museum at Saffron Walden are the ruins ...

  • Goodrich Castle

    Goodrich Castle

    Goodrich Castle

  • Tamworth Castle

    Tamworth Castle

    Tamworth Castle

  • Llansteffan Castle

    Llansteffan Castle

    Llansteffan Castle

  • Carew Castle is set in a stunning location, overlooking a 23 acre millpond, the castle displays the development from a Norman fortification to an Elizabethan country house.  The Castle grounds also house one of only three restored tidal mills in Britain, with all its original machinery, this fine four-storey building is part of the Carew historic site.

    Carew Castle (Pembrokeshire)

    Carew Castle is set in a stunning location, overlooking a 23 acre millpond, the castle displays the ...

  • Llawhaden Castle

    Llawhaden Castle

    Llawhaden Castle

  • Visit Cardiff Castle and Discover 2000 years of history in the heart of the city. From the arrival of the Romans, through the Norman Conquest to lavish Victorian design.  The Castle is one of Wales leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. During 2000 years of history, the Castle has been a Roman Garrison, a Norman stronghold and in Victorian times was transformed into a gothic fairytale fantasy.

    Cardiff Castle (Cardiff)

    Visit Cardiff Castle and Discover 2000 years of history in the heart of the city. From the ...

  • Manorbier Castle

    Manorbier Castle

    Manorbier Castle

  • Carreg Cennen Castle is One of the most spectacularly sited Welsh castles is Carreg Cennen, located north of Swansea, a few miles south-east of Llandeilo on a minor road off the A483. Spell-binding views are waiting to be experienced from the sharp hilltop upon which the castle sits There are few castles in Wales - or Europe for that matter - which can boast a more spectacular location than Carreg Cennen.  Its ruins crown a precipitous crag in a remote corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

    Carreg Cennen Castle (Carmarthenshire)

    Carreg Cennen Castle is One of the most spectacularly sited Welsh castles is Carreg Cennen, located north of ...

  • White Castle is the Imposing moated remains of a 12th century castle, likely the work of Henry II. Substantially remodelled in the second half of the thirteenth century. The castle was held in common with Grosmont and Skenfrith. 

    White Castle

    White Castle is the Imposing moated remains of a 12th century castle, likely the work of Henry II. ...

  • Laugharne Castle

    Laugharne Castle

    Laugharne Castle

  • Beaumaris Castle Begun in 1295, this unfinished castle is the last and largest of King Edward I's Welsh fortifications. 

    Beaumaris Castle

    Beaumaris Castle Begun in 1295, this unfinished castle is the last and largest of King Edward I's Welsh ...

  • Denbigh Castle

    Denbigh Castle

    Denbigh Castle

  • Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of Wales's castles. Its sheer scale and commanding presence easily set it apart from others.  The castle's symbolic status was emphasized when Edward made sure that his son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284. In 1969, the castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for the investiture of HRH Prince Charles as Prince of Wales

    Caernarfon Castle (Gwynedd)

    Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of Wales's castles. Its sheer scale and commanding presence easily set ...

  • Dolwyddelan Castle

    Dolwyddelan Castle

    Dolwyddelan Castle

  • Middleham Castle

    Middleham Castle

    Middleham Castle

  • Appleby Castle in Cumbria is a private residence and has been closed to  the public for the last five years. The castle consists of a 12th-century castle keep which is known as Caesar's Tower, and a mansion house

    Appleby Castle (Cumbria)

    Appleby Castle in Cumbria is a private residence and has been closed to the public for ...

  • Pendragon Castle

    Pendragon Castle

    Pendragon Castle

  • Beeston Castle is perfect for a family day out in Cheshire.  Situated in Tarporley Beeston fits the bill perfectly. This 'Castle of the Rock' is famous for its spectacular views of the surrouding countryside, which spans no less than eight counties on a clear day. From its lookout point at the top of a mighty crag, you can see from the Pennines all the way to the Welsh mountains.
With over 40 acres of beautiful woodlands to explore around the castle, with wildlife trails for the children to follow, and even the chance to find the lost treasure of Richard II.  Its no surprise why Beeston Castle is one of the best-loved visitor attractions in Cheshire.
 

    Beeston Castle (Cheshire)

    Beeston Castle is perfect for a family day out in Cheshire.  Situated in Tarporley Beeston fits the bill ...

  • Penrith Castle

    Penrith Castle

    Penrith Castle

  • Brough Castle in Cumbria stands on a ridge commanding strategic Stainmore Pass, on the site of a Roman fort. Like so many other castles hereabouts, Brough was restored in the 17th century by the Lady Anne Clifford, traces of whose additions can still be seen.  It Was frequently the target of Scots raids, its towering keep dates from about 1200, and more comfortable living quarters were later added by the Clifford family, only to be accidentally burnt following a 'great Christmas party' in 1521.

 

    Brough Castle

    Brough Castle in Cumbria stands on a ridge commanding strategic Stainmore Pass, on the site of a ...

  • Brougham Castle Is set in a picturesque setting beside the crossing of the River Eamont in Cumbria, Brougham Castle was founded in the early 13th century.The keep top provides panoramic views over the Eden Valley.  This great keep largely survives, amid many later buildings - including the unusual double gatehouse and impressive 'Tower of League'.

    Brougham Castle (Cumbria)

    Brougham Castle Is set in a picturesque setting beside the crossing of the River Eamont in Cumbria, ...

  • Carlisle Castle stands strongly in the city of Carlisle. Today, the castle still plays a prominent role in Cumbria as one of its best loved landmarks. With Border Reivers tours, the picnic area, a unique gift shop and being so close to Hadrian's Wall, the castle makes for a full family day out.  Carlisle Castle was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living memory. Now its rich and varied visitor attractions reflect its long and eventful history. Even before the medieval castle was begun, this site was an important Roman fortress.

 

    Carlisle Castle (Carlisle)

    Carlisle Castle stands strongly in the city of Carlisle. Today, the castle still plays a prominent role in Cumbria ...

  • Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle is one of the most stunning castles in Europe. It is the  second largest inhabited castle in England and has been home of the  Percy's, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309.  Built on a basalt outcrop above a glorious golden sand beach, the castle  houses a fine collection of armour and paintings.  Alnwick castle has been used as a film location, for everything from  Harry Potter to Elizabeth to Becket to Blackadder.

    Alnwick Castle (Alnwick town, South Of Scottish Border)

    Alnwick Castle Alnwick Castle is one of the most stunning castles in Europe. It is the second ...

  • Edlingham Castle

    Edlingham Castle

    Edlingham Castle

  • Aydon Castle is Tucked away just one mile from the village of Corbridge and is a perfect location for a family day out.  Almost completely intact, it is one of the finest and most unaltered  examples of a 13th-century English manor house. Set in a beautiful and  secluded Northumberland woodland, it was originally built as an  undefended residence, but almost immediately fortified on the outbreak  of Anglo-Scottish warfare. Nevertheless it was pillaged and burnt by the  Scots in 1315, seized by English rebels two years later, and again  occupied by Scots in 1346.
Bring along a picnic and spend the day exploring this gem plus why  not visit Hadrian’s Wall too, which is close by.

    Aydon Castle (Northumberland)

    Aydon Castle is Tucked away just one mile from the village of Corbridge and is a perfect ...

  • Etal Castle

    Etal Castle

    Etal Castle

  • Bamburgh Castle sits on a basalt outcrop overlooking the Farne Islands and Lindisfarne on the heritage coast in North Northumberland.  Explore 14 public areas, learn more about the castle from our friendly knowledgeable guides and new audio tour. Watch history being uncovered during live archaeological excavations. Refreshments are available in the Clock Tower Tea Rooms.

    Bamburgh Castle (Northumberland)

    Bamburgh Castle sits on a basalt outcrop overlooking the Farne Islands and Lindisfarne on the heritage coast in ...

  • Lindisfarne Castle

    Lindisfarne Castle

    Lindisfarne Castle

  • Barnard Castle Set on a high rock above the tees was founded in the 12th century.   It was later developed by the Beauchamp family and then passed into the hands of Richard III.

    Barnard Castle (Durham)

    Barnard Castle Set on a high rock above the tees was founded in the 12th century.   It ...

  • Norham Castle

    Norham Castle

    Norham Castle

  • Located in Northumberland Berwick Castle is the remains of a medieval castle crucial to Anglo-Scottish warfare, superseded by the most complete and breathtakingly impressive bastioned town defences in England, mainly Elizabethan but updated in the 17th and 18th centuries. Surrounding the whole historic town, their entire circuit can be walked.
Visitor Advice and Information

Keep to the paths as there are steep hidden drops. 
Children should be closely supervised. 
Cycling is prohibited. 
It is dangerous to enter the monument after dark.

    Berwick Castle (Northumberland)

    Located in Northumberland Berwick Castle is the remains of a medieval castle crucial to Anglo-Scottish warfare, superseded by ...

  • Prudhoe Castle

    Prudhoe Castle

    Prudhoe Castle

  • Tantallon Castle

    Tantallon Castle

    Tantallon Castle

  • Ardvreck Castle is situated on a rocky promontory that juts into Loch Assynt. The three-storey tower was built by the MacLeods of Assynt.  Care should be taken when walking around the site as falling masonry is a  possible danger. 
Ardvreck Castle was a rectangular-shaped keep comprising three storeys.  Under the castle the vaulted basement is pierced by gunloops and the  round stair turret is corbelled out to support a square caphouse.  Despite the small size of the ruined tower, Ardvreck was originally a  large and imposing structure and it is thought that the castle included a  walled garden and formal courtyard. The remains of the foundations can  still be seen and cover a large ...

    Ardvreck Castle

    Ardvreck Castle is situated on a rocky promontory that juts into Loch Assynt. The three-storey tower was ...

  • Dunnottar Castle

    Dunnottar Castle

    Dunnottar Castle

  • Auchindoun Castle
Auchindoun Castle stands within the earthworks of an Iron Age hill fort.  The castle was derelict by 1725 and Stones taken from the castle have been used in local farm buildings and nearby Balvenie Castle.  The ruins of the castle are in the care of Historic Scotland, but were for many years in too dangerous a condition to be open to the public. On the completion of consolidation works, Auchindoun was re-opned for public viewing in November 2007.
Access on foot only, route path is steep and can be wet at times.  The path is well signposted and accessed from the Dufftown to Rhynie Main Road. You can view the exterior only.

    Auchindoun Castle (Dufftown)

    Auchindoun Castle Auchindoun Castle stands within the earthworks of an Iron Age hill fort. The castle was ...

  • Eilean Donan Castle

    Eilean Donan Castle

    Eilean Donan Castle

  • Ballindalloch Castle
Ballindalloch Castle is A much loved family home, Ballindalloch is one of the few privately owned castles to have been lived in continuously by its original family - The Macpherson-Grants have resided in the castle since 1546.  The Castle is set in magnificent grounds between the Rivers Spey and Avon.  Visitor tours are available and Visitors are invited to tour the Castle at their leisure. Informative guide notes are available in each room in five languages. Allow one hour to go round the castle.

    Ballindalloch Castle

    Ballindalloch Castle Ballindalloch Castle is A much loved family home, Ballindalloch is one of the few privately owned castles ...

  • Findlater Castle

    Findlater Castle

    Findlater Castle

  • Balvenie Castle - For over 500 years, Balvenie Castle served as the formidable stronghold of the great lords who ruled over this part of north-east Scotland. Originally the seat of the powerful Comyn earls of Buchan, Balvenie is a castle of enclosure with massive curtain wall.

    Balvenie Castle

    Balvenie Castle - For over 500 years, Balvenie Castle served as the formidable stronghold of the great lords ...

  • Fyvie Castle

    Fyvie Castle

    Fyvie Castle

  • Castle Fraser In Southern Scotland is reminiscent of a French château, filled with family treasures, furniture and interesting family portraits. Quirky family contents include Charles Mackenzie Fraser's wooden leg. Enchanting walled gardens with ‘Woodland Secrets’ play area Castle Fraser is an atmospheric baronial castle dating back to the 15th century and was the ancestral home of the Fraser family. It retains the atmosphere of the family home with portraits, furniture and mementoes. Highlights include the Great Hall dating back to the 1400s, an original library with family books, and a grand worked room with 18th-century embroideries.

    Castle Fraser

    Castle Fraser In Southern Scotland is reminiscent of a French château, filled with family treasures, furniture and ...

  • Glenbuchat Castle

    Glenbuchat Castle

    Glenbuchat Castle

  • Castle Sinclair Girnigoe is the only castle in Scotland to be listed by the World Monuments Fund. This once impregnable medieval / renaissance stronghold is now the most spectacular ruin in the North of Scotland and is the subject of a preservation programme The Castle will be open to the public from the beginning of May to the end of September 2010. It may be closed to the public occasionally during these times due to health and safety for the on going conservation and preservation works. 

    Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

    Castle Sinclair Girnigoe is the only castle in Scotland to be listed by the World Monuments Fund. This ...