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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 and Europeans.

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Tower of London
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.
Website . Wiki . EC3N 4AB . Hotels

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Windsor Castle
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.
Website . Wiki . SL4 1NJ . Hotels

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Warwick Castle
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.
Website . Wiki . CV34 4QU . Hotels

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Arundel Castle
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.
Website . Wiki . BN18 9AB . Hotels

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Dover Castle
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.
Website . Wiki . CT16 1HU . Hotels

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Leeds Castle
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.
Website . Wiki . ME17 1PL . Hotels

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Alnwick Castle
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.
Website . RS Page . NE66 1NQ . Hotels

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Durham Castle
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 Durham Cathedral, a short distance across the impressive Palace Green. Tours are about £5 per adult. Phone number 0191 334 2932.
Website . Wiki . DH1 3RW . Hotels

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Bamburgh Castle
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.
Website . RS Page . NE69 7DF . Hotels

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Lindisfarne Castle
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.
Website . RS Page . TD15 2SH . Hotels

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