5 Amazing Castles To Visit In The United Kingdom

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Hundreds of years ago and across the pond, an English man's home was his castle, literally. There were enough royals, bishops and conquerors in the United Kingdom once that the country is now dotted with lavish castle estates and expansive gardens. It's the stuff of fairy tales.

Deciding which castles to visit can be an overwhelming task. The country boasts well over 3000 castles, ranging from historic ruins to medieval strongholds to Victorian beauties.

We've highlighted five noteworthy castles spread across Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A visit to any of these will leave tourists with a good sense of what it was like to live in a more romantic, if less sanitary (bubonic plague anyone?), time.

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subin6

THIS IS A HUGE BUILDING COMPLEX CONSIDERING WHEN IT WAS BUILT. WARWICK WAS INDEED THE KINGMAKER. OH, WHAT A TIME IN HISTORY.
CURIOUSLY, ONE MUST VISIT THE ORIGINAL " BATHROOM FACILITY" , ......IF YOU COULD CALL IT THAT. BE CAREFUL NOW........

July 26 2011 at 8:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sc1chuck

I was stationed in England, at RAF Upper Heyford 72-74 and visited Warwick many times. It was a cool castle.

July 14 2011 at 3:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bananamoose12

The plague reached Europe in 1347 and England in 1348. Not 1345

July 13 2011 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
busymissnanci

One should visit Stewart Castle in Scotland. My daughter and son-in-law and granddaugher have friends in Scotland,a nd were priviledged tobe there on las New Year's Eve. It is wonderful, and the hospitality of the people is incredible. Don't miss ANYTHING about Scotland.

July 13 2011 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nguzosaba77

perfect place for tribes and vikings to escape to

July 12 2011 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
patfreckles26

I think Castle Howard is the most beautiful, baroque castle ...it is still lived in by members of the Howard decendents and although they had a horrible fire many years ago, it has been restored to absolute splendor. It is also a working farm selling their own beef raised there plus wonderful vegetables. The art work, antique funiture, statuary are incredible. It resides on many acres near a meandering river. The caslle was built starting in 1699 and took 100 years to complete. It is an eye opener and very majestic.

July 11 2011 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
@wftristan

Although not named as a castle i think St Michaels Mount in cornwall should be on the List

July 07 2011 at 7:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
butterflysailing

Been Here,done this,Incredible

July 06 2011 at 9:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sesbybay

DOES ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW OF A CASTLE THAT WAS MADE INTO A SCHOOL IN THE 1870'S IN ENGLAND? IT WAS A BOY AND GIRL SCHOOL BUT WITH THE BOYS ON ONE FLOOR AND THE GIRLS ON THE OTHER.

July 06 2011 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rayebird345

I went to a "Hen Party" at this Castle. What a beautiful place for any occasion! We had an unforgettable High Tea.

July 06 2011 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply