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August 2018: Regency Brighton and Hove

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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: Upnor Castle (4 votes) Rochester

45: Kellie Castle & Garden (4 votes) Pittenweem

46: Dolwyddelan Castle (4 votes) Dolwyddelan

47: Craignethan Castle (4 votes) Lesmahagow

48: Sandal Castle (4 votes) Wakefield

49: Deal Castle (4 votes) Deal

50: Lauriston Castle (4 votes) Edinburgh

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51: Blairquhan Castle (3 votes) Maybole

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

53: Flint Castle (3 votes) Flint

54: Torosay Castle (3 votes) Craignure

55: Bolsover Castle (3 votes) Bolsover

56: Kidwelly Castle (3 votes) Kidwelly

57: Bolton Castle (3 votes) Leyburn

58: Kirby Muxloe Castle (3 votes) Leicester

59: Caerphilly Castle (3 votes) Caerphilly

60: Llawhaden Castle (3 votes) Narberth

61: Ayton Castle (3 votes) Eyemouth

62: Clitheroe Castle Museum (3 votes) Clitheroe

63: Grimsthorpe Castle (3 votes) Bourne

64: White Castle (3 votes) Abergavenny

65: Dunrobin Castle & Gardens (3 votes) Golspie

66: Fort Charlotte (2 votes) Lerwick

67: Enniskillen Castle (2 votes) Enniskillen

68: Neidpath Castle (2 votes) Peebles

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

70: Rowallan Castle (2 votes) Kilmarnock

71: Pembroke Castle (2 votes) Pembroke

72: Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel (2 votes) Oban

73: Restormel Castle (2 votes) Lostwithiel

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

75: Weeting Castle (2 votes) Brandon

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

77: Rockingham Castle (2 votes) Market Harborough

78: Croft Castle (2 votes) Leominster

79: Pevensey Castle (2 votes) Pevensey

80: Ardblair Castle (2 votes) Blairgowrie

81: Muness Castle (2 votes) Unst

82: Thirlestane Castle (2 votes) Lauder

83: Eynsford Castle (2 votes) Dartford

84: Picton Castle (2 votes) Haverfordwest

85: Lincoln Castle (2 votes) Lincoln

86: Ogmore Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

87: Elcho Castle (2 votes) Rhynd

88: Rothesay Castle (2 votes) Rothesay

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

90: Middleham Castle (2 votes) Leyburn

91: Carsluith Castle (2 votes) Creetown

92: Coity Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

93: Harwich Redoubt Fort (2 votes) Harwich

94: Kinnersley Castle (2 votes) Kinnersley

95: Dunnottar Castle (2 votes) Stonehaven

96: York Castle Museum (2 votes) York

97: Bayards Cove Fort (2 votes) Dartmouth

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

99: Urquhart Castle (2 votes) Inverness

100: Deddington Castle (2 votes) Banbury

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

102: Dumbarton Castle (2 votes) Dumbarton

103: Scalloway Castle (2 votes) Scalloway

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

105: Keep Military Museum (2 votes) Dorchester

106: Elizabeth Castle (2 votes) St Helier

107: St Mawes Castle (2 votes) Truro

108: Linlithgow Palace (2 votes) Linlithgow

109: Powis Castle and Garden (2 votes) Welshpool

110: New Tavern Fort (2 votes) Gravesend

111: Huntly Castle (2 votes) Huntly

112: Nunney Castle (2 votes) Frome

113: Eye Castle (2 votes) Eye

114: Ravenscraig Castle (2 votes) Kirkcaldy

115: Langley Castle (2 votes) Hexham

116: Barnard Castle (2 votes) Barnard Castle

117: Tutbury Castle (2 votes) Burton upon Trent

118: Fort Paull (2 votes) Hull

119: Castle Acre Castle (2 votes) Kings Lynn

120: Raglan Castle (2 votes) Usk

121: Belfast Castle (2 votes) Belfast

122: Lochleven Castle (2 votes) Kinross

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

124: Greenknowe Tower (2 votes) Gordon

125: Ludgershall Castle and Cross (2 votes) Ludgershall

126: Hedingham Castle (2 votes) Halstead

127: Mountfitchet Castle (2 votes) Stansted

128: Abernethy Round Tower (2 votes) Abernethy

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

130: Cadzow Castle (2 votes) Hamilton

131: Dunster Castle (2 votes) Dunster

132: Blackness Castle (2 votes) Linlithgow

133: Coalhouse Fort (2 votes) Tilbury

134: Acton Burnell Castle (2 votes) Shrewsbury

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

136: Castle of St John (2 votes) Stranraer

137: Lindisfarne Castle (2 votes) Holy Island

138: Christchurch Castle (2 votes) Christchurch

139: Balvenie Castle (2 votes) Keith

140: Inveraray Castle (2 votes) Inveraray

141: Skenfrith Castle (2 votes) Abergavenny

142: Mont Orgueil Castle (2 votes) Gorey

143: Hadleigh Castle (2 votes) Hadleigh

144: Cholmondeley Castle Garden (2 votes) Malpas

145: Nottingham Castle (2 votes) Nottingham

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

147: Greenhalgh Castle (2 votes) Garstang

148: Conwy Castle (2 votes) Conwy

149: Bolebroke Castle (2 votes) Hartfield

150: Portchester Castle (2 votes) Fareham

151: Rayleigh Mount (2 votes) Rayleigh

152: Farleigh Hungerford Castle (2 votes) Bath

153: Lulworth Castle (2 votes) Wareham

154: Drummond Castle Gardens (2 votes) Crieff

155: Spynie Palace (2 votes) Elgin

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

157: Brechin Castle Centre (2 votes) Brechin

158: Stirling Castle (2 votes) Stirling

159: Craigmillar Castle (2 votes) Edinburgh

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

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

162: MacLellan's Castle (2 votes) Kirkcudbright

163: Penrhyn Castle (2 votes) Bangor

164: Corgarff Castle (2 votes) Corgarff

165: Calshot Castle (2 votes) Southampton

166: Usk Castle (2 votes) Usk

167: Stormont (2 votes) Belfast

168: Craigievar Castle (2 votes) Alford

169: Manorbier Castle (2 votes) Tenby

170: Southsea Castle (2 votes) Portsmouth

171: Noltland Castle (2 votes) Westray

172: Chillingham Castle (2 votes) Chillingham

173: Wolvesey Castle (2 votes) Winchester

174: Hever Castle and Gardens (2 votes) Edenbridge

175: Tolquhon Castle (2 votes) Ellon

176: Helmsley Castle (2 votes) Helmsley

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

178: Broughton Castle (2 votes) Banbury

179: Carreg Cennen Castle (2 votes) Llandeilo

180: Newark Castle (2 votes) Newark

181: Prudhoe Castle (2 votes) Prudhoe

182: Rhuddlan Castle (2 votes) Rhyl

183: Tynemouth Castle and Priory (2 votes) Tynemouth

184: Craigston Castle (2 votes) Turriff

185: Newhaven Fort (2 votes) Newhaven

186: Auchindoun Castle (2 votes) Dufftown

187: New Buckenham Castle (2 votes) Norwich

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

189: Orford Castle (2 votes) Woodbridge

190: Lunt Roman Fort (2 votes) Coventry

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

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

193: Morton Castle (1 vote) Morton

194: Dolbadarn Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

195: Duffus Castle (1 vote) Elgin

196: Colchester Castle Museum (1 vote) Colchester

197: New Castle (1 vote) Bridgend

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

199: Yarmouth Castle (1 vote) Yarmouth

200: Castell Coch (1 vote) Cardiff

201: Warkworth Castle (1 vote) Morpeth

202: Highcliffe Castle (1 vote) Highcliffe

203: Delgatie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

204: Clifford's Tower (1 vote) York

205: Colchester Castle (1 vote) Colchester

206: Fort Brockhurst (1 vote) Gosport

207: Fort George (1 vote) Inverness

208: Drum Castle (1 vote) Banchory

209: Bothwell Castle (1 vote) Uddingston

210: Orchardton Tower (1 vote) Castle Douglas

211: Inverlochy Castle (1 vote) Fort William

212: Wallingford Castle Gardens (1 vote) Wallingford

213: Hermitage Castle (1 vote) Hawick

214: Walmer Castle and Gardens (1 vote) Deal

215: Kilchurn Castle (1 vote) Dalmally

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

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

218: Guildford Castle (1 vote) Guildford

219: Strome Castle (1 vote) Lochcarron

220: Bryn Bras Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

221: Lochranza Castle (1 vote) Lochranza

222: Peveril Castle (1 vote) Hope Valley

223: Cilgerran Castle (1 vote) Cardigan

224: Moreton Corbet Castle (1 vote) Newport

225: Lullingstone Castle (1 vote) Dartford

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

227: Pontefract Castle (1 vote) Pontefract

228: Doune Castle (1 vote) Doune

229: Fyvie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

230: Lancaster Castle (1 vote) Lancaster

231: Housesteads Roman Fort (1 vote) Hexham

232: Auckland Castle (1 vote) Bishop Auckland

233: Castle Keep (1 vote) Newcastle upon Tyne

234: Oxwich Castle (1 vote) Swansea

235: Pickering Castle (1 vote) Pickering

236: Okehampton Castle (1 vote) Okehampton

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

238: Druchtag Motte (1 vote) Mochrum

239: Stokesay Castle (1 vote) Craven Arms

240: Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

241: Crownhill Fort (1 vote) Plymouth

242: Hurst Castle (1 vote) Lymington

243: Elcho Castle (1 vote) Perth

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

245: Cardoness Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

246: Clackmannan Tower (1 vote) Clackmannan

247: Harlech Castle (1 vote) Harlech

248: Duart Castle (1 vote) Craignure

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

250: Brodie Castle (1 vote) Forres

251: Royal Citadel (1 vote) Plymouth

252: Chipchase Castle (1 vote) Hexham

253: Drumcoltran Tower (1 vote) Dalbeattie

254: Tantallon Castle (1 vote) North Berwick

255: Tretower Court and Castle (1 vote) Crickhowell

256: Laugharne Castle (1 vote) Carmarthen

257: Hailes Castle (1 vote) East Linton

258: Richborough Roman Fort (1 vote) Sandwich

259: Kildrummy Castle (1 vote) Alford

260: Peel Castle (1 vote) Peel

261: Conisbrough Castle (1 vote) Doncaster

262: Castle Campbell and Garden (1 vote) Dollar

263: Scotstarvit Tower (1 vote) Cupar

264: Huntingtower Castle (1 vote) Perth

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

266: Newark Castle (1 vote) Port Glasgow

267: Castle Rising Castle (1 vote) Kings Lynn

268: Raby Castle (1 vote) Darlington

269: Castle Fraser (1 vote) Inverurie

270: Carlisle Castle (1 vote) Carlisle

271: Dunstanburgh Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

272: Loch Doon Castle (1 vote) Dalmellington

273: Skipton Castle (1 vote) Skipton

274: Old Wardour Castle (1 vote) Salisbury

275: Royal Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

276: Rochester Castle (1 vote) Rochester

277: Balvaird Castle (1 vote) Glen Farg

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

279: Launceston Castle (1 vote) Launceston

280: Cromwell's Castle (1 vote) Tresco

281: Aydon Castle (1 vote) Corbridge

282: Loch Leven Castle (1 vote) Kinross

283: Ripley Castle & Gardens (1 vote) Harrogate

284: Balgonie Castle Enterprises (1 vote) Glenrothes

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

286: Bowes Castle (1 vote) Barnard Castle

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

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

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

290: Brougham Castle (1 vote) Penrith

291: Edlingham Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

292: Lochmaben Castle (1 vote) Lochmaben

293: Castle of Old Wick (1 vote) Wick

294: Criccieth Castle (1 vote) Criccieth

295: Camber Castle (1 vote) Rye

296: King Charles Castle (1 vote) Tresco

297: Fonmon Castle (1 vote) Barry

298: Tilbury Fort (1 vote) Tilbury

299: Sorn Castle and Garden (1 vote) Mauchline

300: Burleigh Castle (1 vote) Milnathort

301: Upton Castle Gardens (1 vote) Cosheston

302: Edzell Castle and Garden (1 vote) Forfar

303: Hemyock Castle (1 vote) Cullompton

304: Kisimul Castle (1 vote) Isle of Barra

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

306: Needles Old Battery (1 vote) Alum Bay

307: Crichton Castle (1 vote) Pathhead

308: Broughty Castle Museum (1 vote) Broughty Ferry

309: Threave Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

310: Beeston Castle (1 vote) Tarporley

311: Tattershall Castle (1 vote) Lincoln

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