Castles in South East England

A visit to a castle — whether you stumble over one during a hike outdoors or walk your way around the grounds with a guide — is always something special, and you’ve got 14 beautiful castles to choose from in South East England. Just browse our list to find your top castle , and add some history to your next adventure!

The top 14 castles in South East England

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    Ypres Tower

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    The Ypres Tower is thought to have been built in the early 14th century as part of the town’s defences and is the second oldest building open to the public …

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    Roman Ruins from Leptis Magna

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    A man made set of Roman Ruins, built from real Roman stones controversially brought from Leptis Magna (a ruined Roman town) near Tripoli in Libya in 1816.

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    3

    Minster Lovell Hall.

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    Minster Lovell Hall is a ruin in Minster Lovell, an English village in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The ruins are situated by the River Windrush.
    Minster Lovell Hall was built by …

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    Wallingford Castle Gardens is a wonderful place to stroll around. With colourful gardens, a wildlife area, and ruins of one of the most important castles in Britain to explore, the …

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    Here the motte towers above you while the inner moat lies below. Beyond (now on the other side of Castle Lane with its fine brick walls) lies the middle bailey …

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    Wallingford Castle Moats

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    It is likely that somewhere here the castle moats were originally controlled by sluices which could be emptied into the low-lying meadow area. In the 1800’s, the Victorians created this …

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    D'Oilly's castle followed the traditional Norman motte and bailey design, with a high conical mound topped by a timber keep, set within a bailey, or enclosure, which housed secondary buildings …

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    Cowes Marina

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    During the Cowes Week, the marina is very lively. There is something interesting for everyone to discover. The sailing competition around the Isle of Wight is very interesting for several days.

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    This fragment may be the remains of a castle building. It stands on what was the
    edge of the inner bailey, the bustling central courtyard of the castle. The Norman …

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    Wallingford Castle Meadows covers some 16.6 hectares on the banks of the River Thames in Wallingford. The meadows contain the site of Wallingford Castle which has a long and complex …

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    Wolvesey Castle

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    The medieval bishops of Winchester were powerful men and Wolvesey Castle was one of the most important buildings in England at the time. Whilst the castle might be in ruins …

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    Farnham Castle

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    Farnham Castle stands proudly on the crest of a hill overlooking the town. The motte and shell keep castle was founded in 1138 and then rebuilt in the late 12th …

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    Segsbury Camp

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    Segsbury Camp is an Iron Age hill fort in the Vale of White Horse. You can explore extensive and well-preserved ramparts and gateways in the fort. Historians believe this site …

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    The Great Hall, at Winchester Castle, is one of the finest surviving medieval aisled halls of the 13th century. The castle was founded in 1067 by William the Conqueror shortly …

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