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Oswestry Castle
English Castles Amy Green 

Oswestry Castle

If you’re looking for a place to explore England in, Oswestry Castle is an excellent choice. This two-hour drive from Birmingham and just under four hours from London, it’s not a particularly long journey. A lot of people who come here are visiting the border town of Oswestry, but never venture into the castle. We […]

Kildrummy Castle
Scottish Castles Amy Green 

Kildrummy Castle

Kildrummy Castle is a tower house in the parish of Kildrummy near Braemar in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, about 10 miles west of Ballater. History of Kildrummy Castle The castle was originally constructed by John Erskine, Earl of Mar around 1420 and it has been inhabited by various earls of Mar since then. The castle has only […]

Cardiff Castle
Welsh Castles Amy Green 

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle was erected in 1090 by Robert FitzHamon on a bluff overlooking the river Taff. Covering an area of 189,000 sq ft (17,800 sq meters), it is the largest medieval castle in Europe apart from Windsor Castle and includes concentric rings of defences, including two moats and a series of towers and curtain walls. […]

Powis Castle
English Castles Amy Green 

Powis Castle

If you’re a fan of castles and want to visit one that’s both stunning and a bit off the beaten path, Powis Castle in Montgomeryshire should be on your list. This castle features turrets, battlements, secret passages, and a riotous range of color. Constructed in the 13th Century for the powerful lords of Powis this […]

Scottish Castles Amy Green 

Aboyne Castle

Aboyne Castle is a Scottish baronial castle in the village of Aboyne, near Ballater, in Aberdeenshire. The original castle was built by the Frasers of Oliver in around 1240. Built of hard pink sandstone it has a square tower with some round turrets and was surrounded on four sides by a moat which can still […]

St Andrews Castle
English Castles Amy Green 

St Andrews Castle

The original castle was under the jurisdiction of the monks of St Andrews Priory. It was a relatively modest structure that guards prevented unauthorised access to the priory’s orchard (now in ruins). In 1078, Queen Margaret built a fortified palace within the castle, which acted as London’s royal residence until King John’s accession in 1199. […]

Bristol Castle
English Castles Amy Green 

Bristol Castle

Bristol castle is an iconic landmark that has remained a central feature of the city’s skyline for centuries, while also providing protection against invaders. This article explores some of the lesser-known facts about the castle and its past. The first notable mention of Bristol Castle is in 1173 when it was granted to Robert Fitzharding […]

Skipton Castle
English Castles Amy Green 

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle is a large manor house with gardens in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England. Its origins date to the thirteenth century when it was built for the De Lacy family. It has formed part of a local college campus since 1967 and is now open to visitors on some days. The entrance to Skipton Castle […]

Roscommon Castle
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Roscommon Castle

Roscommon, Ireland might not be on your list when you think about Irish places worth visiting but it shouldn’t be disregarded. Located in the middle of Ireland, Roscommon should be on your list of places to visit, especially if you are interested in the Norman history and heritage that it has to offer. Roscommon Castle […]

Grosmont Castle
Welsh Castles Amy Green 

Grosmont Castle

Grosmont Castle is perhaps the most impressive and best-preserved Norman castle in Britain. Grosmont Castle occupies a natural defensive position upon a bend of the River Gaunless. The earliest surviving work at Grosmont belongs to the late 11th century or early 12th century, when William de Forz, Earl of Albemarle (d. 1090) built a motte […]