Castles in England

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The term "castle" needs a little defining. Some fortified manors of the late Middle Ages are graced with the name “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 Houses.

Most popular English castles
Framlingham Castle, Suffolk

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Bodiam Castle, Kent

Our picks as the 5 most scenic castles in England:

  1. Framlingham Castle
  2. Bamburgh Castle
  3. Lindisfarne Castle
  4. Bodiam Castle
  5. Corfe Castle


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Talbot Hotel

Talbot Hotel
Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The Talbot Hotel is a traditional 16th century coaching inn and has been recently refurbished to modern standards throughout. It has a contemporary bar and restaurant which offer a delightful traditional menu and a fine choice of ales and 8 en-suite letting rooms.

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Cottage: HCSSHAM, Bude

FCH8550

The tranquil positioning of this farmhouse makes it a truly rural retreat whilst maintaining an easily driveable distance to Bude and the surrounding attractions. There are country walks from the …
Sleeps 8

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Feock (Self catering)
Nanvivian, Feock

Nanvivian

This traditional, semi-detached cottage in Feock has lovely sea views, is in an idyllic spot overlooking the Fal Estuary and can sleep six people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 6

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