28 March, 2019
Last updated on 14 March, 2022
Posted by Spaceships Crew
When visiting a country like England, it’s hard to select must-see castles from such a magnificent list of options. Step into your very own fairy tale and let the castles from the old to the ancient, to the beautiful to the behemoth take your breath away.
These are the places were battles were won and lost, maps re-drawn, plots hatched and nations made. Think Game of Thrones, but in real life! Here are Spaceships top 10 Castles to visit on your next road trip through England to make it a truly jaw-dropping experience!
1. St Michael’s Mount - Cornwall, England, TR17 OHS
Located just off the coast in Cornwall which also happens to be a fantastic spot for a English Road trip in its own right, St Michael’s Mount is the most picturesque castle in England as far as we are concerned. Linked to the mainland by a large granite causeway, keep an eye on the tide as if it’s high, you may find yourself having stay in this masterpiece for another few hours. What a shame!
St Michael’s Mount | photo: Giuseppe Milo (CC BY-SA 2.0 - Flickr)
2. Dover Castle – Kent, England, CT16 1HU
Standing guard over the English Channel since the 11th century, is there a more blatant show of English Power than this “key to England”?. Perched high on the white cliffs of dover in Kent, the largest Castle in England will be keeping watch for many years to come.
Built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it was later redesigned and modified providing one of the worlds most recognised and best-preserved examples of 14th century military planning and architecture. Situated on the banks of the river Avon, it is a beautiful building and working home even today.
4. Leeds Castle – Kent, England, ME17 1PL
In a country filled with beautiful castles, one castle pokes its head slightly higher above the parapet than the rest. Leeds Castle is still looking gorgeous even after 900 years. If you have ever seen an English castle on a postcard, it was probably this.
Talk about Christmas gifts, this beauty was built on Christmas day in 1067. This has been lovingly restored but still has much of its original beauty intact. What you see today is a fine example of Victorian England architecture.
No castle trip can be complete without a stop to Windsor Castle, just a few minutes down the road from our Spaceships Depot in London. This is both the largest and oldest of the still inhabited castles in the world and the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen.
8. Stokesay Castle – Shropshire, England, SY7 9AH
Technically speaking, Stokesay Castle is a “Fortified Manor House” but we just couldn’t leave it off this list. Don’t just take our word for it, English Heritage calls it “the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England”. It has been carefully restored to all its 13 th century glory and also offers stunning views of the Shropshire countryside from its fairy tale tower.
Built in 1367, Raby Castle is nestled within a gorgeous 200-acre deer park to go with its stunning and well-maintained gardens and green walks. One of the best-preserved medieval castles in England, add this beauty to your castle bucket list.
Located 15 miles from York and a short drive to the Yorkshire Dales, this is a wonderfully located castle when you are on a mission to explore! It has a garden fit for a king and was immortalised by Channel Fours “Time Team”. This is one of England’s grandest stately homes.
With more than 4,000 castles in England to choose from, let Spaceships know of any others that you feel should be in our “top 10”!