Castles in the United Kingdom

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 20 beautiful castles to choose from in the United Kingdom. Just browse our list to find your top castle , and add some history to your next adventure!

The top 20 castles in the United Kingdom

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    Inverness Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Inverness Castle overlooks the River Ness from a sandstone cliff and affords fine views over the ancient and picturesque city of Inverness. The castle’s position, bridging the mouth of the …

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    Kenilworth Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Kenilworth Castle has a good car park, pay and display in the summer free in the winter.
    Surrounding the castle theres various tea shops, pubs and restaurants, the nearby small …

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    Balloch Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Balloch Castle Country Park affords wonderful views over Loch Lomond. The park comprises 200 acres of semi-rural ornamental woodland, parks, gardens, meadows, and shoreline. The castle itself is closed but still a fine building to admire.

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    Castle Rising

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Built around 1138 by William d'Aubigny II, Castle Rising is a beautiful ruined medieval fortification that has witnessed centuries of fascinating history: from hosting royals to functioning as a hunting …

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    Amy
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    St Andrews Cathedral

    Hiking Highlight

    The Cathedral of St Andrew (often referred to as St Andrews Cathedral) is a ruined Roman Catholic cathedral in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It was built in 1158 and became …

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    Brian
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    Inverlochy Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Inverlochy Castle was founded in the 13th century on the site of an earlier fort. The castle, which played a part in Scottish and English history during the civil wars …

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    Dan
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    Urquhart Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Absolute, albeit overpriced highlight on Loch Ness. The complex is well maintained and a deep eye-catcher in low-hanging clouds. It is easy to imagine what it was like at the time of the building and the Middle Ages. class

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    Kilchurn Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Quaint castle ruins on the northeastern shore of the beautiful Loch Awe, which can be visited for free. The upper observation deck was closed during our visit in May 2018. …

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    St David's Cathedral

    Hiking Highlight

    Set upon the site of an earlier sixth-century monastery, built by St David, the patron saint of Wales, the cathedral has been a site of pilgrimage and worship for more …

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    Dan
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    10

    Ypres Tower

    Hiking Highlight

    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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    Brian
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    Housesteads Roman Fort

    Hiking Highlight

    Housesteads is the most complete Roman fort that survives in Britain. Set high on a dramatic escarpment on Hadrian's Wall, there are spectacular panoramic views from this point. As the …

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    Dan
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    Mugdock Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Mugdock Castle stands on a rocky promontory which rises gently on its eastern and southern approaches but falls steeply away to the north and west. Protection to the east, north …

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    Brian
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    Dunstaffnage Castle

    Hiking Highlight

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    Dunstaffnage Castle was built around the year 1220 by Duncan Dubhgall, son of Earl Somerled, on a large rock face overlooking the Firth of Lorne in the Argyll …

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    Dunnottar Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Beautifully situated and very well-kept castle on an island-like rock in the North Sea. There is also an app with important and interesting details about the facility. Involve the visit in the tour course.

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    Gylen Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Imposing castle ruins on the cliffs on the south coast of Kerrena

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    Bishop's Palace

    Hiking Highlight

    The picturesque remains of Bishop's Palace can be found alongside St David’s Cathedral. During the medieval period, this would have been the finest collection of buildings in Wales. Today, the …

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    Dan
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    Roman Ruins from Leptis Magna

    Bike Touring Highlight

    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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    Fishguard Fort

    Hiking Highlight

    Fishguard Fort was built between 1781-85 after the American privateer Black Prince raided the port when locals refused to pay £1,000 ransom for a seized boat. A few years later, …

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    Dan
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    Ruines at Llyn Llydaw

    Hiking Highlight

    Might be a fun spot for a bivi.

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    Nunney castle

    Road Cycling Highlight

    A cool ruin of an old castle in this small village. You can wander around the castle or sit by the moat. There is also a great cafe next to it.

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