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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: Cardiff Castle (717 votes) Cardiff

9: Fort Grey (717 votes) St Peters

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: Lauriston Castle (4 votes) Edinburgh

46: Kellie Castle & Garden (4 votes) Pittenweem

47: Craignethan Castle (4 votes) Lesmahagow

48: Dolwyddelan Castle (4 votes) Dolwyddelan

49: Sandal Castle (4 votes) Wakefield

50: Deal Castle (4 votes) Deal

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51: Llawhaden Castle (3 votes) Narberth

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

53: Ayton Castle (3 votes) Eyemouth

54: Dunrobin Castle & Gardens (3 votes) Golspie

55: White Castle (3 votes) Abergavenny

56: Blairquhan Castle (3 votes) Maybole

57: Bolsover Castle (3 votes) Bolsover

58: Bolton Castle (3 votes) Leyburn

59: Kirby Muxloe Castle (3 votes) Leicester

60: Flint Castle (3 votes) Flint

61: Torosay Castle (3 votes) Craignure

62: Kidwelly Castle (3 votes) Kidwelly

63: Clitheroe Castle Museum (3 votes) Clitheroe

64: Grimsthorpe Castle (3 votes) Bourne

65: Caerphilly Castle (3 votes) Caerphilly

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

67: Conwy Castle (2 votes) Conwy

68: Brechin Castle Centre (2 votes) Brechin

69: Tolquhon Castle (2 votes) Ellon

70: Restormel Castle (2 votes) Lostwithiel

71: Helmsley Castle (2 votes) Helmsley

72: Farleigh Hungerford Castle (2 votes) Bath

73: Stirling Castle (2 votes) Stirling

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

75: Weeting Castle (2 votes) Brandon

76: Rockingham Castle (2 votes) Market Harborough

77: Craigston Castle (2 votes) Turriff

78: Auchindoun Castle (2 votes) Dufftown

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

80: Croft Castle (2 votes) Leominster

81: Pevensey Castle (2 votes) Pevensey

82: MacLellan's Castle (2 votes) Kirkcudbright

83: Penrhyn Castle (2 votes) Bangor

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

85: Usk Castle (2 votes) Usk

86: Stormont (2 votes) Belfast

87: Lunt Roman Fort (2 votes) Coventry

88: Manorbier Castle (2 votes) Tenby

89: Eynsford Castle (2 votes) Dartford

90: Lincoln Castle (2 votes) Lincoln

91: Neidpath Castle (2 votes) Peebles

92: Noltland Castle (2 votes) Westray

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

94: Carreg Cennen Castle (2 votes) Llandeilo

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

96: Harwich Redoubt Fort (2 votes) Harwich

97: Kinnersley Castle (2 votes) Kinnersley

98: Bayards Cove Fort (2 votes) Dartmouth

99: Rhuddlan Castle (2 votes) Rhyl

100: Tynemouth Castle and Priory (2 votes) Tynemouth

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

102: Ardblair Castle (2 votes) Blairgowrie

103: Deddington Castle (2 votes) Banbury

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

105: Pembroke Castle (2 votes) Pembroke

106: Fort Charlotte (2 votes) Lerwick

107: Enniskillen Castle (2 votes) Enniskillen

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

109: Rowallan Castle (2 votes) Kilmarnock

110: Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel (2 votes) Oban

111: Elcho Castle (2 votes) Rhynd

112: St Mawes Castle (2 votes) Truro

113: Middleham Castle (2 votes) Leyburn

114: Keep Military Museum (2 votes) Dorchester

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

116: Dunnottar Castle (2 votes) Stonehaven

117: York Castle Museum (2 votes) York

118: New Tavern Fort (2 votes) Gravesend

119: Nunney Castle (2 votes) Frome

120: Eye Castle (2 votes) Eye

121: Dumbarton Castle (2 votes) Dumbarton

122: Urquhart Castle (2 votes) Inverness

123: Barnard Castle (2 votes) Barnard Castle

124: Tutbury Castle (2 votes) Burton upon Trent

125: Picton Castle (2 votes) Haverfordwest

126: Muness Castle (2 votes) Unst

127: Thirlestane Castle (2 votes) Lauder

128: Langley Castle (2 votes) Hexham

129: Rothesay Castle (2 votes) Rothesay

130: Ogmore Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

131: Castle Acre Castle (2 votes) Kings Lynn

132: Linlithgow Palace (2 votes) Linlithgow

133: Carsluith Castle (2 votes) Creetown

134: Ludgershall Castle and Cross (2 votes) Ludgershall

135: Hedingham Castle (2 votes) Halstead

136: Mountfitchet Castle (2 votes) Stansted

137: Huntly Castle (2 votes) Huntly

138: Coity Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

139: Dunster Castle (2 votes) Dunster

140: Ravenscraig Castle (2 votes) Kirkcaldy

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

142: Acton Burnell Castle (2 votes) Shrewsbury

143: Coalhouse Fort (2 votes) Tilbury

144: Scalloway Castle (2 votes) Scalloway

145: Lindisfarne Castle (2 votes) Holy Island

146: Christchurch Castle (2 votes) Christchurch

147: Cholmondeley Castle Garden (2 votes) Malpas

148: Lochleven Castle (2 votes) Kinross

149: Hadleigh Castle (2 votes) Hadleigh

150: Nottingham Castle (2 votes) Nottingham

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

152: Elizabeth Castle (2 votes) St Helier

153: Greenhalgh Castle (2 votes) Garstang

154: Powis Castle and Garden (2 votes) Welshpool

155: Bolebroke Castle (2 votes) Hartfield

156: Lulworth Castle (2 votes) Wareham

157: Portchester Castle (2 votes) Fareham

158: Rayleigh Mount (2 votes) Rayleigh

159: Abernethy Round Tower (2 votes) Abernethy

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

161: Blackness Castle (2 votes) Linlithgow

162: Cadzow Castle (2 votes) Hamilton

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

164: Balvenie Castle (2 votes) Keith

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

166: Calshot Castle (2 votes) Southampton

167: Fort Paull (2 votes) Hull

168: Raglan Castle (2 votes) Usk

169: Belfast Castle (2 votes) Belfast

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

171: Greenknowe Tower (2 votes) Gordon

172: Southsea Castle (2 votes) Portsmouth

173: Drummond Castle Gardens (2 votes) Crieff

174: Wolvesey Castle (2 votes) Winchester

175: Spynie Palace (2 votes) Elgin

176: Hever Castle and Gardens (2 votes) Edenbridge

177: Chillingham Castle (2 votes) Chillingham

178: Broughton Castle (2 votes) Banbury

179: Craigmillar Castle (2 votes) Edinburgh

180: Newark Castle (2 votes) Newark

181: Corgarff Castle (2 votes) Corgarff

182: Newhaven Fort (2 votes) Newhaven

183: Castle of St John (2 votes) Stranraer

184: Prudhoe Castle (2 votes) Prudhoe

185: Inveraray Castle (2 votes) Inveraray

186: Craigievar Castle (2 votes) Alford

187: Skenfrith Castle (2 votes) Abergavenny

188: Orford Castle (2 votes) Woodbridge

189: Mont Orgueil Castle (2 votes) Gorey

190: New Buckenham Castle (2 votes) Norwich

191: Castle of Old Wick (1 vote) Wick

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

193: Loch Doon Castle (1 vote) Dalmellington

194: Colchester Castle Museum (1 vote) Colchester

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

196: Burleigh Castle (1 vote) Milnathort

197: Cromwell's Castle (1 vote) Tresco

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

199: Royal Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

200: Crichton Castle (1 vote) Pathhead

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

202: Colchester Castle (1 vote) Colchester

203: Warkworth Castle (1 vote) Morpeth

204: Highcliffe Castle (1 vote) Highcliffe

205: Fort Brockhurst (1 vote) Gosport

206: Wallingford Castle Gardens (1 vote) Wallingford

207: Duffus Castle (1 vote) Elgin

208: Lochmaben Castle (1 vote) Lochmaben

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

210: Criccieth Castle (1 vote) Criccieth

211: Upton Castle Gardens (1 vote) Cosheston

212: Edzell Castle and Garden (1 vote) Forfar

213: King Charles Castle (1 vote) Tresco

214: Fonmon Castle (1 vote) Barry

215: Walmer Castle and Gardens (1 vote) Deal

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

217: Sorn Castle and Garden (1 vote) Mauchline

218: Guildford Castle (1 vote) Guildford

219: Broughty Castle Museum (1 vote) Broughty Ferry

220: Peveril Castle (1 vote) Hope Valley

221: Kisimul Castle (1 vote) Isle of Barra

222: Needles Old Battery (1 vote) Alum Bay

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

224: Moreton Corbet Castle (1 vote) Newport

225: Delgatie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

226: Clifford's Tower (1 vote) York

227: Lullingstone Castle (1 vote) Dartford

228: Threave Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

229: Drum Castle (1 vote) Banchory

230: Bothwell Castle (1 vote) Uddingston

231: Lancaster Castle (1 vote) Lancaster

232: Fort George (1 vote) Inverness

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

234: Inverlochy Castle (1 vote) Fort William

235: Morton Castle (1 vote) Morton

236: Dolbadarn Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

237: Housesteads Roman Fort (1 vote) Hexham

238: Auckland Castle (1 vote) Bishop Auckland

239: New Castle (1 vote) Bridgend

240: Okehampton Castle (1 vote) Okehampton

241: Strome Castle (1 vote) Lochcarron

242: Yarmouth Castle (1 vote) Yarmouth

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

244: Stokesay Castle (1 vote) Craven Arms

245: Castell Coch (1 vote) Cardiff

246: Crownhill Fort (1 vote) Plymouth

247: Hurst Castle (1 vote) Lymington

248: Doune Castle (1 vote) Doune

249: Fyvie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

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

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

252: Orchardton Tower (1 vote) Castle Douglas

253: Kilchurn Castle (1 vote) Dalmally

254: Pickering Castle (1 vote) Pickering

255: Royal Citadel (1 vote) Plymouth

256: Hermitage Castle (1 vote) Hawick

257: Cilgerran Castle (1 vote) Cardigan

258: Bryn Bras Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

259: Chipchase Castle (1 vote) Hexham

260: Lochranza Castle (1 vote) Lochranza

261: Richborough Roman Fort (1 vote) Sandwich

262: Elcho Castle (1 vote) Perth

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

264: Pontefract Castle (1 vote) Pontefract

265: Castle Keep (1 vote) Newcastle upon Tyne

266: Brodie Castle (1 vote) Forres

267: Oxwich Castle (1 vote) Swansea

268: Castle Rising Castle (1 vote) Kings Lynn

269: Raby Castle (1 vote) Darlington

270: Tantallon Castle (1 vote) North Berwick

271: Hailes Castle (1 vote) East Linton

272: Druchtag Motte (1 vote) Mochrum

273: Old Wardour Castle (1 vote) Salisbury

274: Carlisle Castle (1 vote) Carlisle

275: Dunstanburgh Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

276: Kildrummy Castle (1 vote) Alford

277: Launceston Castle (1 vote) Launceston

278: Rochester Castle (1 vote) Rochester

279: Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

280: Huntingtower Castle (1 vote) Perth

281: Newark Castle (1 vote) Port Glasgow

282: Scotstarvit Tower (1 vote) Cupar

283: Aydon Castle (1 vote) Corbridge

284: Bowes Castle (1 vote) Barnard Castle

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

286: Cardoness Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

287: Clackmannan Tower (1 vote) Clackmannan

288: Harlech Castle (1 vote) Harlech

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

290: Duart Castle (1 vote) Craignure

291: Castle Fraser (1 vote) Inverurie

292: Tretower Court and Castle (1 vote) Crickhowell

293: Laugharne Castle (1 vote) Carmarthen

294: Skipton Castle (1 vote) Skipton

295: Camber Castle (1 vote) Rye

296: Drumcoltran Tower (1 vote) Dalbeattie

297: Brougham Castle (1 vote) Penrith

298: Edlingham Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

299: Peel Castle (1 vote) Peel

300: Tilbury Fort (1 vote) Tilbury

301: Conisbrough Castle (1 vote) Doncaster

302: Balvaird Castle (1 vote) Glen Farg

303: Hemyock Castle (1 vote) Cullompton

304: Loch Leven Castle (1 vote) Kinross

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

306: Ripley Castle & Gardens (1 vote) Harrogate

307: Castle Campbell and Garden (1 vote) Dollar

308: Beeston Castle (1 vote) Tarporley

309: Balgonie Castle Enterprises (1 vote) Glenrothes

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

311: Tattershall Castle (1 vote) Lincoln

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