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Allington Castle
near Maidstone, Kent
Allington Castle
Allington Castle is situated in Allington, just north of Maidstone, Kent. The oldest part of the castle shows a distinctive herringbone pattern which is still visible today. The castle is now the private residence and is not open to the public. It... Read more >
Amberley Castle
Amberley, West Sussex
Amberley Castle
Amberley Castle is in the village of Amberley, West Sussex. The castle was built as a 12th century manor house. It was converted to a fortress for the bishops of Chichester in 1377 with addition of high curtain walls, towers and gatehouse. The... Read more >
Arundel Castle
Arundel, West Sussex
Arundel Castle
Arundel Castle is located four miles north of Littlehampton in West Sussex, England. The castle is now the home of the Duke of Norfolk and his family. It is a Grade I listed building. Most of the castle and 40 acres of grounds and gardens are open... Read more >
Berkhamsted Castle
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
Berkhamsted Castle
Berkhamsted Castle is a located at Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire. The castle is a motte and bailey construction build originally in Norman times. The bailey is large with parts of the curtain wall still standing. The motte stands to one side with... Read more >
Bodiam Castle
Bodiam, East Sussex
Bodiam Castle
Bodiam Castle is located near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England. The castle is completely surrounded by a spring fed moat, with approaches from the north and south. It defended the upper reaches of the River Rother that was navigable as far as... Read more >
Bramber Castle
near Bramber, West Sussex
Bramber Castle
Bramber Castle, a Norman motte and bailey castle, is located in the village of Bramber, West Sussex about 12 miles north-west of Brighton. The castle is a ruin, and little remains apart from the wall of a tall gatehouse which was converted into a... Read more >
Camber Castle
Rye, East Sussex
Camber Castle
Camber Castle is located in Rye, East Sussex. The castle was an artillery fort built by Henry VIII to guard the port of Rye. The remains include an earlier central tower surrounded by four outer towers which used to be gun platforms. It is open to... Read more >
Cooling Castle
near Cooling, Medway, Kent
Cooling Castle
Cooling Castle is located six miles north of Rochester, Kent. The castle was built on the edge of marshes at Cooling to guard the Thames - it is now about two miles inland. It has a double bailey. The larger eastern bailey has a tower in each corner... Read more >
Deal Castle
Deal, Kent
Deal Castle
Deal Castle is located right on the beach in the town of Deal in the south east of England, its important position was chosen to guard a stretch of water used as an anchorage and landing ground. This Tudor artillery castle is built of reused... Read more >
Dover Castle
Dover, Kent
Dover Castle
Dover Castle sits on top of a Norman motte on the White Cliffs of Dover overlooking the English Channel and France. Today’s castle is from the time of Henry II onwards and as well as the castle the site has a Royal chapel, a Saxon church and a Roman... Read more >
Eynsford Castle
near Farningham, Kent
Eynsford Castle
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Farnham Castle
near Farnham, Surrey
Farnham Castle
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Guildford Castle
Guildford, Surrey
Guildford Castle
Guildford Castle is located 30 miles south of London in centre of Guildford town. The castle’s gardens and original shell keep are the only remaining parts of the castle complex still remaining. Constructed from light colored stone the two storey... Read more >
Hastings Castle
near Hastings, East Sussex
Hastings Castle
Hastings Castle is located cliff edge over looking the English Channel in the town of Hastings, 66 miles south of London Today’s ruins date back to the 1070’s and are only half of the original structure. The site mainly consists of the church of St... Read more >
Herstmonceux Castle
near Herstmonceux, East Sussex
Herstmonceux Castle
Herstmonceux Castle is set in an estate of parkland and Elizabethan gardens, 12 miles west of Hastings on the south coast of England. The brick built Tudor castle gives the appearance of being built in the middle of a lake but in reality it is a... Read more >
Hever Castle
near Hever, Kent
Hever Castle
Hever Castle is set in the village of Hever 35 miles south of London. The beautifully restored castle is set in formal gardens and protected by a moat. The castle comprises of the three storey stone keep accessed over a stone bridge with a Tudor... Read more >
Leeds Castle
near Broomfield, Kent
Leeds Castle
Often mistaken for being in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, Leeds Castle is situated four miles south of Maidstone, Kent in the south of England. Set in 500 acres of parkland and beautiful gardens the renovated castle is accessed via a stone... Read more >
Lewes Castle
Lewes, East Sussex
Lewes Castle
Situated 8 miles from Brighton, Lewes Castle sits on a chalk mound at the highest point of the town overlooking the valley of the River Ouse on the edge of the South Downs Much of the castle site has been lost due the developing town, but parts of... Read more >
Pevensey Castle
near Pevensey, East Sussex
Pevensey Castle
Pevensey Castle is located in the centre of the village of Pevensey, 5 miles from Eastbourne in the south east of England. The ruins of Pevensey Castle are found within the walls of a Roman Fort, one of the largest remaining examples of its kind.... Read more >
Rochester Castle
Rochester, Kent
Rochester Castle
Standing on the eastern bank of the River Medway, Rochester Castle is situated 30 miles south east of London in the centre of the town. The castle is considered to be one of the most well preserved of its kind in England. The great square keep is... Read more >
Scotney Castle
near Kilndown, Kent
Scotney Castle
Scotney Castle is situated south-east of the village of Lamberhurst, 17 miles from Maidstone. Set in a large estate of wood, parkland and gardens Scotney Castle is not one but two manor houses. The ruins of the medieval castle surrounded by a moat... Read more >
Tower of London
London, Greater London
Tower of London
The Tower of London is situated on the banks of the River Thames in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, beside an open area known as Tower Hill. Most people relate the Tower of London to the part of the site known as the White Tower, a square tower... Read more >
Upnor Castle
near Upper Upnor, Medway, Kent
Upnor Castle
Upnor Castle is set in peaceful grounds in the village Upper Upnor, 3 miles from Rochester in the south east of England. Standing on the banks of the River Medway, Upnor Castle is an Elizabethan artillery fort and comprises a triangular water... Read more >
Walmer Castle
Deal, Kent
Walmer Castle
The castle was built in the 16th century for Henry VIII, and forms part of a line of defence along the edge of the Downs. It has a low profile similar in design to nearby Deal castle. Gunpowder was becoming more widely used and high walls would only... Read more >