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
An 11th century Norman castle probably built by Guy de Ballliol around 1090. The castle stands on the north bank of the River Tyne. The original Norman fortification was later restored and strengthened in the 14th and 15th centuries by the Neville family, with the addition of a curtain wall and gatehouse. The crenellated tower and curtain wall were later built into a 19th century house. The castle is private property, and not usually open to visitors, but it can be viewed easily from the outside. ... more