From an early age, we are all fascinated with the lives and loves of the people who inhabit the many castles around our country. Britain is hard to beat when it comes to magnificent castles where you can discover horrible histories, legendary monarchs, spooky towers and medieval dungeons. So, we have put together a list of castles to visit on your next motorhome holiday.
Tattershall Castle was built by Robert de Tattershall in 1231. It was then largely rebuilt in brick and greatly expanded by Ralph, 3rd Lord Cromwell, between 1430 and 1450. Brick was chosen as a building material for its aesthetic appeal and because it was fashionable. An incredible 700,000 bricks were used to build the castle.
The most impressive part of Tattershall Castle is the 130ft red brick tower keep. The five-storey rectangular keep has octagonal corner turrets and is surrounded by two moats. This creates an outer bailey divided into two wards.
This contains the ruins of a brick built stable block in the outer ward and a two storey brick guardhouse. It remains one of the most important surviving brick castles of the mid-fifteenth century.
This Castle was built in stages between 1777 and 1792 is the former home of the Kennedy family. They are one of Scotland’s oldest families, who can trace their ancestry to Robert the Bruce. The foremost architect of the time, Robert Adam, converted the existing traditional Scottish house to the great castle it is now. Adam used the positioning of the house on the rocky bluff overlooking the sea to compose a ‘medieval’ castle with battlemented towers and turrets.
The castle was given to the National Trust for Scotland in 1945, with the stipulation that the apartment at the top of the castle should be given to General Dwight D Eisenhower in recognition of his role during the Second World War.
High on Castle Rock overlooking the city is Scotland’s most-visited attraction, Edinburgh Castle. A Royal residence from the 12th century until 1603, it is where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son James VI, who would later be King of both Scotland and England.
The castle also houses the Scottish regalia, known as the Honours of Scotland and is the site of the Scottish National War Memorial and museum. In 1996, the Stone of Destiny, on which Kings were enthroned for centuries, was returned to Scotland and is now displayed in the Crown Room.
Bamburgh Castle is set upon a rocky outcrop on the coast and was built by the Normans. As an important English outpost, the castle was the target of occasional raids from Scotland. In 1464, during the Wars of the Roses, it became the first castle in England to be defeated by artillery, at the end of a nine-month siege by Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (Warwick the Kingmaker).
The castle deteriorated but was restored by various owners during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was finally bought by the Victorian industrialist William Armstrong, who completed the restoration.
The Pennington family has resided in Muncaster Castle since 1208, probably only due to the magical ‘Luck of Muncaster’, a glass drinking bowl belonging to Henry VI who stayed at the castle following his defeat at the battle of Hexham in 1464. The original castle was built upon Roman foundations.
In the 14th century, a pole tower, a watch-tower fortification unique to the English-Scottish border region was added. The castle was remodelled and enlarged in the 19th century by English architect Anthony Salvin. He was also worked on Windsor Castle, Warwick Castle and the Tower of London.
Hire a motorhome to visit these captivating Castles
So with so many great castles, why not visit one of these next time you hire a motorhome? That way your family can enjoy some fun this summer whilst learning some great historical facts. Think of it as a holiday that ticks all the boxes.