Explore all the castles England has to offer
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Perched on a rocky crag high above Cheshire you will find Beeston Castle, a former royal abode that still retains its imposing grandeur. Explore the plunging well thought to hide Richard II’s lost treasure, and take advantage of the dazzling photo opportunities from the top of the steps. Cheshire is also home to the enchanting grounds of Tatton Park, not to mention the famous Chester Zoo.
Further south you’ll find one of the most awe-inspiring castles in England: Tintagel Castle. These dramatic Cornish ruins offer a fascinating insight into the past (as well as a link to King Arthur!), and have inspired centuries of writers and artists. When you take in the view from the castle’s vantage point, it isn’t hard to see why: jagged cliffs and crashing waves-galore.
England’s southern counties are famous for their stunning sea views, making them perfect for castle holidays. From Cornwall to West Sussex, visitors can explore vast beaches and sample fresh seafood, all between visits to historic landmarks. That isn’t to say that castle holidays are lacking further north. In Merseyside, in fact, you can even stay in a castle!
Leasowe Castle is a grade II listed building set among luxurious grounds. Boasting tranquil gardens and inspiring sea views, it’s the perfect base for exploring this area of England. Take in a guided tour of Leasowe lighthouse, explore the bustling city of Liverpool or visit the eerie Antony Gormley sculptures at Crosby beach. Wildlife-lovers can also head to the National Trust’s Formby reserve – one of England’s last strongholds for the red squirrel.
One of the best things about castle breaks is their combination of luxury and history. Nowhere is this truer than in Bristol, where you’ll find one of the most impressive castle hotels in England.
16th century Thornbury Castle is, literally, a hotel fit for a king, as it was once the home of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Now, its stately beauty and proximity to the Cotswolds make it an idyllic retreat for those on castle breaks in England. Take a stroll through the manicured grounds, book a massage or pull on your boots to explore the surrounding countryside. Clifton Observatory and Slimbridge Wetland Centre are particular highlights.
With so many English castles to visit, and so many things to do right across the country, why not turn your break into a castle road trip? Take a look at the itineraries, below, to spark your imagination.