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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: Glamis Castle (434 votes) Forfar

19: Kenilworth Castle (434 votes) Kenilworth

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: Upnor Castle (4 votes) Rochester

45: Deal Castle (4 votes) Deal

46: Lauriston Castle (4 votes) Edinburgh

47: Dolwyddelan Castle (4 votes) Dolwyddelan

48: Kellie Castle & Garden (4 votes) Pittenweem

49: Sandal Castle (4 votes) Wakefield

50: Craignethan Castle (4 votes) Lesmahagow

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51: Blairquhan Castle (3 votes) Maybole

52: Ayton Castle (3 votes) Eyemouth

53: Llawhaden Castle (3 votes) Narberth

54: Caerphilly Castle (3 votes) Caerphilly

55: Bolsover Castle (3 votes) Bolsover

56: Flint Castle (3 votes) Flint

57: Kirby Muxloe Castle (3 votes) Leicester

58: Dunrobin Castle & Gardens (3 votes) Golspie

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

60: Bolton Castle (3 votes) Leyburn

61: Kidwelly Castle (3 votes) Kidwelly

62: Clitheroe Castle Museum (3 votes) Clitheroe

63: Grimsthorpe Castle (3 votes) Bourne

64: Torosay Castle (3 votes) Craignure

65: White Castle (3 votes) Abergavenny

66: Mont Orgueil Castle (2 votes) Gorey

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

68: Hadleigh Castle (2 votes) Hadleigh

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

70: Nottingham Castle (2 votes) Nottingham

71: Coalhouse Fort (2 votes) Tilbury

72: Lulworth Castle (2 votes) Wareham

73: Powis Castle and Garden (2 votes) Welshpool

74: Tolquhon Castle (2 votes) Ellon

75: Elcho Castle (2 votes) Rhynd

76: Newark Castle (2 votes) Newark

77: Rowallan Castle (2 votes) Kilmarnock

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

79: Chillingham Castle (2 votes) Chillingham

80: Fort Paull (2 votes) Hull

81: Linlithgow Palace (2 votes) Linlithgow

82: Pevensey Castle (2 votes) Pevensey

83: York Castle Museum (2 votes) York

84: Craigston Castle (2 votes) Turriff

85: Hever Castle and Gardens (2 votes) Edenbridge

86: Muness Castle (2 votes) Unst

87: Balvenie Castle (2 votes) Keith

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

89: Urquhart Castle (2 votes) Inverness

90: Dumbarton Castle (2 votes) Dumbarton

91: Spynie Palace (2 votes) Elgin

92: Coity Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

93: Eynsford Castle (2 votes) Dartford

94: Helmsley Castle (2 votes) Helmsley

95: Lunt Roman Fort (2 votes) Coventry

96: Acton Burnell Castle (2 votes) Shrewsbury

97: Prudhoe Castle (2 votes) Prudhoe

98: Kinnersley Castle (2 votes) Kinnersley

99: Enniskillen Castle (2 votes) Enniskillen

100: Fort Charlotte (2 votes) Lerwick

101: Skenfrith Castle (2 votes) Abergavenny

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

103: Eye Castle (2 votes) Eye

104: Huntly Castle (2 votes) Huntly

105: Belfast Castle (2 votes) Belfast

106: Deddington Castle (2 votes) Banbury

107: Mountfitchet Castle (2 votes) Stansted

108: Castle of St John (2 votes) Stranraer

109: Usk Castle (2 votes) Usk

110: Weeting Castle (2 votes) Brandon

111: Orford Castle (2 votes) Woodbridge

112: Brechin Castle Centre (2 votes) Brechin

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

114: Greenhalgh Castle (2 votes) Garstang

115: Farleigh Hungerford Castle (2 votes) Bath

116: Lochleven Castle (2 votes) Kinross

117: Raglan Castle (2 votes) Usk

118: Cadzow Castle (2 votes) Hamilton

119: Carreg Cennen Castle (2 votes) Llandeilo

120: Newhaven Fort (2 votes) Newhaven

121: Scalloway Castle (2 votes) Scalloway

122: Christchurch Castle (2 votes) Christchurch

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

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

125: Auchindoun Castle (2 votes) Dufftown

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

127: Noltland Castle (2 votes) Westray

128: Barnard Castle (2 votes) Barnard Castle

129: Rothesay Castle (2 votes) Rothesay

130: Dunnottar Castle (2 votes) Stonehaven

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

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

133: Conwy Castle (2 votes) Conwy

134: MacLellan's Castle (2 votes) Kirkcudbright

135: Ardblair Castle (2 votes) Blairgowrie

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

137: Rayleigh Mount (2 votes) Rayleigh

138: Langley Castle (2 votes) Hexham

139: Blackness Castle (2 votes) Linlithgow

140: Lincoln Castle (2 votes) Lincoln

141: Ludgershall Castle and Cross (2 votes) Ludgershall

142: Picton Castle (2 votes) Haverfordwest

143: Calshot Castle (2 votes) Southampton

144: Croft Castle (2 votes) Leominster

145: Stormont (2 votes) Belfast

146: New Buckenham Castle (2 votes) Norwich

147: Bayards Cove Fort (2 votes) Dartmouth

148: Broughton Castle (2 votes) Banbury

149: Keep Military Museum (2 votes) Dorchester

150: Abernethy Round Tower (2 votes) Abernethy

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

152: Corgarff Castle (2 votes) Corgarff

153: Manorbier Castle (2 votes) Tenby

154: Restormel Castle (2 votes) Lostwithiel

155: Carsluith Castle (2 votes) Creetown

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

157: Tutbury Castle (2 votes) Burton upon Trent

158: Inveraray Castle (2 votes) Inveraray

159: Greenknowe Tower (2 votes) Gordon

160: Nunney Castle (2 votes) Frome

161: Southsea Castle (2 votes) Portsmouth

162: Wolvesey Castle (2 votes) Winchester

163: Drummond Castle Gardens (2 votes) Crieff

164: Rockingham Castle (2 votes) Market Harborough

165: Craigievar Castle (2 votes) Alford

166: Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel (2 votes) Oban

167: Hedingham Castle (2 votes) Halstead

168: Dunster Castle (2 votes) Dunster

169: Pembroke Castle (2 votes) Pembroke

170: St Mawes Castle (2 votes) Truro

171: Craigmillar Castle (2 votes) Edinburgh

172: Thirlestane Castle (2 votes) Lauder

173: Middleham Castle (2 votes) Leyburn

174: Rhuddlan Castle (2 votes) Rhyl

175: Castle Acre Castle (2 votes) Kings Lynn

176: Tynemouth Castle and Priory (2 votes) Tynemouth

177: Ogmore Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

178: Bolebroke Castle (2 votes) Hartfield

179: Neidpath Castle (2 votes) Peebles

180: Harwich Redoubt Fort (2 votes) Harwich

181: Portchester Castle (2 votes) Fareham

182: Cholmondeley Castle Garden (2 votes) Malpas

183: New Tavern Fort (2 votes) Gravesend

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

185: Ravenscraig Castle (2 votes) Kirkcaldy

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

187: Elizabeth Castle (2 votes) St Helier

188: Lindisfarne Castle (2 votes) Holy Island

189: Penrhyn Castle (2 votes) Bangor

190: Stirling Castle (2 votes) Stirling

191: Drumcoltran Tower (1 vote) Dalbeattie

192: Morton Castle (1 vote) Morton

193: Aydon Castle (1 vote) Corbridge

194: Richborough Roman Fort (1 vote) Sandwich

195: Castle Campbell and Garden (1 vote) Dollar

196: Okehampton Castle (1 vote) Okehampton

197: Bothwell Castle (1 vote) Uddingston

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

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

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

201: Broughty Castle Museum (1 vote) Broughty Ferry

202: Cardoness Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

203: King Charles Castle (1 vote) Tresco

204: Raby Castle (1 vote) Darlington

205: Druchtag Motte (1 vote) Mochrum

206: Chipchase Castle (1 vote) Hexham

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

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

209: Stokesay Castle (1 vote) Craven Arms

210: Colchester Castle (1 vote) Colchester

211: Huntingtower Castle (1 vote) Perth

212: Duffus Castle (1 vote) Elgin

213: Moreton Corbet Castle (1 vote) Newport

214: Brodie Castle (1 vote) Forres

215: Clackmannan Tower (1 vote) Clackmannan

216: Castle Keep (1 vote) Newcastle upon Tyne

217: Old Wardour Castle (1 vote) Salisbury

218: Bowes Castle (1 vote) Barnard Castle

219: Loch Doon Castle (1 vote) Dalmellington

220: Burleigh Castle (1 vote) Milnathort

221: Delgatie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

222: Newark Castle (1 vote) Port Glasgow

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

224: Yarmouth Castle (1 vote) Yarmouth

225: Edlingham Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

226: Ripley Castle & Gardens (1 vote) Harrogate

227: Peveril Castle (1 vote) Hope Valley

228: Lochranza Castle (1 vote) Lochranza

229: Tantallon Castle (1 vote) North Berwick

230: Criccieth Castle (1 vote) Criccieth

231: Lancaster Castle (1 vote) Lancaster

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

233: Rochester Castle (1 vote) Rochester

234: Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

235: Conisbrough Castle (1 vote) Doncaster

236: Hemyock Castle (1 vote) Cullompton

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

238: Drum Castle (1 vote) Banchory

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

240: Edzell Castle and Garden (1 vote) Forfar

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

242: Loch Leven Castle (1 vote) Kinross

243: Pickering Castle (1 vote) Pickering

244: Tattershall Castle (1 vote) Lincoln

245: Crichton Castle (1 vote) Pathhead

246: Hurst Castle (1 vote) Lymington

247: Needles Old Battery (1 vote) Alum Bay

248: Upton Castle Gardens (1 vote) Cosheston

249: Castle Rising Castle (1 vote) Kings Lynn

250: Wallingford Castle Gardens (1 vote) Wallingford

251: Fonmon Castle (1 vote) Barry

252: Balgonie Castle Enterprises (1 vote) Glenrothes

253: Oxwich Castle (1 vote) Swansea

254: Hermitage Castle (1 vote) Hawick

255: Lochmaben Castle (1 vote) Lochmaben

256: Castell Coch (1 vote) Cardiff

257: Tretower Court and Castle (1 vote) Crickhowell

258: Dolbadarn Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

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

260: Scotstarvit Tower (1 vote) Cupar

261: Sorn Castle and Garden (1 vote) Mauchline

262: Cilgerran Castle (1 vote) Cardigan

263: Elcho Castle (1 vote) Perth

264: Guildford Castle (1 vote) Guildford

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

266: Kisimul Castle (1 vote) Isle of Barra

267: Balvaird Castle (1 vote) Glen Farg

268: Royal Citadel (1 vote) Plymouth

269: Castle Fraser (1 vote) Inverurie

270: Orchardton Tower (1 vote) Castle Douglas

271: Royal Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

272: Walmer Castle and Gardens (1 vote) Deal

273: Inverlochy Castle (1 vote) Fort William

274: Peel Castle (1 vote) Peel

275: Bryn Bras Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

276: Strome Castle (1 vote) Lochcarron

277: Laugharne Castle (1 vote) Carmarthen

278: Fyvie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

279: Clifford's Tower (1 vote) York

280: Carlisle Castle (1 vote) Carlisle

281: Harlech Castle (1 vote) Harlech

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

283: Pontefract Castle (1 vote) Pontefract

284: Camber Castle (1 vote) Rye

285: Tilbury Fort (1 vote) Tilbury

286: Skipton Castle (1 vote) Skipton

287: Cromwell's Castle (1 vote) Tresco

288: Colchester Castle Museum (1 vote) Colchester

289: New Castle (1 vote) Bridgend

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

291: Warkworth Castle (1 vote) Morpeth

292: Fort Brockhurst (1 vote) Gosport

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

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

295: Highcliffe Castle (1 vote) Highcliffe

296: Launceston Castle (1 vote) Launceston

297: Auckland Castle (1 vote) Bishop Auckland

298: Castle of Old Wick (1 vote) Wick

299: Doune Castle (1 vote) Doune

300: Hailes Castle (1 vote) East Linton

301: Brougham Castle (1 vote) Penrith

302: Lullingstone Castle (1 vote) Dartford

303: Threave Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

304: Crownhill Fort (1 vote) Plymouth

305: Kildrummy Castle (1 vote) Alford

306: Beeston Castle (1 vote) Tarporley

307: Dunstanburgh Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

308: Fort George (1 vote) Inverness

309: Kilchurn Castle (1 vote) Dalmally

310: Duart Castle (1 vote) Craignure

311: Housesteads Roman Fort (1 vote) Hexham

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