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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 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.

  2. Add Royal Armouries  - Fort Nelson to your Itinerary

    Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson

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    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.

  3. Add Hastings Castle and 1066 Story to your Itinerary

    Hastings Castle and 1066 Story

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    Castle / Fort

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    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.

  4. 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...

  5. Add Southsea Castle to your Itinerary

    Southsea Castle

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    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.

  6. Add Deal Castle to your Itinerary

    Deal Castle

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    Castle / Fort

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    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.

  7. Add Chiddingstone Castle to your Itinerary

    Chiddingstone Castle

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Edenbridge

    Home of the collections of Denys Eyre Bower: Japanese, Egyptian, Stuart and Buddhist art and antiquities, set in a stunning Gothic Revival Castle and grounds. Family activities and cafe/tea room also available.

  8. 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.

  9. Add Carisbrooke Castle to your Itinerary

    Carisbrooke Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Newport

    Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history!

  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, Bodiam was built in 1385, as both a defence and a comfortable home.