Best Historic 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 of the UK has always been vulnerable to attack from foreign shores.
It is no surprise therefore, that castles in Kent and castles in Sussex dominate our guide as 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.
10 of England's finest castles
- Hastings Castle, East Sussex
Famous for the Norman conquest of 1066.
- Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Official residence of HM The Queen & Britain's best loved castle.
- Dover Castle, Kent
One of Britain's most iconic fortresses & home to King Henry II.
- Leeds Castle, Kent
One of England's best preserved castles with 500 acres of parkland & gardens.
- Guildford Castle, Surrey
Recently improved access & panoramic views of the Guildford countryside.
- Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire
Dubbed the original medieval manor house, surrounded by a three acre moat.
- Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
Home to a stunning new Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden.
- Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior.
- Arundel Castle, West Sussex
Commanding location with magnificent South Downs views.
- Hever Castle, Kent
Romantic castle & childhood home of Anne Boleyn.
Castles Near Me
Whether you live in South East England or are visiting from elsewhere in the UK or abroad, find which castles are near you by using the 'map view' button below. Many of our featured castles double up as wedding venues and have a selection of seasonal events suitable for all the family dispelling the myth that castles aren't fun places to visit for kids too!