Fascinated by castles and forts?
Discover new castles to visit or lose yourself in stories of warfare, decadence and romance. Browse all our castle and fort related content in one place.
Places have meanings and stories that are deeply rooted. These may not be backed up by written documents but tales are passed down through generations. Sometimes monuments are built to confirm the rumour of events that happened, of associations with famous people or to symbolise a sacred place. The National Trust cares for many of these mythical locations.
Are your children knights on horseback or dragon-slaying maidens? Here's our pick of our favourite fairytale castles to get your family's adventure started.
From castles to hillforts, take a look at where you can discover defences in the South West.
Remains of strongholds can be seen across the countryside in the South West, from hillforts to castles. National Trust Archaeologist, Martin Papworth, has captured some of the lost stories of the defences across the South West.
Lindisfarne Castle is a fine example of an Edwardian holiday home, and of the work of the young architect Edwin Lutyens.
Protected by the elements, our castle is inaccessible twice a day at high tide but then you reach us we're worth it. Dressed with period items, home to a wind indicator and an abundance of wildlife, come and discover us.
Despite its history of warfare, the fort at St Helens has now become the imposing destination of a mass unofficial walk.
The Needles Old Battery was built on the orders of Lord Palmerston to protect the naval dockyards at Portsmouth against the threat of attack by the French.
An impressive Iron Age hill fort, Dumpdon sits on one of the largest and most striking hills in the beautiful Otter Valley; perfect for a bracing walk.
Where ancient ringed archaeology whispers of an Iron Age past
A new project will help to protect this stunning hillfort, important for its archaeology and its wildlife.
We love bringing the fort to life for visitors and we often have visitors who remember it from its heyday as a factory and those who share their memories of its part in the Second World War.
Open only for guided tours, let our volunteers bring this fort to life. Built in 1860s and going through a restoration programme, tours offer you a rare chance to see inside this historic building.
From brutal battles to an Iron Age Hill Fort, there's more to Crickley Hill than you might think.
There's so much to see and do around the Dodman - take your pick!