England's Castle treasuresExplore the history of England with a visit to one of these magnificent castles
Explore the history of England
Whether you are looking for a relaxed day out, or to uncover the depths of England's past, these historic castles are an ideal way to do either or both. Each location has unique activities for all ages and their own private gardens ready for you to explore.
We’ve picked 6 castles which have been VisitEngland Assessed to ensure excellent customer experiences at every location.
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
This stunning Norman castle rises from a rocky outcrop on the coastline of Northumberland. It has nine acres of land, halls and a large collection of armour with activities held throughout the day. The castle’s guarded walls have witnessed some of the darkest tales of royal rivalry and legends, with over two thousand years of exhilarating history.
Hever Castle, Kent
Discover over 700 years of history in the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, built in 1270. With its traditional décor and tall ceilings, the castle has some of the finest furniture, tapestries and paintings of the era. The castle is surrounded by award-winning gardens, which include 100-year old mazes. You can also enjoy a boat trip across the nearby lake.
Arundel Castle and Gardens, West Sussex
This beautiful castle stands proudly on a hill with breathtaking views across the River Arun and out to sea. The castle and stately home was owned by the Dukes of Norfolk for nearly 1,000 years, and boasts well-kept flower and vegetable gardens. You can discover some of the finest 16th-century furniture and artwork as well as the cherished possessions of Mary, Queen of Scots. There are also ‘living history’ events that are suitable for all ages which you can enjoy while exploring the grounds.
Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire
Enjoy a fun day out at the oldest English castle to be inhabited by the same family that built it, almost 900 years ago. Some of the darkest events in British history took place here, including Edward II’s murder in 1327. When visiting, you can walk through eight acres of gardens and grounds and discover the beautiful Tropical Butterfly House. The castle has been used to film TV dramas including Wolf Hall and The White Princess and offers a variety of activities, including archery.
Bolton Castle, North Yorkshire
This medieval castle is home to over 600 years of fascinating history and is owned by a direct descendent of the original owner. Bolton Castle offers a range of activities including falconry experiences, archery, and the opportunity to explore their stunning Vineyard.
Eastnor Castle and Arborerum, Herefordshire
Explore the enchanting Eastnor Castle that stands proudly at the foot of the Malvern Hills. The castle was built in 1812 and is surrounded by a picturesque deer park and arboretum. When visiting you can enjoy a walk around the castle and its gardens, as well as view wonderfully crafted artwork and artifacts from the 19th century.