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10 of the Best UK Castles

Snaptrip’s ethos is that everyone should make the most of their weekend. And, what better way to spend three-days than in a castle with your loved ones. From royal banquets good enough for Henry VIII, exploring real-life inhabited castles and climbing towers that are steeped in history, the UK has a range of exciting castles where you can visit and even stay!

Plus, you don’t need to travel too far. That’s right, you can finally pretend you’re in a film as you venture around vast grounds and rest your head on a four-poster bed.

From remote corners of the Highlands to the rugged Welsh coast, the UK is littered with an impressive collection of castles. Whether you’re looking for mysterious ruins or fully restored wonders, you’ll be spoilt for choice. With such a range of castles on offer, each with their own history and charm, it can be hard to choose favourites. However, after much deliberation and debate, we have chosen our top 10.

1. Tintagel Castle

1. Tintagel Castle

Best for: breathtaking views

Set on a rugged stretch of the Cornish coast with views out over an oh-so-blue sea, this castle has an air of myth and mystery about it. Linked to the legendary King Arthur, the castle has inspired writers and artists for centuries. Situated between Padstow and Bude, once you’ve finished exploring this dramatic castle, be sure to head into the nearby seaside villages for fresh fish and a true taste of Cornwall. Every king deserves a treat, right?

2. St. Michael’s Mount

Best for: a novelty experience

Cut off by the sea, you’ll need to be brave to venture to this incredible castle. Wait until the tide is and explore by foot or hop on one of the daily boats to get there by sea. Boasting medieval pathways, sub-tropical gardens and ancient cobbles, you’ll uncover historical stories of legend, harbour and islander’s tales. Afterwards, a visit to the harbour and village is a must. Cornwall also makes for a great weekend trip for all ages – so whether you’re planning a romantic trip or a family stay-cation, it’s the ideal place.

3. Warwick Castle

Best for: family fun for all ages

This grand castle was built in 1068 and has something for all ages. Not only can you dine and sleep at the castle but there’s also plenty of medieval attractions including banquets, dragon slaying and spectacular daily shows. The castle is also situated close to Stratford-Upon-Avon – an equally impressive family day out and once the home of William Shakespeare.

4. Corfe Castle

Best for: using your imagination

Situated in Dorset, this incredible castle might be thousands of years old – but its ruins still captivate visitors. As an added bonus you’ll also find stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Now a National Trust feature, Corfe Castle is one of Britain’s most iconic survivors of the English Civil War. Plenty of wildlife also now call this castle home – so why not see how many you can spot?

5. Windsor Castle

Best for: the ultimate castle experience

Windsor Castle is the castle of all castles. A royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire, it is most famous for its association with the English and British royal family as well as for its architecture. Originally built in the 11th century after the invasion of England by William the Conqueror, today it still stands proud and has hosted a very famous royal wedding. Can you spot any of the royals? The town of Windsor is also a lovely place so why not head there for lunch afterwards?

6. Edinburgh Castle

Best for: its iconic status

Set above the city on Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is another remarkable fortress. With a rich history, incredible views and breathtaking stone walls, the castle is also home to many wonderful items, including the Honours of Scotland. Plus, located in the centre of Edinburgh, it’d be rude not to make a weekend out of it.

7. Stirling Castle

Best for: a magical big day

Located in Stirling, this castle is one of the biggest in Scotland. Sitting at the top of Castle Hill, this impressive building offers stunning views across the countryside. Surrounded by steep cliffs, most of the building dates back to the 15th and 16th century. Nowadays, the castle is open for craft events, live shows and of course weddings…

8. Chirk Castle

Best for: its gorgeous gardens

Found in Wrexham near the Welsh-English border, Chirk Castle has a rich history and a stunning interior. Heading out into the grounds visitors will be treated to beautiful lawns and well cultivated plants. The medieval fortress boasts award-winning gardens with 5.5 acres of lawns, plants and rock gardens – not to mention incredible views of the Cheshire and Salop plains. Pack a picnic, find a spot to relax in and pop open that fizz…

9. Caernarfon Castle

Best for: architecture lovers

Caernarfon Castle is a medieval fortress in north-west Wales. With stunning architecture, the impressive castle was created by King Edward I. Just 8 miles from Bangor, it’s also easily accessible from the north Welsh coast and the western coast, making it a great day out for all the family.

If going to visit a castle isn’t quite enough, you could also stay in one for you next holiday. Find our 5 favourite castles holidays here.

10. Dover Castle

Best for: a range of wars

A medieval castle in Dover, this castle was founded in the 11th century. Described as the “Key to England”, it’s the largest castle in England. Climb the tower, look out over the medieval fortress, meet historical characters and adventure around the interior. From the Romans to the Cold War, Dover Castle is steeped in history and will ensure a jam-packed day out.

If going to visit a castle isn’t quite enough, you could also stay in one for you next holiday. Find our 5 favourite castles holidays here.

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