When visiting the UK, we often hear about how beautiful London is and that this is the to-go place if you want action and beautiful views, especially from The Shard. But aside from visiting the city, exploring the beautiful castles in the UK is one you should never miss.
Here are some of the castles to visit to learn more about the rich culture and history of the UK:
Built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, this more than a thousand years castle, now in ruins, signifies the long and colourful history of England. Standing in the rolling Purbeck Hills, this structure was damaged during the English Civil War. While there, you can see scenic views as the Swanage steam train passes.
Regarded as the most popular castle in England, this majestic stronghold can be found in Scotland. Lying on top of a volcanic rock, this structure was built as a defensive barrier and was then transformed into a historic monument. After seeing the picturesque beauty from above, you can descend to the Esplanade to discover different architectural styles and see the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Try to be there in time for the One O’Clock Gun for the daily salute.
Carreg Cennen Castle
Open from 9am to 5 pm, this ruin is worth a visit when you are in Wales. Get your muscles working as you ascend the structure positioned on limestone cliffs above the Cennen River. While great landscapes await you, the best experience you can have is the descent to the cave below that is in pitch darkness. Explore the cave that used to be a shelter with a torch you can rent when you get there.
Other castles to visit can be found in Ireland, Berkshire and Warwickshire, which is the location of the Warwick Castle, the easiest destination to visit if you are coming from London.