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Kilkenny Castle
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle stands high above the River Nore in Kilkenny City. You will see it peeping out from between trees on your approach to the city, and if you are lucky enough to be here at night, its light will guide you home. Originally built as a fortress by William Marshall in 1207, over the […]

Dinefwr Castle
English Castles Amy Green 

Dinefwr Castle

Dinefwr Castle is a 12th century fortified castle located on the banks of the River Gwaun in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The earliest surviving parts of Dinefwr Castle date from around 1155, and by 1178 it was home to Welsh ruler Rhys ap Gruffydd along with his wife Margaret. The castle was constructed by Rhese ap Tewdws, […]

Carrickfergus Castle
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrikfergus, or Carrickfergus, is a large walled town in County Antrim Northern Ireland. It has a population of around 13,000. The main attraction in the area is of course Carrickfergus Castle. Just 10 miles from Belfast means that it is doable as a day trip from Belfast city. Welcome to Carrickfergus The name of the […]

Chepstow Castle
Welsh Castles Amy Green 

Chepstow Castle

Chepstow Castle has been a landmark of the Wyre Forest for centuries. The imposing red sandstone castle dominates its hilltop, and is visible from miles around. Located in Chepstow, this surviving medieval castle has experienced Norman occupation and war in the form of a Civil War siege in 1648. The original Norman motte-and-bailey castle was […]

Visiting Stirling Castle
English Castles Amy Green 

Visiting Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland.Hundreds of years ago, Stirling Castle was a stronghold for Scottish Kings and Princes. Today you can explore the rooms and passages that still have medieval features including moss-covered walls, dungeons, huge fireplaces and a gridiron. There are cannon and gun displays and a […]

Ross Castle Kilarney
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Ross Castle Kilarney

Ross Castle Kilarney is a historical castle in Counties Kerry and Cork, on the Iveragh Peninsula in southwestern Ireland. It was built near the end of the thirteenth century by Maurice de Cogan, following the Norman conquest of Ireland. The present ruins date from about 1400. Ross Castle was seized by the Geraldines, who were […]

Caerlaverock Castle
English Castles Amy Green 

Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock is a castle in the Dumfries and Galloway area of Scotland. The earliest record of this site dates back to 1150, and it was given to John de Moreville by Alexander II. In 1296 Caerlaverock Castle was seized by King Edward I of England. The English army spent two days stripping everything they could […]

Donegal Castle
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Donegal Castle

Donegal Castle is the headquarters of Donegal County Council and home to a substantial exhibition about the castle, its origins, architecture, archaeology and history. Visitors to Donegal are welcome with advance bookings, tours are conducted by guide and visitors can take part in the castle’s audio-visual tour. Visitors may also avail of a guided tour […]

Tenby Castle
Welsh Castles Amy Green 

Tenby Castle

Hidden between the bustling streets and promenades of Tenby’s old town, its imposing stone steps and towering turrets can be seen from many vantage points around the bay. Built in 1290 as a defence against the Welsh, it was one of south Wales’s earliest medieval castles. Besieged during Owain Glyndwr’s rebellion in 1403, during which […]

Dudley Castle
English Castles Amy Green 

Dudley Castle

Dudley Castle is an English medieval castle located in Dudley in the West Midlands. It was built by Earl William de Ferrers, who died before its completion, and it subsequently became a royal castle and one of the most important military fortresses of England. Dudley Castle had grown in importance over the centuries as successive […]