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. Here they are, in no particular order…
1. Tintagel Castle
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. The ruins of this castle are stunning and forever linked to the legendary King Arthur.
Why we love it: for the views
2. St. Michael’s Mount
Another Cornish gem, St Michael’s Mount, is set on a rocky island across the water from Marazion. Cut off by the sea, until the tide goes out this castle is home to many treasures of the past.
Why we love it: for the novelty of walking out to the island
3. Warwick castle
This grand castle in Warwick dates back to 1068 and, considering all the years of history it has laid witness to, it has been well maintained and restored. As well as a stroll around the castle, check out the events put on here.
Why we love it: for the chance to step back in time at a medieval banquet
4. Corfe Castle
This castle in Dorset is hundreds of years old and, although it has seen more glorious days, its ruins still captivate visitors. As an added bonus you’ll also find stunning views over the surrounding countryside.
Why we love it: for the tall tales kept between these walls
5. Culzean Castle
Found in Ayrshire, this castle is a truly grand and imposing one. Home to wonderful features such as an oval staircase, its opulence has been well maintained.
Why we love it: for its 600 acres grounds complete with exquisite gardens and secluded woodland
6. Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is set up above the city on Castle Rock, and is another remarkable fortress. The rich history can be felt on a visit to the castle and it is home to some wonderful and significant items, including the Honours of Scotland.
Why we love it: for its iconic status
7. Sham Castle
A very different castle, but one we couldn’t leave out. The name gives the game away here; Sham Castle in Bath isn’t a real castle. This folly is a single wall which looks like a castle front, and from here visitors will be treated to excellent views over the city of Bath.
Why we love it: for the novelty
8. Chirk Castle
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.
Why we love it: for it’s gorgeous gardens
9. Findlater Castle
This castle is now little more than a ruin moulded into a cliff face on the coast of Aberdeenshire. You might not notice it at first and it lacks the glamour of other castles but Findlater Castle is still an intriguing relic of the past.
Why we love it: for its name
10. Pembroke Castle
Pembroke Castle has an imposing presence in the town of Pembroke. Well maintained, this castle is now host to a variety of events and exhibitions throughout the year where you can explore the castle’s long, rich history.
Why we love it: for exploring its tangle of passageways
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.