Warwick Castle – Castle Review

Built:  1068 Location: Warwick CV34 4QU History: Warwick Castle  is a medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, England, situated on a bend of the River Avon. The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. During the Hundred Years…

Kenilworth Castle – Castle Review

Built:  1120s Location: Castle Green, Kenilworth CV8 1NG History: Kenilworth is one of England’s most magnificent castles. First built in the 1120s and a royal castle for most of its history, it was expanded by King John, John of Gaunt and Henry V. In 1563 Elizabeth I granted it to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who converted Kenilworth…

Bamburgh Castle – Castle Review

Built:  It started with the realm’s foundation in c.420 until 547 and continued to grow ever since that day. Location: Northumberland Coast AONB, Bamburgh NE69 7DF History: Bamburgh’s written history begins in the times of the Anglo-Saxons with one chronicler citing Bamburgh as probably the most important place in all of England. But even before this there were…

Conwy Castle – Castle Review

Built:  1283-1289 Location: Rose Hill St, Conwy LL32 8AY History: Built for Edward I, by Master James of St George, the castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. In a word, exceptional. You can’t fault it, from the grandeur of its high towers and curtain walls to its excellent state of preservation. An estimated…

Raglan Castle – Castle Review

Built:  Begun in 1435, but not completed until a lot later Location: Raglan Castle, Castle Rd, Raglan NP15 2BT History: The first part of Raglan built by Sir William was the Great Tower, a moated tower keep contained within the castle walls, and only reachable from within the castle itself. So impressive was this Great Tower that it…

Dunstanburgh Castle – Castle Review

Built: Built between 1313 and finished in 1322 Location: Dunstanburgh Rd, Alnwick NE66 3TT History: Built on the most magnificent scale, Dunstanburgh Castle stands on a remote headland in Northumberland. The castle was built at a time when relations between King Edward II and his most powerful baron, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, had become openly hostile. Lancaster began…

Alnwick Castle – Castle Review

Built: 1096 Location: Alnwick NE66 1NQ History: Alnwick Castle is a castle and stately home in Alnwick in the English county of Northumberland. It is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, built following the Norman conquest, and renovated and remodelled a number of times. It is a Grade I listed building and as of 2012 received over 800,000 visitors per year There has been a castle recorded on this…

Acton Burnell – Castle Review

Built:  Built between 1284 and 1293 Location: Acton Burnell Castle, Acton Burnell SY5 7PF History: The Burnell family of Acton Burnell held land in Shropshire from the 1180s, though it was a century later that Robert Burnell came to prominence. Entering royal service as a clerk to Henry III’s son Prince Edward, he rose to become Chancellor…

Ludlow Castle – Castle Review

Built: 1086 Location: Castle Sq, Ludlow SY8 1AY History: The castle was probably founded by Walter de Lacy after the Norman conquest and was one of the first stone castles to be built in England. During the civil war of the 12th century, the castle changed hands several times between the de Lacy’s and rival claimants and was further fortified with a Great Tower and a large outer…

Warkworth Castle – Castle Review

Built: 1150s Location: Castle Terrace, Warkworth NE65 0UJ History: Warkworth Castle and Hermitage form one of the most unusual pairs of medieval monuments in Britain. The castle was probably laid out in its present form in about 1200 and was the favoured residence of the powerful Percy family from the 14th to the 17th centuries. As the…

Caernarfon Castle

Built: Late 11th Century Location: Caernarfon, Gwynedd, North-West Wales History: While the castle was under construction, town walls were built around Caernarfon. The work cost between £20,000 and £25,000 from the start until the end of work in 1330. Despite Caernarfon Castle’s external appearance of being mostly complete, the interior buildings no longer survive and many of the building plans…

Carreg Cennen

Built: Around the 13th Century Location: Trapp, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, South Wales History: The site may well have been used by the Romans, as finds of Roman coins and even earlier skeletons have been made here. Lord Rhys (Rhys of Deheubarth) built a more permanent castle here in the late 12th century, though it was taken by Edward I of England…