Ever wondered where the best views are? Well, castles are the best place to start and Britain has an abundance of them. So here are the Top 10 Best Castles in the UK.
1.Stirling Castle, Scotland
Open 9:30am until 5:00pm, Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles as it has one of the best defensive positions; built atop part of the Stirling Sill intrusive crag. Many Scottish monarchs were crowned here including Mary Queen of Scots — just try not to lose your head.
2. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Enjoy your Christmas lunch at the capital’s castle, famously located on top of an inactive volcano. So it’s no surprise that it’s close to exploding with events and things to do. 3. Balmoral Castle, Scotland If you prefer stately home-esque castles rather than the old stone variety, then Balmoral Castle is perfect for you! Enjoy one of their winter tours and stay in one of their holiday cottages. Her Majesty the Queen has even just granted permission for a new walking challenge to mark Armed Forces Day next June 2017.
4. Caernarfon Castle, Wales
Proudly puffing its chest out along the shoreline, this is a castle on some serious steroids. Built by King Edward I, this now World Heritage Site is a must see - especially with its sea front view.
5. Cardiff Castle, Wales
This beautiful castle is open for weddings, school trips and to the general public. You could easily imagine Jane Austen’s Catherine Morland waltzing around the many turrets, discovering family secrets that should be left alone …
6. Castle Ward, Ireland
A beeautiful 18th-Century mansion, Castle Ward is also one of the Game of Thrones filming locations for Winterfell Castle. Remember to wrap up warm, after all, winter is coming.
7. Ross Castle, Ireland
Groups up to 15 members can prebook a guided tour at this beautiful Irish Castle, located next to Killarney Lake Tours so there’s plenty to do for the perfect family or friends outing.
8. Pendennis Castle, England
Built by Henry VIII, one of his strongest forts, filled with a variety of exhibitions including armoury museums, the castle keep and a wine shop, this is a definite all-for-one-and-one-forall castle that will keep all families of different tastes occupied for the whole day! They even put on special Medieval shows and jousting tournaments throughout the days.
9. Oxford Castle, England
This Norman Castle located in one of England’s most well known areas provides a classy and chic day out in the city. Come and feel the most magical winter day of your life with a little festive cheer by joining a special festive tour at the castle’s prison.
10. Windsor Castle, England
The Queen’s favourite residence will be open to the public until February from 9:45am until 4:15pm every day — unless she decides to visit too so visitors should be aware of the impromptu cancellations if that were to happen.
By Heather Lukins