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Castles

Of the 100 or so castles in England, more than 30 are in the South East due to the fact that historically this region o the UK has always been vulnerable to attack from foreign shores.

Kings and Queens throughout the ages turned South East England into the fortress of Britain, by building some of the most impressive, imposing and famous castles in England. Built to last, the castles make fascinating places to visit and the South East has them in abundance.

Hastings Castle, Arundel Castle and Lewes Castle in Sussex loom high on hills overlooking their respective towns and offering great views; Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex  set peacefully amongst tranquil and picturesque gardens; Guildford Castle in Surrey has a Norman keep that is almost intact; and one of the most famous castles in England – Windsor Castle in Berkshire – is still inhabited by the monarch of the realm.

Castles in Kent

Great castles of England located in Kent include Leeds Castle, a serene fairytale castle surrounded by a moat and Hever Castle with its spectacular gardens, once home to Anne Boleyn. Hever also makes for an idyllic location for a castle wedding  Finally, saving one of the best until last, Dover Castle sits proudly atop the White Cliffs of Dover and boasts one of the best views from any of the castles in England.

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  1. Add Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle to your Itinerary

    Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

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    Garden

    Location

    Hailsham

    Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in 550 acres of glorious parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens.

  2. Add Southsea Castle to your Itinerary

    Southsea Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Southsea, Portsmouth

    Built in 1544, the Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. FREE ENTRY.

  3. Add Walmer Castle & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Walmer Castle & Gardens

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Deal

    This castle was built in 1540 as part of Henry Vlll's chain of coastal defences. See the Duke of Wellington's room, the reception rooms and magnificent commemorative gardens of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

  4. Add Deal Castle to your Itinerary

    Deal Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Deal

    Deal Castle is one of the finest artillery works in England; this fortress once carried 119 guns. Now in the care of English Heritage, this castle offers exciting battlements, dark passages and a huge basement to explore.

  5. Add Broughton Castle to your Itinerary

    Broughton Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Banbury

    Broughton Castle is essentially a family home lived in by Lord and Lady Saye and Sele and their family. The original
    medieval manor house, of which much remains today, was built in about 1300 by Sir John de Broughton. It stands on an
    island site surrounded by a three acre moat. The castle was...

  6. Add Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum to your Itinerary

    Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Lewes

    Climb the zig-zag steps of this 1000 year old Norman castle for stunning views of Sussex. in Barbican House Museum, explore the archeological history of Sussex and the changing exhibitions in the upper gallery.

  7. Add Chiddingstone Castle to your Itinerary

    Chiddingstone Castle

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Edenbridge

    Chiddingstone Castle, whose history can be traced back to the early 16th Century, is a unique country house located in the historic village of Chiddingstone in Kent. 

  8. Add Bodiam Castle to your Itinerary

    Bodiam Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Bodiam, Robertsbridge

    One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain

  9. Add Fort Victoria Country Park to your Itinerary

    Fort Victoria Country Park

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Yarmouth

    Fort Victoria is a grade 2 listed Victorian Fort, completed in 1855 to defend the Island, Solent and Royal Navy in Portsmouth from French invasion.

  10. Add Leeds Castle to your Itinerary

    Leeds Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Maidstone

    Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds Castle is the perfect backdrop to your day out. The historic castle, glorious gardens, attractions and programme of events awaits visitors.