5 Best UK Castles to Visit: from Amberley Castle to Alfred’s Tower

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Best UK Castles to Visit: from Amberley Castle to Alfred’s Tower

Best UK Castles to Visit: from Amberley Castle to Alfred’s Tower: The UK is famous not only for its majestic natural landscapes, untouched cultural background, and various entertainment. The area also prides itself on numerous stunning castles scattered all around the territory. So, why not visit several of the most popular ones? Check out our list of the 5 best UK castles to spice up your holidays!

1. Amberley Castle

In the village of Amberley, West Sussex stands the magnificent 12th-century manor, initially built for the bishops of Chichester. Nowadays, the castle offers fine dining and touring the corridors full of museum-worthy artifacts. 

There is also a very attractive terrace and room for private functions. Speaking of, you can even host weddings here at Amberley Castle! So, a tour here is quite the luxurious one, and may not be what you would usually expect from this kind of sightseeing. It even includes lunch and afternoon tea, so you definitely do not want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

2. Best UK Castles to Visit: from Amberley Castle to Alfred’s Tower: Windsor Castle

Probably the best-known castle in all of the UK is the one occupied by Queen Elizabeth II. Windsor is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, so visiting it while you are here is absolutely essential! 

Your ticket to Windsor Castle allows you to enter State Apartments, a magnificent establishment decorated with the most stunning artwork of the Royal Collection. You will be able to admire Van Dyck’s paintings and works of Rubens and Wedgewood porcelain. 

Do not miss seeing Queen’s Mary Doll’s House, the largest dollhouse in the world and, of course, the place of the most important royal occasions – St. George’s Chapel.

If you happen to be here at 11 am, you will also get to witness the iconic Changing the Guard ceremony! 

Best UK Castles to Visit: from Amberley Castle to Alfred’s Tower

3. Edinburgh Castle

The most majestic and famous castle is located at the heart of Scotland’s capital city. The giant, dominating the country’s skyline, is one of the most important monuments, so this visit is a must! 

March right up to the gate and take up the guided visits, either with a guide or audio. You will get to learn some fascinating history about the castle and Scotland itself! The oldest part of it, St. Margaret’s Chapel, dates from the 12th century, and the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510. However, the most exciting piece of history tourists travel miles and miles for, are the Crown Jewels of Scotland. Otherwise known as the Honours of Scotland, they are the regalia worn by Scottish kings and queens at their coronations. 

We suggest you make this the very first stop of your trip to Scotland

Also, the city is a very comfortable location to reach or connect with other UK cities, too! For example, check out the train from Edinburgh to London.

Best UK Castles to Visit: from Amberley Castle to Alfred’s Tower

 

4. Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle in England is a wonderful choice if you want to spend a day out! Night too, but more on that later.

The castle is best known for its rich history and fantastic preservation, given it was built in the 11th century. Make sure to visit the Great Hall and the State Rooms, as well as the other famous areas. Also, you can enjoy natural landscapes at the top of the mound, which is especially lovely at sunset! 

A great advantage is that the grounds are also suitable for children as there are many attractions for them. 

Getting back to spending time at night there – you can actually stay overnight if daytime is not enough for you! Who knew that a castle would be a good campsite?

5. King Alfred’s Tower

Set in Somerset, on the edge of the border of Wiltshire, King Alfred’s Tower is a folly that belongs to National Trust and is designated as a grade I listed building.

Initially, the tower was built to commemorate the end of the Seven Year War, and now it is one of the most popular sightseeing objects in the area. 

Also, stretch your legs! Then, you can climb the 250 steps to the very top, where you will be stunned by the panoramic landscape of the surroundings!

There you go! Now you can appreciate your fairytale-like holiday like an actual character in a book – your story is complete with magical places and great, majestic castles. So do not hesitate any longer and fill your itinerary with these giants, and off to enjoy your travels!

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