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Hever Castle, kent

Hever Castle, kent

Castles

Of the 100 or so castles in England, more than 30 are in the South East due to the fact that historically the region 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 and imposing castles in England. Built to last, the castles make fascinating places to visit and the South East has them in abundance.

Arundel Castle in Sussex looms high on a hill overlooking the town; 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 – 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. 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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Jane Austen circular walk

Jane Austen circular walk

A 4.5-mile circular walk in the heart of Jane Austen country. Start at Jane Austen's House in Chawton and follow in her footsteps across fields...

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  1. Add Southsea Castle to your Itinerary

    Southsea Castle

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    Castle / Fort

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    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.

  2. Add Arundel Castle & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Arundel Castle & Gardens

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Arundel

    The towering stately home and fortified castle in the heart of Sussex by the Sea! Open Tuesday 1 April to Sunday 2 November 2014, Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive, Bank Holiday Mondays and August Mondays.

  3. 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.

  4. Add Windsor Castle to your Itinerary

    Windsor Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Windsor

    The oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and The Queen's favourite weekend home.

  5. Add Odiham Castle to your Itinerary

    Odiham Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Hook

    Known locally as ‘King John’s Castle’, Odiham Castle is located within a tranquil site adjacent to the Basingstoke Canal.

  6. 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...

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

    Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

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    Castle / Fort

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    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.

  8. Add Fort Victoria Country Park to your Itinerary

    Fort Victoria Country Park

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    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Add Highclere Castle and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Highclere Castle and Gardens

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Newbury

    Highclere Castle, the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, Highclere Castle also hosts a unique display of Egyptian antiquities and is the location of the hugely popular ITV series, Downton Abbey.