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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!

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  1. Add Hever Castle and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Hever Castle and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Edenbridge

    Childhood home of Anne Boleyn and later of Lord Astor.

  2. Add What's on this week at Bodiam Castle? to your Itinerary

    What's on this week at Bodiam Castle?

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Bodiam, Robertsbridge

    One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain

  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 Hastings Castle & 1066 Story to your Itinerary

    Hastings Castle & 1066 Story

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Hastings

    Fragmentary remains of Norman Castle built on West Hill after William the Conqueror's victory at the Battle of Hastings. 1066 Story interpretation centre in siege tent.

  5. Add What's on this week at Arundel Castle & Gardens to your Itinerary

    What's on this week at 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 April to October, Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive, Bank Holiday Mondays and August Mondays.

  6. Add Dover Castle  to your Itinerary

    Dover Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Dover

    Discover 2000 years of history at Dover Castle! Step inside the Great Tower and immerse yourself in the medieval world and royal court of King Henry ll. Travel deep inside the White Cliffs and tour the Underground Hospital.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Add Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum to your Itinerary

    Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Eastbourne

    An impressive Napoleonic circular brick fortress which provides the perfect home for the largest military museum in the South East. New for 2010 come and enjoy a new exhibition of prints from the ever popular Eric Ravilious.

  10. 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.