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May 2018: The Somerset Levels

The Somerset Levels are one of Britainís less well-known jewels. Delineated by the Mendips to the north, Bridgwater Bay to the west, and the Quantocks ...More
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Though their military purpose is long redundant, Britain's Castles still stir the blood. They are history writ large: from Iron Age Maiden Castle through to more recent gems like Sir Walter Raleigh's fortified home in Sherborne, via Roman Burgh Castle and the many Norman survivals including the Tower of London and Edinburgh Castle. Many indeed are architectural histories in themselves, improved and altered through the generations. Now that so many come complete with requisite shop and activities - Alnwick is wonderful for its entertainment - kids love to visit them. But for romantics there are still out of the way wonders perched above rocks or on remote islands, far from any such commercial considerations: tell us about your favourite by voting in our poll.

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Current favourite British Castles

1: Windsor Castle (1713 votes) Windsor

2: Alnwick Castle (871 votes) Alnwick

3: Beaumaris Castle (821 votes) Beaumaris

4: Bodiam Castle (813 votes) Robertsbridge

5: Arundel Castle & Gardens (772 votes) Arundel

6: Bamburgh Castle (751 votes) Bamburgh

7: Corfe Castle (718 votes) Corfe Castle

8: Fort Grey (717 votes) St Peters

9: Cardiff Castle (717 votes) Cardiff

10: Muncaster Castle, Gardens & Owl Centre (712 votes) Ravenglass

11: Berkeley Castle (695 votes) Berkeley

12: Balmoral Castle & Grounds (693 votes) Ballater

13: Braemar Castle (692 votes) Braemar

14: Carisbrooke Castle (661 votes) Newport

15: Leeds Castle and Gardens (595 votes) Maidstone

16: Caernarfon Castle (585 votes) Caernarfon

17: Sudeley Castle & Gardens (555 votes) Winchcombe

18: Kenilworth Castle (434 votes) Kenilworth

19: Glamis Castle (434 votes) Forfar

20: Cyfarthfa Castle, Museum & Art Gallery (415 votes) Merthyr Tydfil

21: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens (356 votes) Dunvegan

22: Ludlow Castle (347 votes) Ludlow

23: Cawdor Castle (344 votes) Nairn

24: Chirk Castle (343 votes) Wrexham

25: Eastnor Castle (320 votes) Ledbury

26: Framlingham Castle (316 votes) Woodbridge

27: Warwick Castle (291 votes) Warwick

28: Edinburgh Castle (290 votes) Edinburgh

29: Hertford Castle (266 votes) Hertford

30: Dirleton Castle and Gardens (263 votes) North Berwick

31: Knaresborough Castle & Courthouse Museum (229 votes) Knaresborough

32: Sherborne Castle & Lakeside Gardens (226 votes) Sherborne

33: Totnes Castle (224 votes) Totnes

34: Tonbridge Castle (224 votes) Tonbridge

35: Castle Cornet (167 votes) St Peter Port

36: Caerlaverock Castle (154 votes) Dumfries

37: Powderham Castle (135 votes) Exeter

38: Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle (116 votes) Herstmonceux

39: Caerhays Castle & Gardens (94 votes) St Austell

40: Chiddingstone Castle (72 votes) Edenbridge

41: Castle Rushen (42 votes) Castletown

42: Chepstow Castle (32 votes) Chepstow

43: Mount Orgueil Castle (5 votes) Grouville

44: Craignethan Castle (4 votes) Lesmahagow

45: Kellie Castle & Garden (4 votes) Pittenweem

46: Deal Castle (4 votes) Deal

47: Sandal Castle (4 votes) Wakefield

48: Upnor Castle (4 votes) Rochester

49: Dolwyddelan Castle (4 votes) Dolwyddelan

50: Lauriston Castle (4 votes) Edinburgh

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51: Llawhaden Castle (3 votes) Narberth

52: Blairquhan Castle (3 votes) Maybole

53: Torosay Castle (3 votes) Craignure

54: Grimsthorpe Castle (3 votes) Bourne

55: Bolsover Castle (3 votes) Bolsover

56: Caerphilly Castle (3 votes) Caerphilly

57: Clitheroe Castle Museum (3 votes) Clitheroe

58: Bolton Castle (3 votes) Leyburn

59: Kirby Muxloe Castle (3 votes) Leicester

60: White Castle (3 votes) Abergavenny

61: Kidwelly Castle (3 votes) Kidwelly

62: Ayton Castle (3 votes) Eyemouth

63: Flint Castle (3 votes) Flint

64: Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle (3 votes) Ashby-de-la-Zouch

65: Dunrobin Castle & Gardens (3 votes) Golspie

66: Rowallan Castle (2 votes) Kilmarnock

67: Fort Charlotte (2 votes) Lerwick

68: Neidpath Castle (2 votes) Peebles

69: Rayleigh Mount (2 votes) Rayleigh

70: Brechin Castle Centre (2 votes) Brechin

71: Fort Purbrook The Peter Ashley Activity Centre (2 votes) Portsmouth

72: Newhaven Fort (2 votes) Newhaven

73: Bridgnorth Castle (ruin) (2 votes) Bridgnorth

74: Croft Castle (2 votes) Leominster

75: New Buckenham Castle (2 votes) Norwich

76: Ardblair Castle (2 votes) Blairgowrie

77: Raglan Castle (2 votes) Usk

78: Lunt Roman Fort (2 votes) Coventry

79: Rockingham Castle (2 votes) Market Harborough

80: Manorbier Castle (2 votes) Tenby

81: Muness Castle (2 votes) Unst

82: Enniskillen Castle (2 votes) Enniskillen

83: Thirlestane Castle (2 votes) Lauder

84: Conwy Castle (2 votes) Conwy

85: Elcho Castle (2 votes) Rhynd

86: Middleham Castle (2 votes) Leyburn

87: Dartmouth Castle - English Heritage (2 votes) Dartmouth

88: Restormel Castle (2 votes) Lostwithiel

89: Ludgershall Castle and Cross (2 votes) Ludgershall

90: Carreg Cennen Castle (2 votes) Llandeilo

91: Weeting Castle (2 votes) Brandon

92: Penrhyn Castle (2 votes) Bangor

93: Tynemouth Castle and Priory (2 votes) Tynemouth

94: Pevensey Castle (2 votes) Pevensey

95: Dunnottar Castle (2 votes) Stonehaven

96: York Castle Museum (2 votes) York

97: Kinnersley Castle (2 votes) Kinnersley

98: Orford Castle (2 votes) Woodbridge

99: Skenfrith Castle (2 votes) Abergavenny

100: Goodrich Castle (2 votes) Ross-on-Wye

101: Deddington Castle (2 votes) Banbury

102: Urquhart Castle (2 votes) Inverness

103: Inveraray Castle (2 votes) Inveraray

104: Pembroke Castle (2 votes) Pembroke

105: Langley Castle (2 votes) Hexham

106: Scalloway Castle (2 votes) Scalloway

107: St Briavel's Castle (2 votes) Lydney

108: Hever Castle and Gardens (2 votes) Edenbridge

109: Elizabeth Castle (2 votes) St Helier

110: St Catherine's Castle (2 votes) Fowey

111: Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort (2 votes) Crymych

112: Linlithgow Palace (2 votes) Linlithgow

113: Carsluith Castle (2 votes) Creetown

114: Rhuddlan Castle (2 votes) Rhyl

115: Huntly Castle (2 votes) Huntly

116: Caldicot Castle and Country Park (2 votes) Caldicot

117: Dumbarton Castle (2 votes) Dumbarton

118: Usk Castle (2 votes) Usk

119: Fort Paull (2 votes) Hull

120: Lincoln Castle (2 votes) Lincoln

121: Barnard Castle (2 votes) Barnard Castle

122: Picton Castle (2 votes) Haverfordwest

123: Lindisfarne Castle (2 votes) Holy Island

124: Dover Castle and Secret Wartime Tunnels (2 votes) Dover

125: Keep Military Museum (2 votes) Dorchester

126: Lochleven Castle (2 votes) Kinross

127: Cholmondeley Castle Garden (2 votes) Malpas

128: Richmond Castle (EH) (2 votes) Richmond

129: Belfast Castle (2 votes) Belfast

130: St Mawes Castle (2 votes) Truro

131: Greenknowe Tower (2 votes) Gordon

132: Portchester Castle (2 votes) Fareham

133: Harwich Redoubt Fort (2 votes) Harwich

134: Abernethy Round Tower (2 votes) Abernethy

135: Blackness Castle (2 votes) Linlithgow

136: Ravenscraig Castle (2 votes) Kirkcaldy

137: Cadzow Castle (2 votes) Hamilton

138: Calshot Castle (2 votes) Southampton

139: Balvenie Castle (2 votes) Keith

140: Eynsford Castle (2 votes) Dartford

141: Nottingham Castle (2 votes) Nottingham

142: Castle Acre Castle (2 votes) Kings Lynn

143: Scarborough Castle (EH) (2 votes) Scarborough

144: Mont Orgueil Castle (2 votes) Gorey

145: Southsea Castle (2 votes) Portsmouth

146: Nunney Castle (2 votes) Frome

147: Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel (2 votes) Oban

148: Drummond Castle Gardens (2 votes) Crieff

149: Wolvesey Castle (2 votes) Winchester

150: Eye Castle (2 votes) Eye

151: Chillingham Castle (2 votes) Chillingham

152: Spynie Palace (2 votes) Elgin

153: Farleigh Hungerford Castle (2 votes) Bath

154: Bayards Cove Fort (2 votes) Dartmouth

155: Craigmillar Castle (2 votes) Edinburgh

156: Stirling Castle (2 votes) Stirling

157: Corgarff Castle (2 votes) Corgarff

158: Christchurch Castle (2 votes) Christchurch

159: Prudhoe Castle (2 votes) Prudhoe

160: St Andrews Castle and Visitor Centre (2 votes) St Andrews

161: Castle of St John (2 votes) Stranraer

162: Tutbury Castle (2 votes) Burton upon Trent

163: Craigievar Castle (2 votes) Alford

164: Ogmore Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

165: Stormont (2 votes) Belfast

166: Bolebroke Castle (2 votes) Hartfield

167: Greenhalgh Castle (2 votes) Garstang

168: Powis Castle and Garden (2 votes) Welshpool

169: Hedingham Castle (2 votes) Halstead

170: Rothesay Castle (2 votes) Rothesay

171: Mountfitchet Castle (2 votes) Stansted

172: Tolquhon Castle (2 votes) Ellon

173: Lulworth Castle (2 votes) Wareham

174: Coity Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

175: New Tavern Fort (2 votes) Gravesend

176: Helmsley Castle (2 votes) Helmsley

177: Noltland Castle (2 votes) Westray

178: Dunster Castle (2 votes) Dunster

179: Kelburn Castle and Country Centre (2 votes) Fairlie

180: Newark Castle (2 votes) Newark

181: Berwick Castle (2 votes) Berwick-upon-Tweed

182: Shrewsbury Castle and Shropshire Regimental Museum (2 votes) Shrewsbury

183: Broughton Castle (2 votes) Banbury

184: Coalhouse Fort (2 votes) Tilbury

185: Craigston Castle (2 votes) Turriff

186: Auchindoun Castle (2 votes) Dufftown

187: Acton Burnell Castle (2 votes) Shrewsbury

188: MacLellan's Castle (2 votes) Kirkcudbright

189: Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate (2 votes) Banchory

190: Hadleigh Castle (2 votes) Hadleigh

191: Camber Castle (1 vote) Rye

192: Carlisle Castle (1 vote) Carlisle

193: Duffus Castle (1 vote) Elgin

194: Tretower Court and Castle (1 vote) Crickhowell

195: Lochmaben Castle (1 vote) Lochmaben

196: Eilean Donan Castle (1 vote) Kyle of Lochalsh

197: Carew Castle & Tidal Mill (1 vote) Carew

198: Richborough Roman Fort (1 vote) Sandwich

199: Berwick-upon-Tweed Ramparts (1 vote) Berwick-upon-Tweed

200: Peveril Castle (1 vote) Hope Valley

201: Yarmouth Castle (1 vote) Yarmouth

202: Kilchurn Castle (1 vote) Dalmally

203: Delgatie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

204: Clifford's Tower (1 vote) York

205: Threave Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

206: Drum Castle (1 vote) Banchory

207: Fort George (1 vote) Inverness

208: Inverlochy Castle (1 vote) Fort William

209: Brougham Castle (1 vote) Penrith

210: Housesteads Roman Fort (1 vote) Hexham

211: Wallingford Castle Gardens (1 vote) Wallingford

212: Morton Castle (1 vote) Morton

213: Tilbury Fort (1 vote) Tilbury

214: Upton Castle Gardens (1 vote) Cosheston

215: Edzell Castle and Garden (1 vote) Forfar

216: Rochester Castle (1 vote) Rochester

217: Pendennis Castle - English Heritage (1 vote) Falmouth

218: Hermitage Castle (1 vote) Hawick

219: Lochranza Castle (1 vote) Lochranza

220: Strome Castle (1 vote) Lochcarron

221: Broughty Castle Museum (1 vote) Broughty Ferry

222: Chesters Roman Fort (Cilurnum) Hadrian's Wall (1 vote) Hexham

223: Stafford Castle & Visitor Centre (1 vote) Stafford

224: Hurst Castle (1 vote) Lymington

225: Highcliffe Castle (1 vote) Highcliffe

226: Old Sarum Castle - English Heritage (1 vote) Salisbury

227: Doune Castle (1 vote) Doune

228: Tattershall Castle (1 vote) Lincoln

229: Fyvie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

230: Bothwell Castle (1 vote) Uddingston

231: Pontefract Castle (1 vote) Pontefract

232: Auckland Castle (1 vote) Bishop Auckland

233: Orchardton Tower (1 vote) Castle Douglas

234: Criccieth Castle (1 vote) Criccieth

235: Colchester Castle Museum (1 vote) Colchester

236: Duart Castle (1 vote) Craignure

237: Pickering Castle (1 vote) Pickering

238: Hemyock Castle (1 vote) Cullompton

239: Old Wardour Castle (1 vote) Salisbury

240: Chipchase Castle (1 vote) Hexham

241: Guildford Castle (1 vote) Guildford

242: Colchester Castle (1 vote) Colchester

243: Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

244: Elcho Castle (1 vote) Perth

245: Portland Castle - English Heritage (1 vote) Portland

246: Clackmannan Tower (1 vote) Clackmannan

247: Dolbadarn Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

248: Brodie Castle (1 vote) Forres

249: Fonmon Castle (1 vote) Barry

250: Cilgerran Castle (1 vote) Cardigan

251: Dunstanburgh Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

252: Tantallon Castle (1 vote) North Berwick

253: Hailes Castle (1 vote) East Linton

254: Druchtag Motte (1 vote) Mochrum

255: Peel Castle (1 vote) Peel

256: Kildrummy Castle (1 vote) Alford

257: Moreton Corbet Castle (1 vote) Newport

258: Huntingtower Castle (1 vote) Perth

259: Aydon Castle (1 vote) Corbridge

260: Castle Campbell and Garden (1 vote) Dollar

261: Wigmore Castle (ruin) (1 vote) Leominster

262: Castle Keep (1 vote) Newcastle upon Tyne

263: Hastings Castle and 1066 Story (1 vote) Hastings

264: Norham Castle (1 vote) Berwick-upon-Tweed

265: Cardoness Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

266: Castle Fraser (1 vote) Inverurie

267: Raby Castle (1 vote) Darlington

268: New Castle (1 vote) Bridgend

269: Walmer Castle and Gardens (1 vote) Deal

270: Lydford Castle, Banks and Fort (1 vote) Okehampton

271: Loch Doon Castle (1 vote) Dalmellington

272: Edlingham Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

273: Skipton Castle (1 vote) Skipton

274: Drumcoltran Tower (1 vote) Dalbeattie

275: Bryn Bras Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

276: Royal Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

277: Balvaird Castle (1 vote) Glen Farg

278: Cromwell's Castle (1 vote) Tresco

279: Stokesay Castle (1 vote) Craven Arms

280: Castell Coch (1 vote) Cardiff

281: Lullingstone Castle (1 vote) Dartford

282: Loch Leven Castle (1 vote) Kinross

283: Ripley Castle & Gardens (1 vote) Harrogate

284: Newark Castle (1 vote) Port Glasgow

285: Scotstarvit Tower (1 vote) Cupar

286: Lancaster Castle (1 vote) Lancaster

287: Skipsea Castle (EH) (1 vote) Driffield

288: Bowes Castle (1 vote) Barnard Castle

289: Beeston Castle (1 vote) Tarporley

290: Castle Rising Castle (1 vote) Kings Lynn

291: Spofforth Castle (EH) (1 vote) Harrogate

292: Okehampton Castle (1 vote) Okehampton

293: Castle of Old Wick (1 vote) Wick

294: Laugharne Castle (1 vote) Carmarthen

295: Etal Castle (1 vote) Cornhill-on-Tweed

296: Sorn Castle and Garden (1 vote) Mauchline

297: Conisbrough Castle (1 vote) Doncaster

298: Burleigh Castle (1 vote) Milnathort

299: King Charles Castle (1 vote) Tresco

300: Launceston Castle (1 vote) Launceston

301: Crownhill Fort (1 vote) Plymouth

302: Kisimul Castle (1 vote) Isle of Barra

303: Crichton Castle (1 vote) Pathhead

304: Needles Old Battery (1 vote) Alum Bay

305: Fort Brockhurst (1 vote) Gosport

306: Lewes Castle, Barbican House Museum (1 vote) Lewes

307: Warkworth Castle (1 vote) Morpeth

308: Balgonie Castle Enterprises (1 vote) Glenrothes

309: Harlech Castle (1 vote) Harlech

310: Oxwich Castle (1 vote) Swansea

311: Royal Citadel (1 vote) Plymouth

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