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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: Tonbridge Castle (224 votes) Tonbridge

34: Totnes Castle (224 votes) Totnes

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: Dolwyddelan Castle (4 votes) Dolwyddelan

45: Sandal Castle (4 votes) Wakefield

46: Craignethan Castle (4 votes) Lesmahagow

47: Upnor Castle (4 votes) Rochester

48: Lauriston Castle (4 votes) Edinburgh

49: Deal Castle (4 votes) Deal

50: Kellie Castle & Garden (4 votes) Pittenweem

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51: Flint Castle (3 votes) Flint

52: Grimsthorpe Castle (3 votes) Bourne

53: Torosay Castle (3 votes) Craignure

54: Dunrobin Castle & Gardens (3 votes) Golspie

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

56: Kidwelly Castle (3 votes) Kidwelly

57: Blairquhan Castle (3 votes) Maybole

58: Bolsover Castle (3 votes) Bolsover

59: Clitheroe Castle Museum (3 votes) Clitheroe

60: Bolton Castle (3 votes) Leyburn

61: White Castle (3 votes) Abergavenny

62: Ayton Castle (3 votes) Eyemouth

63: Kirby Muxloe Castle (3 votes) Leicester

64: Llawhaden Castle (3 votes) Narberth

65: Caerphilly Castle (3 votes) Caerphilly

66: Newhaven Fort (2 votes) Newhaven

67: Carsluith Castle (2 votes) Creetown

68: Christchurch Castle (2 votes) Christchurch

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

70: Drummond Castle Gardens (2 votes) Crieff

71: Hadleigh Castle (2 votes) Hadleigh

72: Rockingham Castle (2 votes) Market Harborough

73: Barnard Castle (2 votes) Barnard Castle

74: Rothesay Castle (2 votes) Rothesay

75: Dunnottar Castle (2 votes) Stonehaven

76: Hedingham Castle (2 votes) Halstead

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

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

79: Thirlestane Castle (2 votes) Lauder

80: Conwy Castle (2 votes) Conwy

81: Lochleven Castle (2 votes) Kinross

82: Langley Castle (2 votes) Hexham

83: MacLellan's Castle (2 votes) Kirkcudbright

84: Ardblair Castle (2 votes) Blairgowrie

85: Rayleigh Mount (2 votes) Rayleigh

86: Scalloway Castle (2 votes) Scalloway

87: Neidpath Castle (2 votes) Peebles

88: Blackness Castle (2 votes) Linlithgow

89: Ludgershall Castle and Cross (2 votes) Ludgershall

90: Picton Castle (2 votes) Haverfordwest

91: Calshot Castle (2 votes) Southampton

92: Croft Castle (2 votes) Leominster

93: Noltland Castle (2 votes) Westray

94: Cholmondeley Castle Garden (2 votes) Malpas

95: New Buckenham Castle (2 votes) Norwich

96: Bayards Cove Fort (2 votes) Dartmouth

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

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

99: Corgarff Castle (2 votes) Corgarff

100: Manorbier Castle (2 votes) Tenby

101: Restormel Castle (2 votes) Lostwithiel

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

103: Tutbury Castle (2 votes) Burton upon Trent

104: Nunney Castle (2 votes) Frome

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

106: Southsea Castle (2 votes) Portsmouth

107: Eye Castle (2 votes) Eye

108: Weeting Castle (2 votes) Brandon

109: Deddington Castle (2 votes) Banbury

110: Nottingham Castle (2 votes) Nottingham

111: Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel (2 votes) Oban

112: Chillingham Castle (2 votes) Chillingham

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

114: Pembroke Castle (2 votes) Pembroke

115: St Mawes Castle (2 votes) Truro

116: Craigmillar Castle (2 votes) Edinburgh

117: Hever Castle and Gardens (2 votes) Edenbridge

118: Middleham Castle (2 votes) Leyburn

119: Rhuddlan Castle (2 votes) Rhyl

120: Castle Acre Castle (2 votes) Kings Lynn

121: Tynemouth Castle and Priory (2 votes) Tynemouth

122: Greenknowe Tower (2 votes) Gordon

123: Harwich Redoubt Fort (2 votes) Harwich

124: Ogmore Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

125: Bolebroke Castle (2 votes) Hartfield

126: Portchester Castle (2 votes) Fareham

127: New Tavern Fort (2 votes) Gravesend

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

129: Lindisfarne Castle (2 votes) Holy Island

130: Enniskillen Castle (2 votes) Enniskillen

131: Penrhyn Castle (2 votes) Bangor

132: Stirling Castle (2 votes) Stirling

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

134: Mont Orgueil Castle (2 votes) Gorey

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

136: Belfast Castle (2 votes) Belfast

137: Coalhouse Fort (2 votes) Tilbury

138: Lulworth Castle (2 votes) Wareham

139: Powis Castle and Garden (2 votes) Welshpool

140: Tolquhon Castle (2 votes) Ellon

141: Greenhalgh Castle (2 votes) Garstang

142: Ravenscraig Castle (2 votes) Kirkcaldy

143: Fort Paull (2 votes) Hull

144: Newark Castle (2 votes) Newark

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

146: Cadzow Castle (2 votes) Hamilton

147: Linlithgow Palace (2 votes) Linlithgow

148: Pevensey Castle (2 votes) Pevensey

149: Craigston Castle (2 votes) Turriff

150: Craigievar Castle (2 votes) Alford

151: Elizabeth Castle (2 votes) St Helier

152: Balvenie Castle (2 votes) Keith

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

154: Wolvesey Castle (2 votes) Winchester

155: Auchindoun Castle (2 votes) Dufftown

156: Urquhart Castle (2 votes) Inverness

157: Dumbarton Castle (2 votes) Dumbarton

158: Helmsley Castle (2 votes) Helmsley

159: Dunster Castle (2 votes) Dunster

160: Spynie Palace (2 votes) Elgin

161: Coity Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

162: Eynsford Castle (2 votes) Dartford

163: Kinnersley Castle (2 votes) Kinnersley

164: Lunt Roman Fort (2 votes) Coventry

165: Acton Burnell Castle (2 votes) Shrewsbury

166: Prudhoe Castle (2 votes) Prudhoe

167: Elcho Castle (2 votes) Rhynd

168: Rowallan Castle (2 votes) Kilmarnock

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

170: Skenfrith Castle (2 votes) Abergavenny

171: Huntly Castle (2 votes) Huntly

172: Muness Castle (2 votes) Unst

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

174: Mountfitchet Castle (2 votes) Stansted

175: Castle of St John (2 votes) Stranraer

176: Usk Castle (2 votes) Usk

177: Lincoln Castle (2 votes) Lincoln

178: Stormont (2 votes) Belfast

179: York Castle Museum (2 votes) York

180: Orford Castle (2 votes) Woodbridge

181: Brechin Castle Centre (2 votes) Brechin

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

183: Farleigh Hungerford Castle (2 votes) Bath

184: Broughton Castle (2 votes) Banbury

185: Keep Military Museum (2 votes) Dorchester

186: Raglan Castle (2 votes) Usk

187: Abernethy Round Tower (2 votes) Abernethy

188: Carreg Cennen Castle (2 votes) Llandeilo

189: Fort Charlotte (2 votes) Lerwick

190: Inveraray Castle (2 votes) Inveraray

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

192: Edzell Castle and Garden (1 vote) Forfar

193: Hurst Castle (1 vote) Lymington

194: Loch Leven Castle (1 vote) Kinross

195: Pickering Castle (1 vote) Pickering

196: Skipton Castle (1 vote) Skipton

197: Tattershall Castle (1 vote) Lincoln

198: Crichton Castle (1 vote) Pathhead

199: Needles Old Battery (1 vote) Alum Bay

200: Castle Rising Castle (1 vote) Kings Lynn

201: Wallingford Castle Gardens (1 vote) Wallingford

202: Fonmon Castle (1 vote) Barry

203: Hermitage Castle (1 vote) Hawick

204: Oxwich Castle (1 vote) Swansea

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

206: Brodie Castle (1 vote) Forres

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

208: Castell Coch (1 vote) Cardiff

209: Tretower Court and Castle (1 vote) Crickhowell

210: Dolbadarn Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

211: Guildford Castle (1 vote) Guildford

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

213: Sorn Castle and Garden (1 vote) Mauchline

214: Castle of Old Wick (1 vote) Wick

215: Cilgerran Castle (1 vote) Cardigan

216: Elcho Castle (1 vote) Perth

217: Royal Citadel (1 vote) Plymouth

218: Royal Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

219: Walmer Castle and Gardens (1 vote) Deal

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

221: Peel Castle (1 vote) Peel

222: Duart Castle (1 vote) Craignure

223: Bryn Bras Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

224: Lochmaben Castle (1 vote) Lochmaben

225: Laugharne Castle (1 vote) Carmarthen

226: Scotstarvit Tower (1 vote) Cupar

227: Harlech Castle (1 vote) Harlech

228: Clifford's Tower (1 vote) York

229: Kisimul Castle (1 vote) Isle of Barra

230: Carlisle Castle (1 vote) Carlisle

231: Pontefract Castle (1 vote) Pontefract

232: Camber Castle (1 vote) Rye

233: Tilbury Fort (1 vote) Tilbury

234: Cromwell's Castle (1 vote) Tresco

235: Orchardton Tower (1 vote) Castle Douglas

236: Raby Castle (1 vote) Darlington

237: Drum Castle (1 vote) Banchory

238: New Castle (1 vote) Bridgend

239: Broughty Castle Museum (1 vote) Broughty Ferry

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

241: Warkworth Castle (1 vote) Morpeth

242: Inverlochy Castle (1 vote) Fort William

243: Fort Brockhurst (1 vote) Gosport

244: Highcliffe Castle (1 vote) Highcliffe

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

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

247: Druchtag Motte (1 vote) Mochrum

248: Launceston Castle (1 vote) Launceston

249: Auckland Castle (1 vote) Bishop Auckland

250: Doune Castle (1 vote) Doune

251: Balgonie Castle Enterprises (1 vote) Glenrothes

252: Clackmannan Tower (1 vote) Clackmannan

253: Brougham Castle (1 vote) Penrith

254: Kildrummy Castle (1 vote) Alford

255: Lullingstone Castle (1 vote) Dartford

256: Threave Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

257: Crownhill Fort (1 vote) Plymouth

258: Beeston Castle (1 vote) Tarporley

259: Burleigh Castle (1 vote) Milnathort

260: Dunstanburgh Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

261: Ripley Castle & Gardens (1 vote) Harrogate

262: Fort George (1 vote) Inverness

263: Housesteads Roman Fort (1 vote) Hexham

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

265: Drumcoltran Tower (1 vote) Dalbeattie

266: Lancaster Castle (1 vote) Lancaster

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

268: Castle Fraser (1 vote) Inverurie

269: Aydon Castle (1 vote) Corbridge

270: Richborough Roman Fort (1 vote) Sandwich

271: Lochranza Castle (1 vote) Lochranza

272: Castle Campbell and Garden (1 vote) Dollar

273: Hailes Castle (1 vote) East Linton

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

275: Okehampton Castle (1 vote) Okehampton

276: Bothwell Castle (1 vote) Uddingston

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

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

279: King Charles Castle (1 vote) Tresco

280: Cardoness Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

281: Fyvie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

282: Chipchase Castle (1 vote) Hexham

283: Kilchurn Castle (1 vote) Dalmally

284: Huntingtower Castle (1 vote) Perth

285: Stokesay Castle (1 vote) Craven Arms

286: Colchester Castle Museum (1 vote) Colchester

287: Morton Castle (1 vote) Morton

288: Upton Castle Gardens (1 vote) Cosheston

289: Moreton Corbet Castle (1 vote) Newport

290: Castle Keep (1 vote) Newcastle upon Tyne

291: Old Wardour Castle (1 vote) Salisbury

292: Bowes Castle (1 vote) Barnard Castle

293: Delgatie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

294: Newark Castle (1 vote) Port Glasgow

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

296: Yarmouth Castle (1 vote) Yarmouth

297: Edlingham Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

298: Peveril Castle (1 vote) Hope Valley

299: Colchester Castle (1 vote) Colchester

300: Tantallon Castle (1 vote) North Berwick

301: Duffus Castle (1 vote) Elgin

302: Criccieth Castle (1 vote) Criccieth

303: Rochester Castle (1 vote) Rochester

304: Balvaird Castle (1 vote) Glen Farg

305: Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

306: Hemyock Castle (1 vote) Cullompton

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

308: Conisbrough Castle (1 vote) Doncaster

309: Loch Doon Castle (1 vote) Dalmellington

310: Strome Castle (1 vote) Lochcarron

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

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