Good castles to visit in the UK

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  • mrpon 28 Jul 2008 16:29:36 27,645 posts
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    As subject really.

    Cheers.

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  • tombo 28 Jul 2008 16:30:18 2,078 posts
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    I know a cracking owl sanctuary.
  • LeoliansBro 28 Jul 2008 16:30:22 41,864 posts
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    What do you want from a castle? Ruined - Dunstanburgh. Solid - Windsor, Leeds, Bamburgh, Castle Drogo.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • mrpon 28 Jul 2008 16:31:32 27,645 posts
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    Got a relative coming over from Canada who's never seen one before, so I'm guessing WOW factor really.

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  • JuanKerr 28 Jul 2008 16:31:43 36,094 posts
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    Windsor is a good start, nice town too.

    There's also a shit load of big country houses which, in my opinion, are as good as some castles.

    I can highly recommend Kentwell Hall. Beautiful building in a stunning town in Suffolk.

  • TheSaint 28 Jul 2008 16:31:53 13,629 posts
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    Tower of London.
  • LeoliansBro 28 Jul 2008 16:31:53 41,864 posts
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    Where do you live?

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • BanjoMan 28 Jul 2008 16:32:26 13,730 posts
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    Leeds Castle... which is in Kent.

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  • mrpon 28 Jul 2008 16:32:40 27,645 posts
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    Leolian'sBro wrote:
    Where do you live?
    Yer gonna bring it to me?

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • TheSaint 28 Jul 2008 16:35:26 13,629 posts
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    Castle Grayskull.
  • Whizzo 28 Jul 2008 16:35:58 42,760 posts
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    Corfe Castle is probably my favourite, it's a ruin but you can see how superb it would have been to defend in with the hill it's on.

    Plus the tea room at the bottom does great cream teas, bonus!

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  • LeoliansBro 28 Jul 2008 16:36:17 41,864 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    Leolian'sBro wrote:
    Where do you live?
    Yer gonna bring it to me?

    Helpful stuff. Unless you fancied travelling half way across the country I figured it would narrow the search.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Razz 28 Jul 2008 16:37:01 59,994 posts
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    Elephant and Castle is awesome.

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  • nickthegun 28 Jul 2008 16:37:39 55,849 posts
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    Not strictly a castle, but nothing says 'England' like chatsworth.

    The tour of the manor is pretty good and the grounds are just breathtaking. If its nice weather you can go for a swim in the river.

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  • Nasty 28 Jul 2008 16:39:41 4,726 posts
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    Eilean Donan Castle is cracking place. Nice drive to get there too.

    Edit:GET OUT MY HEAD!

  • mrpon 28 Jul 2008 16:40:41 27,645 posts
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    Leolian'sBro wrote:
    mrpon wrote:
    Leolian'sBro wrote:
    Where do you live?
    Yer gonna bring it to me?

    Helpful stuff. Unless you fancied travelling half way across the country I figured it would narrow the search.
    Haha, Cheshire - so toying with the idea of Wales possibly?

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • magicpanda 28 Jul 2008 16:41:33 13,007 posts
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    Corfe is great!

    Tintagel in Devon/Cornwall is good as is one in Wales who's name I can't remember at the moment, it's more folly than castle but still, looks kewl.
  • glaeken 28 Jul 2008 16:42:02 10,976 posts
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    Dover Castle is pretty cool. Fantastic location on top of the white Cliff's and you have everything from Roman ruins to WW2 stuff.

    http://www.primrosecottageholidays.co.uk/custom/kent_dover_castle.jpg

    Also Bamburgh castle also has a nice location.

    http://www.geraintsmith.com/potd/images29/bamburgh_castle.jpg

  • mrpon 28 Jul 2008 16:43:26 27,645 posts
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    Magic Panda wrote:
    ..as is one in Wales who's name I can't remember at the moment
    Think man, think!!!

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  • NOSAVIOUR 28 Jul 2008 16:44:09 2,802 posts
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    Corfe and Tintagel. Nuff said
  • JuanKerr 28 Jul 2008 16:44:09 36,094 posts
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    mrpon wrote:

    Haha, Cheshire - so toying with the idea of Wales possibly?

    Get your arse down south This is literally just down the road from Kentwell Hall.

  • Pinewood_Groves 28 Jul 2008 16:45:28 1,347 posts
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    Chillingham Castle is slightly dull in that it's been modernised inside, and people live there, but it does have a horribly disturbing medieval torture chamber.
  • LeoliansBro 28 Jul 2008 16:45:55 41,864 posts
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    Caernarvon Castle is great, and within striking distance of you. There should be a fair few around there anyway as Edward I built a line of the buggers in the 12th Century to keep the Welsh from marauding and fucking shit up.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Pinewood_Groves 28 Jul 2008 16:46:33 1,347 posts
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    By the way, ignore 'down south' boy above. The North East is the place to go if you want to see castles.
  • el-bandito 28 Jul 2008 16:46:44 495 posts
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    Caernarfon Castle and Conway are good 'un 'fairly' close to each other in North Wales...
  • StarchildHypocrethes 28 Jul 2008 16:46:59 24,559 posts
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    +1 for both Corfe and the Tower of London
  • Aranel 28 Jul 2008 16:47:19 669 posts
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    I quite like Mountfitchet castle (near Stansted). It's an iron age fort with plenty of history (for example in 1066, it was attacked by Normans).

    I also like the fact there are loads of animals wandering around which you can feed including a blind deer, loads of different types of chickens, sheep, goats and ducks :)
  • Nexus_6 28 Jul 2008 16:47:58 3,832 posts
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    Dunottar Castle on the east coast of scotland is fucking supreme.
  • JuanKerr 28 Jul 2008 16:48:36 36,094 posts
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    Aranel wrote:
    I quite like Mountfitchet castle (near Stansted). It's an iron age fort with plenty of history (for example in 1066, it was attacked by Normans).

    I also like the fact there are loads of animals wandering around which you can feed including a blind deer, loads of different types of chickens, sheep, goats and ducks :)

    Heh, I know the bloke who owns that - spent a lot of my childhood at that place and used to go there as they were building it!
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