Below is a list of the Top England
Castles with websites, images and
reviews, such as the Tower of London ,
Windsor Castle , Warwick , Arundel ,
Alnwick and more.
Many castles in England were built
after the invasion of William the
Conqueror in 1066. Some were originally
built as wooden fortresses, then rebuilt
in stone over the next few centuries.
Most of the larger castles are
strategically placed to deal with
invasions from the Scots, Vikings, Welsh
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London built from 1066, in the
centre of London. The most notable
part of this castle is the four spire
White Tower, built for William the
Conqueror in 1078. This is the most
visited attraction in the UK. Here you
can view the crown jewels, films of
coronations, and hear about the many
prisoners held and executed within the
walls. Entry about £22 per adult.
Phone number 0844 482 7777.
built from 1066, 22 miles west of london.
Windsor Castle was originaly a mote and
bailey fortification built for William
the Conqueror after he took control of
England in 1066. Work to convert the
fortress to stone began during the reign
of King Henry II (1154-1189). King Henry
III (1216-1272) is also credited with
having the castle expanded. Successive
monarchs continued to extended the castle
into what is now the largest continually
inhabited castle in the world. Entry
about £22 per adult. Phone number
0303 123 7334.
SL4 1NJ .
built from 1068, 97 miles northwest of
London. From 1088, this castle belonged
to the Earl of Warwick, built to show his
power. Most of the castle that can be
seen today, was built between 1350 and
1400. The castle has interesting history,
being involved in the War of the Roses,
and English Civil War. There are many
events held each year. Entry about
£19 per adult. Phone number 0871 265
built from 1067, 63 miles south of
London. Arundel Castle was built for
Roger de Montgomery in 1067, who was
awarded the earldom of Arundel by William
the Conqueror. The castle was severely
damaged in the English Civil War of
1642–1651. Work to restore the
castle was carried out in the 1700s and
1800s. The castle is the home of the
Dukes of Norfolk, open to the public to
help fund the upkeep. Admission about
£13 to £22 per adult, depending
on how much you want to visit. Phone
number 01903 882 173.
built from 1150s, 77 miles southeast of
London. Dover Castle was built from the
1100s. It is situated at the narrowest
crossing between England and Europe,
leading to it being one of the main
castles in England. Much of what can be
seen today is from the reign of Henry II
1154-1189, or from the Napoleonic Wars in
the early 1800s. The castle has a number
of tunnels from the Napoleonic &
World Wars. Entry about £19 per
adult. Phone number 0370 333 1181.
built from 1119, 42 miles southeast of
London. In Kent by Maidstone, Leeds
Castle was built from 1119 for Robert de
Crevecoeur, to replace an earlier Saxon
manor house. The castle was used as a
royal palace in 1278 for King Edward I
and his queen, Eleanor of Castile. The
castle and grounds are open to the public
with an aviary, maze, grotto, golf course
and a unique museum of dog collars. Entry
about £25 per adult. Phone number
01622 765 400.
from 1096, 34 miles north of Newcastle.
Alnwick Castle is the home of the Duke of
Northumberland. The earliest parts of the
castle were built soon after the Norman
conquest of 1066, and used to protect the
north of England from Scottish invasions.
Visits to the castle increased
dramaticaly after it was used as Hogwarts
in the Harry Potter films. Entry about
£14 per adult. Phone number 01665
from 1070s, 17 miles south of Newcastle.
Durham Castle was built in the 1070s for
the Norman's as they began taking control
of all areas of England. Since 1840, the
castle been used to house the University
College of Durham. Durham Castle is a
UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with
Cathedral, a short distance across
the impressive Palace
Green. Tours are about £5 per
adult. Phone number 0191 334 3800.
DH1 3RW .
Castle from 1060s, 51 miles north
of Newcastle. Bamburgh Castle is situated
on a basalt outcrop, where early Britons
had a wooden fortress before. That old
fort was destroyed by the Vikings in 993.
Archaeologists have been working on the
site since 1996, with the top finds being
a gold plaque known as the Bamburgh
Beast, and the Bamburgh Sword. Entry
about £11 per adult. Phone number
01668 214 515.
Castle built from 1550, 61 miles
north of Newcastle. Lindisfarne Castle is
situated on Holy Island, 14 miles south
of Berwick-upon-Tweed, in Northumberland.
The castle was modernized for Sir Edwin
Lutyens in 1901. The island can be
reached during a low tide by a causeway.
Lindisfarne Castle is situated close to
the Scotland border. This saw it involved
in battles with the Scots, as well as
being attacked by Vikings. Entry about
£7 per adult. Phone number 01289 389