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Morning view of Dunster Castle and Gardens, Somerset
Morning view of Dunster Castle and Gardens, Somerset | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Castles and forts

Royalty, wars and even ghosts – the castles we care for have seen it all. Step back in time when you visit one of these historic buildings, and see what you can discover.

Top castles to visit

A family picnicking at Wray Castle, Cumbria

Family-friendly castles to visit 

Looking for enchanting family days out? Look no further than these fairy-tale castles, perfect for days out with little knights and dragon-slayers.

The castle and moat with sunshine behind the castle in winter, Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

Bodiam Castle 

With its full moat, original wooden portcullis, murder holes, spiral staircases and battlements, Bodiam Castle offers a tantalising glimpse of the 14th century. Check dates for tours and talks.

near Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Fully open today
Lindisfarne Castle seen from the sea, with the remains of wooden posts rising from the sea visible

Lindisfarne Castle 

A castle (that’s not a castle), on an island (that’s not an island).

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Partially open today
The exterior of Penrhyn Castle on a sunny day

Penrhyn Castle 

This Norman-inspired fortified country house was built in the early 19th century. Inside, opulence reigns, with playfully decorated furnishings, oak, ebony, marble and local slate.

Bangor, Gwynedd

Partially open today

Castles and forts near you

    Visitors at the Christmas market at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

    Where will you visit next?

    Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.