Strictly speaking Croft Castle is a castellated manor house, but little knights won’t be put off by a minor detail like that. There's a mini version of the castle for children to storm and in the family room, would-be dragon-slayers can play dress up.
What could be more in keeping with a fairytale than a moated castle? This 14th-century ruin is surrounded by romantic gardens. Roses and wisteria adorn the castle walls. Children can make up their own stories about who used to live here and there’s plenty more to keep little ones busy.
The ruins of the castle lie at the heart of Crom’s demesne. Old Crom Castle survived two sieges but was accidentally burnt down in 1764. Today the ruins are a secluded monument, waiting for brave adventurers to discover.
Climb all 149 steps up the staircase to conquer the Castle. Try your hand at spinning wool under the tutelage of Lady Maud and dress up as a knight, a princess, a jester or a dragon. Kids can even have a go at holding our great sword.
‘When we visited Dunstanburgh Castle my children were three and six. They battled pretend Vikings with wooden swords, hiding around corners and behind masonry and jumping out at each other.’
- Kate A, visitor
This fortress includes a medieval tower, a dungeon and murder holes. Youngsters can transform themselves into a knight by trying on the armour and taking part in a pike drill. Warn them to be careful not to get put in the stocks!
When it comes to fairytale castles, Bodiam ticks all the boxes. It’s stuffed with spiral staircases, battlements, towers and windows where arrows were once fired. A real knight once called this castle his home.
Look beyond the walls of our castles and forts to discover intriguing stories of love, betrayal and warfare. You'll find plenty of inspiration for your next castle visit, as well as learn about modern-day conservation efforts.
Feed your imagination on a family day out at one of the places we care for, in search of adventure. From mansions guarded by dragons, to gardens where princesses once lived, there's plenty for the young and young-at-heart to discover.