Famous Castles of England

Famous Castles of England
Perhaps the most famous thing England is known for is its royalty and castles. There are numerous castles worth visiting throughout England. Most of these castles no longer belong to the royal family, although some still do and are still in use. Many castle grounds are surrounded by beautiful gardens for strolling and appreciating the local wildlife.
 

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle was built in 1119. It didn't pass into royal hands until 1278, when it became part of the dower for the Queen of England. Henry VIII was a frequent visitor to the castle, which passed back into private ownership when King Henry's son Edward VI gave the castle to one of his courtiers. There are numerous things to see and do at Leeds Castle. Enjoy a stroll through the castle's many gardens or stop by the aviary to see a variety of exotic birds, such as the von der Decken Hornbill. There is also a giant maze that leads to a grotto that features mythical beasts made from shells and minerals.

Leeds Castle
Maidstone
Kent
ME17 1PL
United Kingdom
011 (+44) 1622 765 400
http://www.leeds-castle.com

 
 

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle was first built by William the Conqueror in 1068. The castle was originally a motte-and-bailey fort. However, in the 13th century, it was rebuilt in stone. Today, the castle is owned by the Tussauds' group. Within the grounds, visitors will find the conservatory, which is the castle's centerpiece. In front of the conservatory is the Peacock garden. You can also see the original mound built back in 1068. There is also the Victorian Rose garden as well as the picturesque river Avon. Be sure to keep an eye out for the trebuchet, a re-creation of the 13th century siege machine, which shoots twice a day at Warwick Castle's River Island.

Warwick Castle
Castle Hill
Warwick
Warwickshire
CV34 4QU
United Kingdom
011 (+44) 870 442 2000
http://www.warwick-castle.co.uk

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is a working palace, which has been home to royalty for more than 900 years. It is one of the official residences of the Queen of England. According to the website of the British monarchy, over a monthlong period in Easter, the Queen takes up residence at Windsor Castle. The site of Windsor Castle was chosen by William the Conqueror around the 1070s. It was rebuilt out of stone a hundred years later. Be sure to see the changing of the guard while you're there. Nearby is Windsor Great Park, which sits on 5,000 acres and is accessible for horseback riding and fishing.

Windsor Castle
Windsor
SL41NJ
United Kingdom
011 (+44) 20 7766 7304
http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/default.asp?action=article&ID=34#combined

 

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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