The term "castle" needs a little defining.
Some fortified manors of the late Middle Ages are graced with the
“castle”, when in fact they are largely domestic structures.
For the purposes of this list I’ll define a castle as a structure
built with defense in mind. Many castles were adapted by later
generations to more domestic purposes, so if you can’t find
a favorite castle here, try looking under Historic
A romantic ruin in a secluded valley location. Berry Pomeroy was begun by the Pomeroy family in the 15th century. Within the castle defenses is an impressive Elizabethan manor built by the powerful Seymour family around the year 1560. The castle is entered through a massive gatehouse, which features a 15th century wall painting of the Three Kings. The manor was left to moulder after about 1700, but along the way it has collected a reputation as one of the most haunted ruins in England. ... more