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Hever Castle

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 this region of 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 and in a 2016 poll, was revealed as the UK's best-loved castle.

Bodiam Castle in East Sussex also features highly amongst the UK's favourite castles to visit and comprises a series of medieval water features, including a picturesque spring-filled moat.

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.

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.

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  1. Add Chiddingstone Castle to your Itinerary

    Chiddingstone Castle

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    Historic House / Palace

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    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. 

  2. Add Leeds Castle to your Itinerary

    Leeds Castle

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    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.

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

    Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Hailsham

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

  4. Add Royal Armouries  - Fort Nelson to your Itinerary

    Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    Fareham

    Fort Nelson is a superbly restored Victorian fort overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. It is home to the Royal Armouries national artillery collection with over 350 historic guns on display.

  5. Add Upnor Castle to your Itinerary

    Upnor Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Rochester

    This attractive, turreted castle is set in a picturesque village area that is backed by rolling, wooded hills. The castle is fronted by a water bastion jutting out into the River Medway.

  6. Add Carisbrooke Castle to your Itinerary

    Carisbrooke Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Newport

    Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history!

  7. Add Deal Castle to your Itinerary

    Deal Castle

    Type

    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.

  8. Add Windsor Castle to your Itinerary

    Windsor Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Windsor

    Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen.

  9. Add Rochester Castle to your Itinerary

    Rochester Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Rochester

    One of the finest keeps in England. Also the tallest, partly built on the Roman city wall. Good views from the battlements over the River Medway.

  10. Add Bodiam Castle to your Itinerary

    Bodiam Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Bodiam, Robertsbridge

    One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain