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United Kingdom Castles

1. Windsor Castle, England
2. Warwick Castle
3. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
4. The Tower of London, England
5. Alnwick Castle, England
6. Dunrobin Castle, Scotland
7. Leeds Castle
8. Cardiff Castle, Wales
9. Dover Castle, England
10. Bamburgh Castle

There are over five hundred castles in United Kingdom, many of which are in ruins, but some have been successfully restored and are now open to the public. In the past, castles were built for defense purposes. With their imposing stone walls and turrets, these fortresses have stood the test of time and are now popular tourist destinations.

Today, castles are popular tourist destinations, and they are a reminder of the United Kingdom’s rich history and culture. Some of the best castles in the UK include Windsor Castle, which is amongst the oldest and largest inhabited castles in the world, and the Edinburgh Castle, which is one of the most iconic castles in the UK.

Other popular castles include the Warwick Castle, which has been standing since the 11th century and is one of the most well-preserved castles in the UK. You can also visit Leeds Castle, which ranks as one of the most picturesque castles in the UK. If you are planning a trip to the United Kingdom, be sure to add a few of these castles to your itinerary!

Here are some of the best castles in United Kingdom:

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Windsor Castle

  • Windsor Castle is one of the oldest and largest inhabited castles in the world, located in Windsor, England
  • It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years, and is the longest-occupied castles in United Kingdom
  • Built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, Windsor Castle is also a popular tourist attraction and a well-known symbol of British royalty and history
  • The castle's impressive grounds include St. George's Chapel, the State Apartments, and Queen Mary's Dolls' House

Location:
Windsor SL4 1NJ, United Kingdom

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 04:15 p.m. (Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday)

Entry Fees: £26.50 per adult
                    £17.50 for visitors between 17 to 24 years of age
                    £14.50 for children below 17 years of age
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Warwick Castle

  • Warwick Castle is one of the most iconic castles in the UK, with its impressive architecture and rich history
  • It has been standing since the 11th century and is an iconic landmark in Warwickshire
  • The castle is renowned for its remarkable architecture, which includes a number of towers, turrets, portcullises, and drawbridge
  • It was the home of the Earls of Warwick for centuries and has been used in many films and television shows
  • It is also renowned for its spectacular events, including a jousting tournament, birds of prey show, and a fireworks display

Location:
Warwick CV34 4QU, United Kingdom

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. 

Entry Fees:
£37.00 onwards per person 
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Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

  • Edinburgh Castle is one of the most spectacular castles in the UK, offering an impressive view of the city of Edinburgh
  • The castle was built in the 11th century and has been a prominent feature of the city ever since
  • It is home to the famous Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, which is believed to have been used in the coronation of Scottish kings
  • The castle has a long and rich history and has been the site of many battles and sieges

Location:
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom

Timings:
09:30 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. 

Entry Fees:
£18.00 per adult, £11.00 for children
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The Tower Of London, England

  • The Tower of London is one of the best castles in UK and a major attraction in London
  • It was originally built in 1078 by William the Conqueror and served as a royal residence, prison, and place of execution
  • The Tower of London is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it contains the Crown Jewels, the world's oldest collection of royal regalia
  • The Tower of London is home to the famous Yeoman Warders, also known as the Beefeaters, who have guarded the Tower for centuries

Location:
London EC3N 4AB, United Kingdom

Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM 

Entry Fees: £10.00 per person
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Dover Castle, England

  • Ranked among the top castles in the UK, Dover Castle in England is also a magnificent example of medieval architecture
  • Dover Castle is a World Heritage site and the site of the famous Battle of Britain
  • The castle has been used as a fortress, a royal palace and a military garrison over the centuries
  • Visitors can explore the castle's underground tunnels and secret passages, as well as the Great Tower, the keep and the Roman lighthouse

Location:
Castle Hill Rd., Dover CT16 1HU, United Kingdom

Timings:
10:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. (Closed from Monday to Friday)

Entry Fees:
£24.00 per adult
                    £14.40 for children below 17 years of age 
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Alnwick Castle, England

  • Alnwick Castle in England is another one of the most famous castles in the United Kingdom, boasting an impressive history of more than 900 years
  • Alnwick Castle has been used as a filming location for many movies and TV shows, including Harry Potter and Downton Abbey
  • There is plenty to explore inside the castle, including the State Rooms and the Armoury Hall, where you can get up close and personal with the castle’s rich history
  • Visitors can also explore the underground dungeons, and the medieval kitchen and even take a tour of the castle’s trebuchet

Location:
Alnwick NE66 1NQ, United Kingdom

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

Entry Fees: £16.75 per adult, £8.85 for children
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Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

  • Dunrobin Castle in Scotland is a majestic castle, in addition to being one of the oldest castles in United Kingdom 
  • Dunrobin Castle is a fairy-tale castle that was built in the 13th century and has been home to the Earls of Sutherland for centuries
  • The castle features a number of unique features such as a grand library, a beautiful garden, and a museum of the local history and culture

Location:
Dunrobin Castle station, Golspie KW10 6SF, UK

Timings:
10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. 

Entry Fees:
£13.50 per adult, £8.50 for children  
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Leeds Castle

  • Leeds Castle is one of the most iconic and best-preserved castles in UK situated near Maidstone in Kent, England
  • From medieval fortresses to lavish palaces, Leeds Castle has seen many transformations over the centuries and is now open to visitors all year round
  • Visitors to Leeds Castle can explore the castle's many rooms and galleries, as well as its gorgeous grounds and gardens
  • Leeds Castle is also home to a range of exciting events and activities, such as falconry displays, concerts and special themed days

Location:
Broomfield, Maidstone ME17 1PL, United Kingdom

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. 

Entry Fees:
£32.00 per adult, £24.00 for children between 3 to 15 years of age
09

Cardiff Castle, Wales

  • Cardiff Castle is a renowned castle located in Cardiff, Wales, and is one of the best castles in United Kingdom 
  • This castle has been the home of many of Wales' most influential families, including the Marquesses of Bute, the Earls of Plymouth, and the Counts of Runcorn
  • The castle boasts a number of impressive features including the Norman Keep, the Black Tower, the Clock Tower, and the Victorian Gothic-style apartments
  • The castle also has a beautiful interior, with a variety of ornate rooms and furniture pieces
Location: Castle St, Cardiff CF10 3RB, United Kingdom

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. 

Entry Fees:
£14.50 per adult, £10.00 for children
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Bamburgh Castle

  • Bamburgh Castle is an iconic landmark and one of the most impressive and best-preserved castles in United Kingdom
  • The castle has a long and fascinating history, with its current structure being built in the 11th century
  • Bamburgh Castle has been home to many royal families over the centuries, including the House of Plantagenet and the House of Tudor
  • The castle also boasts a large collection of ancient artifacts and artwork, making it a must-visit destination for history buffs

Location:
Bamburgh NE69 7DF, United Kingdom

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. 

Entry Fees:
£15.50 per adult, £17.65 for visitors between 5 to 16 years of age

People Also Ask About United Kingdom

  1. Which are the best castles in the United Kingdom?

    1. Windsor Castle: Located in the English county of Berkshire, Windsor Castle is one of the oldest and largest inhabited castles in the United Kingdom. Built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has served as a royal residence for over 900 years.

    2. Tower of London: The Tower of London is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and is the oldest fortified palace in Europe. Its 900-year-old history is full of stories of imprisonment, execution and royal splendour.

    3. Edinburgh Castle: 
    Edinburgh Castle is one of the most prominent castles in Scotland, in addition to being one of the best castles in the UK. Located on the top of a volcanic rock, the castle has a long and turbulent history full of battles and sieges.
  2. Which is the oldest castle in the UK?

    Windsor Castle is the oldest amongst all the castles in the United Kingdom. Located in Windsor, England, the castle has been home to the British royal family for over 900 years. The castle was originally built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. Over the centuries, it has been extended and renovated to become the magnificent structure that it is today.
  3. What is special about Windsor Castle?

    Windsor Castle is a royal residence and the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and has been the home of British kings and queens since the time of William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Ranked amongst the best castles in the UK, it features beautiful grounds and gardens, as well as an impressive collection of artwork and historical artifacts.
  4. What is the best time to visit the United Kingdom?

    The spring season, from the month of March to May, is the best time to visit the United Kingdom. This is when the weather is warm and dry, but relatively pleasant as well. In addition to exploring the outdoors during this season, you can also take part in various activities and experiences in spring.
  5. How many days do you need to explore the United Kingdom?

    Being a diverse land, with different landmarks, attractions and experiences, two weeks will be enough to explore the major attractions of the United Kingdom.
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