Great British Houses: Kimbolton Castle – A Stunning Castle Turned Mansion in Cambridgeshire


A Norman castle, a Tudor manor house, a Georgian mansion, and finally, a public school. Kimbolton Castle has survived many centuries of change. The final resting place of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s divorced and banished Spanish Queen, … [Read more...]

Fit for a Queen: 10 Interesting Facts and Figures about Windsor Castle You Might Not Know


Originally built by King William I in the decade following the Battle of Hastings, today Windsor Castle is the largest castle still in use by a reigning monarch. Several monarchs have added onto William’s original castle over history, with more … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Warwick Castle – A Stunning Medival Stone Castle Preserved in Warwickshire


The site of Warwick Castle has a history that stretches way back to the year 914 when an Anglo-Saxon Burh was established by Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great. Throughout the next 1200 years, this plot of land and the buildings erected upon it … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Berkeley Castle – A Medieval Gothic Castle Famed For the Murder of Edward II

For anyone who still remembers their English History lessons, Berkeley Castle is a place of horror; a medieval gothic castle famed for being the setting of the grisly murder of Edward II and home to many a ghost with unfinished business. Remarkably, … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Alnwick Castle – An Iconic Castle in Northumberland Made Famous by Harry Potter


Overlooking the lush green meadows of the banks of the River Aln and dominating the small town of Alnwick in Northumberland is the vast medieval fortress of Alnwick Castle. The stark and dramatic exterior of the castle, the site of various battles … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Bolsover Castle – A Stunning Castle in Derbyshire That Played a Key Role in the English Civil War

Part 12th century medieval palace ruins and part 17th century Elizabethan renaissance mansion, Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire is a unique and internationally important structure. Once home to Cavalier playboy Sir William Cavendish who entertained King … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Balmoral Castle – Her Majesty The Queen’s Private Scottish Home


Balmoral Castle will forever be known as the happy family home of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children. An epic Scotch Baronial castle, fit for the Queen of Great Britain and grandmother of Europe, Balmoral Castle remains the … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Leeds Castle – “The Loveliest Castle in the World”


You can’t talk about the history of the English royal family in medieval times without taking a moment to acknowledge Leeds Castle. First a Norman stronghold, Leeds Castle has been the royal residence of six queens of Medieval Britain and if walls … [Read more...]

Dispatches from England: Travelogue: Day Out in Windsor


I'm normally a pretty serious travel planner. I like to read as much as I can about a destination in anticipation of making the most of a visit somewhere, and so that I know more about what I'm seeing once I get there. But I also try to embrace … [Read more...]

“Lights, Camera, Sacking!”: Top 5 Most Famous British Castles as Filming Locations


Since the inception of the filming industry in Britain and the United States, a great number of castles in the United Kingdom have provided the backdrop to historical pieces, period dramas, raucous comedies, and fantasy epics.  Whether you want to … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Laura Visits Enid Blyton Country and Corfe Castle in Dorset

The 'Famous Five' and Corfe Castle. Yes, an excellent photo opportunity.

The children's author Enid Blyton was born in south London and holidayed in Dorset three times a year for about twenty years. These happy trips inspired the 'Famous Five' series about siblings Julian, Dick and Ann, plus George (a tomboy who refused … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Exploring Windsor Castle – The Queen’s Favorite Home – London Day Trip

Me and a Coldstream Guard

Windsor Castle is The Queen's favourite weekend retreat and a perfect day trip from London as it's under an hour away by train. Highlights of a visit include The State Apartments, Changing of the Guard, Queen Mary's Dolls House – which even has … [Read more...]

Top 16 Best Castles in England With Beautiful Pictures – Top English Castles


When I think of England, I think castles. The first thing a lot of people think about England is castles and medieval fortresses. Despite England's fame for castles, there aren't actually that many that have survived intact. I've always dreamed of … [Read more...]