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 England. Just browse our list to find your top castle , and add some history to your next adventure!

The top 20 castles in England

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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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    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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    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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    Wray Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Very nice hike from Hawkshead Croft campsite to Wray Castle and back

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    Thirlwall Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    With border war raging, life in Northumberland was dangerous between 1300 and 1600. Wealthy families like the Thirlwalls protected themselves by building strongholds like Thirlwall Castle. Built during the 12th …

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    Dan
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    Highcliffe Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Highcliffe Castle has been described as arguably the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture, which flourished at the end of the 18th century and …

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    Nunney castle

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    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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    Aesica Roman Fort

    Hiking Highlight

    Aesica was the ninth fort on Hadrian's Wall and stands between Vercovicium to the east and Magnis to the west. The purpose of this stronghold was to guard the Caw …

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    Dan
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    10

    Minster Lovell Hall.

    Hiking Highlight

    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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    Edvard
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    The Market Placeat Helmsley

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Lovely little Town, with lots of quaint shops to browse round, if you have time.
    There is wide range of places to eat, ranging from Cafes to Pubs & Hotels. …

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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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    Dan
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    The Royal Citadel

    Hiking Highlight

    This dramatic 17th century fortress was built to defend the coastline from the Dutch. The fortress, owned and managed by English Heritage, is still used by the military today. As …

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    Dan
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    Whitby Abbey

    Hiking Highlight

    Perched high on a cliff, with wild sea winds blowing, it is easy to see why the spooky remains of Whitby Abbey were inspiration for Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. These days, …

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    Shap Abbey

    Hiking Highlight

    The impressive ruins of Shap Abbey are situated in the secluded and beautiful valley of the River Lowther. Founded in the late 12th century, Shap Abbey was one of 32 …

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    Dan
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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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    Edvard
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    Wallingford Castle Moats

    Hiking Highlight

    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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    Glastonbury Abbey

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Glastonbury Abbey was a monastery founded in the 7th century and is the location of what is claimed to be King Arthur and Queen Guinevere's tomb. The park encompasses 36 …

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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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    Edvard
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    Nottingham Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    At the moment you can not visit it, as it is being renovated.
    Wikipedia:
    Nottingham Castle is a ruined castle in Nottingham, the capital of the English county of Nottinghamshire. …

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