Ravenscraig Castle was built for James II in 1460, and is probably the first castle in Britain to be built with defense by firearms in mind - and for protection from cannon fire. The castle consists of a pair of round (actually D-shaped) towers linked by a connecting range, set atop a rocky promontory on the eastern edge of Kirkcaldy, overlooking the Firth of Forth.
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Nestled in the pictureque Cheshire countryside, Peckforton Castle Hotel is a spectacular medieval style castle built in the mid 19th century, situated in beautiful landscaped gardens. Entering the castle doors, the luxurious interior welcomes visitors into its unique surroundings, steeped in history. Come and experience our Falconry encounter and also … more >>
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"Wiggons is a pretty market town built of stone and brick; here it is that the fine Channel Coales are in perfection, burns as light as a candle ... they make saltcellars standishes and many boxes and things which are set about for Curiositys and sold in London and are often offer'd in the exchanges in company with white or black marble, and most people deceived by them which have not been in those countrys and know it, but such persons discover it and will call for a candle to trye them wheather marble or coale; its very finely pollish'd and lookes much like jett or ebany wood for which one might easily take it when in boxes, etc.; I bought some for Curiosity sake."
Stowe House- Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England
One of the finest 18th century houses in England, set in the glorious Stowe Landscape Garden (separate admission). The home of the high-flying Temple-Grenville family for 350 years, Stowe offers superb neo-classical interiors, including the Marble Hall, an elliptical domed chamber surrounded by a frieze of classical figures of nearly life-sized proportions. Well worth a visit - and spare time for the wonderful gardens! ... more