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What are some good castles?
it's like a three in one.
It was a roman fort, 1066 obvs and was also used during WW2 as a base. sweet castle.
plus it's so easy to breach. i breached it one evening and it was great.
(Don't come bitching to me that it's not a proper medieval castle, I know it's a Victorian folly but it's still cool).
Caerphilly actually is a medieval castle. It's worth a visit, I guess.
Small, overpriced and overhyped
Caerphilly is 100 times better
But such a massive disappointment
in the sky.
Edinburgh and Stirling, obviously, and other well known ones like Culzean, Skibo, Eilean Donan, Glamis, Dunvegan, Inverary.
there are also a whole ost of little gems, some of them with extremely eccentric lairds. The Laird of Balgonie invited me for tea once, and I couldn't find a single chair to sit on in the castle's living quarters that didn't have bird or dog poo on it :'(
stirling castle > edinburgh
Craigmillar is way cooler as in that one near Haddington.
are all good fun. Corfe and Barnard are mainly ruins to run around (and with hills to roll down!) but Bodiam has rooms to explore and turrets to climb.
He said that my eyes were pegged open with fear for about half an hour afterwards. Fuck they're steep.
Rolling down hills is one of life's greatest pleasures. Maybe not Corfe though. That does cross the line from fun into fear.
I was always more interested in the minigolf and chocolate shop when we visited...
Well, Rokeby technichally, but it's only a mile or so. I mainly remember having to spend what seemed like hours in the remainder bookshop in the town whenever we visited, when all my brother and I wanted to do was go run around the castle.
Portchester Castle - Roman Fort with Norman keep built in one corner and a medieval church in the opposite one. Mostly still standing. Lovely.
(not in Leeds).
Warwick Castle's a good day out, they do loads of good outdoor shows, their birds of prey display is amazing.
It's not spooky- more like a laser quest full of mimimum wage thespians.
and you're spot on.
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Leeds (in Kent)
Went there recently, really well preserved and good self-guided tour
Cos it's derelict and you can snoop around
It's a ruins rather than a castle but it's surrounded by gorgeous countryside. There's also a priory a few hundred yards down the road (again, ruins) and a pretty riverside walk.
Where they filmed a lot of Monty Python's Holy Grail. Watched the film the night before we went and the audio tour included pointers on where the various scenes were filmed.
Pretty cool cos it's basically a two room B&B and you get to pretend you're medieval royalty or summats. http://www.barcaldinecastle.co.uk/
Pretty nice to mooch around after a wander up Steep Hill, stopping off in the used bookshops on the way. Views as far as the eye can see. Personal highlight: it has one of only four surviving originals of the Magna Carta from 1215. SRS BSNSS.
A Good Day Out™©®. I liked the archery display.
Good guided tour. Fairly impressive weapons room. Nice grounds.
But defo not worth a visit tbh... but it was in my school grounds! One of the earliest brick buildings in the county(!), apparently.
You went to Boston Grammar, no way? Me too
Certainly the best setting for a castle in the UK
its out on its own peninsular cliff....fantastic setting (i'll get the name later.......also further up the coast is a later sham castle that wasnt finished - slaines castle, its on the coast cliff, but what makes this fantasic is that cos its not a 'proper castle' you can camp there and have a fire - ace
but check it out all the same
i had a very small window open....that is a helluva beautiful picture of it
arundel castle looks ace (like warwick looks ace)
but i also like ruined castles cos its easier to go round at your own pace.
will do full list when i have left work
and got an instant medieval hard-on. My time living in West Sussex was completely misspent.
We were supposed to go there on a history school trip once but we couldn't because of foot and mouth. :(
and all the big norman ones around here are impressive
my kids loved d :Dunure castle, for instance, cos it was unexpected and an abbot was roasted there :D
It's pretty cool, but I didn't know how to look it up for this thread.
which means you could stay overnight here in a beautiful valley, when i went in autumn it was deserted
(walls are there and elevated walk round them, little else but the walls are vaguely complete
is it worth the £30 or whatever it costs to get in?
I realise the answer is probably 'no' but I feel like a rubbish English person for never going.
it's really worth it is you go on a guided tour. It's really interesting to hear all the facts and legends. Just walking around on your own is a bit disappointing though. Loved school trips to the Tower, but going alone since was dull.
Because I live right below it.