Whether you want are a huge fan Game of Thrones, or just enjoy the historical architecture, there are some fantastic castles a short drive away from Manchester.
They range from small medieval ruins on the hills to giant country estates which are still lived in.
We have compiled a list of some of the best castles and towers a short drive away that you can visit with the family on your next motorhome adventure.
Peckforton Castle, Cheshire
Close to Beeston and Cholmondeley castles, Peckforton Castle is a hotel and wedding venue built in the style of a medieval castle. Since 2006 the castle has been owned by the Naylor family, who expanded its use from a hotel to include weddings, conferences, and other function
Chester Castle, Chester
Located inside the city of Chester this castle stands overlooking the River Dee and is bounded by the city walls. Parts of the neoclassical buildings are used today as Crown Courts and as a military museum. The museum and the medieval remains are now a tourist attraction.
Peveril Castle, Peak District
Peveril Castle is a ruined early medieval castle overlooking the village of Castleton in the Peak District. It was founded some time between the Norman Conquest of 1066 and its first recorded mention in the Domesday Survey of 1086, by William Peveril, who held lands in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire as a tenant-in-chief of the king.
Towards the end of the 14th century its material was stripped out for re-use, marking the beginning of its decline.
Peveril Castle is protected as a scheduled monument and a Grade I listed building.
Skipton Castle, North Yorkshire
Skipton Castle is a medieval castle in Skipton, North Yorkshire, which was built in 1090 by Robert de Romille.
It has been preserved for over 900 years.
Today Skipton Castle is a well preserved medieval castle and is a tourist attraction and private residence.
Halton Castle, Runcorn
Halton Castle situated on the top of Halton Hill, Runcorn. It’s recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a Grade I listed building and a scheduled ancient monument.
The castle lies in ruins apart from the courthouse which has been converted into a public house.
Mow Cop Castle, Cheshire
Mow Cop Castle is a folly at Mow Cop in the civil parish of Odd Rode, Cheshire. In 1754, Randle Wilbraham of nearby Rode Hall built an elaborate summerhouse looking like a medieval fortress and round tower. The Castle was given to the National Trust in 1937.
With this not being far from our Northwich office it makes it easy for you to get to if you hire a motorhome from us here.
Victoria Tower, Huddersfield
Victoria Tower on the summit of Castle Hill is by far the most conspicuous landmark in Huddersfield. The tower was built in the late 19th century as a monument to recognise Queen Victoria’s 60-year reign over the British Empire. The tower is a Grade II-designated Listed Building.
Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe
Clitheroe Castle in is a motte-and-bailey castle which was first built sometime in the 11th or 12th century. The castle consists of one of the smallest keeps in the country and at one time it was surrounded by a curtain wall.
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