England brings a very beautiful image when brought back to the medieval period. It offers such a vast and detailed history that it’s amazing to read and learn about it. In the medieval period the feudal system was present in England and dynastic families were the rulers. In order to protect themselves, their loved ones or the community, they built castles.
Many of the castles are still standing till this present day and could be visited. Each has it’s own unique and beautiful way of display. Here we shall discuss the top 7 castles in England which are worth to be checked out once in your life.
Here is the official touristic website of this castle: https://www.warwick-castle.com/
This is a castle built by William the Conqueror in 1068 once he established his rule over England. But at first, the majority of the castles were built with wood and later made into stone. This castle was covered into stone in the 12 century. As time passed, this castle got a significant amount of attention. The castle is located in Warwick town, in central England.
Even though this castle has seen some major changes over the years, it still holds a good amount of it’s original history and it’s beautifully displayed.
2. Tower of London
Official Website: http://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/#gs.D41qh8g
The Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It was founded around 1066 with the Norman Invasion of England, and it shares a close founding time period with the Warwick Castle. This castle has played such a huge and important role in English history. It was well known for a majority of things, such as the Princes in the Tower. This castle served as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie and for other purposes as well.
3. Bodiam Castle
This castle is located in the Southeastern part of England. It was built in a the late medieval period in the year 1385. This castle would serve as a defense fort because of it being built at a strategic place. The reason for this was the Hundred Years war and it helped serve for defense against French invasion.
The castle also had it’s purpose in the war of the roses. It was a well built castle in the right place and it was open to the public in 1925. It could be visited today and it’s worth checking out.
4. Leeds Castle
This castle is very interesting because it is placed on a well strategic position. It was built on an island having a huge advantage when it came to the defense of this castle. It has been open to the public since 1976.
5. Rochester Castle
This castle is located in the Southeastern part of England, in Kent. It was built in 1088 century and what is pretty interesting about this castle was the tower which is preserved from the time it was created in the 12 century, and it stands today. It’s one of the most preserved in whole of England and France. This castle has seen some historical events, such as the first and second Baron’s war, it played and important role in both of them. This castle was opened in 1870 to the public.
6. Dover Castle
This castle has huge role in the history of England. It has one of the best strategical placements for defense. It is called “The Key of England” because it played such an important rule in numerous encounters. Also it is considered one of the largest castles in England at the time being.
It’s pretty interesting about this castle because the foundations were added by the Romans in 43 A.D. as a fort for strategic location and placement. There have been numerous findings confirming this claim. It served many English kings as well, such as Henry II and it also played a huge role in the Napoleonic period.
7. Alnwick Castle
This castle is the home for the Duke of Northumberland, it’s located in the English county of Northumberland. It served as a protective building for the this particular dynastic family.
It’s located in the North part of England close to the territory of the Scottish Kingdom. It’s mentioned in many sources in the XII Century. This castle is considered one of the most visited castle in England with over 800 000 visits per year.