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15 Top Castles to Visit in England

A stunning view of Lewes Castle in Sussex, UK, with a blue sky in the background. 

England is a land of castles. From large defensive fortresses to beautiful Tudor mansions, ancient ruins, and even castle hotels, there’s no shortage of interesting castles in England. I’ve visited many English castles over the years and will let you know about some of the best ones to visit below.

Many of the castles of England have been remarkably well preserved and are located within acres of beautiful land. Despite their ages, it’s still possible to visit many of these historic buildings and ruins, and visiting England’s castles makes for a great day out for the whole family. With over 4,000 castles in England, I’ve helped narrow down the top picks within this guide.

15 Best Castles in England

I’ve grown up visiting castles in England, from the medieval Colchester Castle in my hometown to the windswept ruins of Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, and the beautiful Bodiam and Lewes Castles in East Sussex, plus many more. One thing’s for sure, you don’t have to go far to find a fairytale fortress in England.

In my list of the 15 best castles in England, you’ll discover a wide range of historic sites up and down the country. As a lover of history, architecture, and folklore, visiting any of England’s many castles is still one of my favorite weekend activities and there are still plenty more for me to discover I’m sure.

1. Windsor Castle (Most Famous Castle in England Overall)

Windsor is one of the most famous castles in England and is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It’s been home to the English (and later British) Royal Family for nearly 1,000 years, and is now home to around 150 residents including King Charles III, and is often used for state functions.

Construction of the castle started in 1070 on the orders of William the Conqueror and took 16 years to complete. It’s set within 13 acres of land 23 miles west of London. Windsor Castle is open to the public and with over 1,000,000 annual visitors, it’s the most popular castle in England.

Windsor Castle seen along the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park in England.

Getting to Windsor castle from London is easy with direct road and rail links (though there is no public car park so you’ll need to park in Windsor and walk 10 minutes to the castle). Trains depart London Waterloo hourly for Windsor and Eton Riverside from where it’s a 10-minute walk to the castle grounds. There are also many tours from London.

Windsor Castle Details and Information

Address: Windsor, SL4 1NJ
Phone: +44 (0)303 123…

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