Below is a list of the Top England
Castles with websites, images and
reviews, such as the Tower of London ,
Windsor Castle , Warwick , Arundel ,
Alnwick and more.
Many Castles in England were built
after the invasion of William the
Conqueror in 1066. Some were originally
built as Wooden Fortresses, then rebuilt
in Stone over the next few centuries.
Most of the larger Castles are
strategically placed to deal with
invasions from the Scots, Vikings, Welsh
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Built from 1066, in the centre of
London. The most notable part
of this Castle is the four spire White
Tower, built for William the Conqueror in
1078. This is the most visited attraction
in the UK. Here you can view the Crown
Jewels, films of coronations, and hear
about the many prisoners held and
executed within the walls. Entry about
£30 per adult. Phone number 020 3166
6000. Large Image
Built from 1066, 22 miles west of London
in the small town of Windsor.
Windsor Castle was originaly a mote and
bailey fortification built for William
the Conqueror after he took control of
England in 1066. Work to convert the
fortress to stone began during the reign
of King Henry II (1154-1189). King Henry
III (1216-1272) is also credited with
having the Castle expanded. Successive
monarchs continued to extended the Castle
into what is now the largest continually
inhabited Castle in the world. Entry
about £24 per adult. Phone number
0303 123 7334. Large
SL4 1NJ .
Built from 1068, 97 miles northwest of
London in the town of Warwick.
This castle belonged to the Earl of
Warwick, built to show his power. Most of
the Castle that can be seen today, was
built between 1350 and 1400. The Castle
has interesting history, being involved
in the War of the Roses, and English
Civil War. There are many events held
each year. Entry about £20 per
adult. Phone number 01926 406 610.
Built from 1067, 63 miles south of London
in the town of Arundel.
Arundel Castle was built for Roger de
Montgomery in 1067, who was awarded the
earldom of Arundel by William the
Conqueror. The Castle was severely
damaged in the English Civil War of
1642–1651. Work to restore the
Castle was carried out in the 1700s and
1800s. The Castle is the home of the
Dukes of Norfolk, open to the public to
help fund the upkeep. Admission about
£13 to £23 per adult, depending
on how much you want to visit. Phone
number 01903 882 173. Large
Built from 1150s, 77 miles southeast of
London in the town of Dover.
Dover Castle was built from the 1100s. It
is situated at the narrowest crossing
between England and Europe, leading to it
being one of the main Castles in England.
Much of what can be seen today is from
the reign of Henry II 1154-1189, or from
the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s.
The Castle has a number of tunnels from
the Napoleonic & World Wars. Entry
about £12 per adult. Phone number
0370 333 1181. Large
Built from 1119, 42 miles southeast of
London in Kent by Maidstone. Leeds Castle was
built from 1119 for Robert de Crevecoeur,
to replace an earlier Saxon manor house.
The castle was used as a royal palace in
1278 for King Edward I and his queen,
Eleanor of Castile. The castle and
grounds are open to the public with an
aviary, maze, grotto, golf course and a
unique museum of dog collars. Entry about
£28 per adult. Phone number 01622
765 400. Large
Built from 1096, 34 miles north of
Newcastle at the town of Alnwick. Alnwick Castle is the
home of the Duke of Northumberland. The
earliest parts of the Castle were built
soon after the Norman conquest of 1066,
and used to protect the north of England
from Scottish invasions. Visits to the
Castle increased dramaticaly after it was
used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter
films. Entry about £19 per adult.
Phone number 01665 511 100. Large
RS Page . NE66 1NQ
Built from 1070s, 17 miles south of
Newcastle in the small city of Durham.
Durham Castle was built in the 1070s for
the Norman's as they began taking control
of all areas of England. Since 1840, the
castle been used to house the University
College of Durham. Durham Castle is a
UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with
Cathedral, a short distance across
the impressive Palace
Green. Tours are about £5 per
adult. Phone number 0191 334 2932.
DH1 3RW .
Built from 1060s, 51 miles north of
Newcastle at the town of Bamburgh. Bamburgh Castle is
situated on a basalt outcrop, where early
Britons had a wooden fortress before.
That old fort was destroyed by the
Vikings in 993. Archaeologists have been
working on the site since 1996, with the
top finds being a gold plaque known as
the Bamburgh Beast, and the Bamburgh
Sword. The present Castle was built from
the 1070s as a Royal Castle with a number
of Governors over the centuries, now
owned by the northeast Industrial family
Armstrong. Entry about £13 per
adult. Phone number 01668 214 208.
RS Page . NE69 7DF
Built from 1540s, 61 miles north of
Newcastle. Lindisfarne Castle
is situated on Holy Island, 14 miles
south of Berwick-upon-Tweed, in
Northumberland. King Henry VIII had a
Fort built here in the 1540s to help
repel Scots invasions, with Queen
Elizabeth I upgrading that Fort into the
Castle seen today. The Castle was
modernized for Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901.
The Island can be reached during a low
tide by a Causeway. Lindisfarne Castle is
situated close to the Scotland border,
this saw it involved in battles with the
Scots, as well as being attacked by
Vikings. Entry about £8 per adult.
Phone number 01289 389 244. Large
RS Page . TD15 2SH