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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: 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: Craignethan Castle (4 votes) Lesmahagow

45: Upnor Castle (4 votes) Rochester

46: Deal Castle (4 votes) Deal

47: Lauriston Castle (4 votes) Edinburgh

48: Dolwyddelan Castle (4 votes) Dolwyddelan

49: Kellie Castle & Garden (4 votes) Pittenweem

50: Sandal Castle (4 votes) Wakefield

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51: Clitheroe Castle Museum (3 votes) Clitheroe

52: Grimsthorpe Castle (3 votes) Bourne

53: White Castle (3 votes) Abergavenny

54: Blairquhan Castle (3 votes) Maybole

55: Ayton Castle (3 votes) Eyemouth

56: Caerphilly Castle (3 votes) Caerphilly

57: Llawhaden Castle (3 votes) Narberth

58: Bolsover Castle (3 votes) Bolsover

59: Flint Castle (3 votes) Flint

60: Kirby Muxloe Castle (3 votes) Leicester

61: Dunrobin Castle & Gardens (3 votes) Golspie

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

63: Bolton Castle (3 votes) Leyburn

64: Kidwelly Castle (3 votes) Kidwelly

65: Torosay Castle (3 votes) Craignure

66: Rhuddlan Castle (2 votes) Rhyl

67: Castle Acre Castle (2 votes) Kings Lynn

68: Tynemouth Castle and Priory (2 votes) Tynemouth

69: Carsluith Castle (2 votes) Creetown

70: Middleham Castle (2 votes) Leyburn

71: Bolebroke Castle (2 votes) Hartfield

72: Wolvesey Castle (2 votes) Winchester

73: Greenknowe Tower (2 votes) Gordon

74: Harwich Redoubt Fort (2 votes) Harwich

75: Ogmore Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

76: Portchester Castle (2 votes) Fareham

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

78: Cholmondeley Castle Garden (2 votes) Malpas

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

80: Elizabeth Castle (2 votes) St Helier

81: New Tavern Fort (2 votes) Gravesend

82: Stirling Castle (2 votes) Stirling

83: Lindisfarne Castle (2 votes) Holy Island

84: Penrhyn Castle (2 votes) Bangor

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

86: Hever Castle and Gardens (2 votes) Edenbridge

87: Mont Orgueil Castle (2 votes) Gorey

88: Coalhouse Fort (2 votes) Tilbury

89: Nottingham Castle (2 votes) Nottingham

90: Powis Castle and Garden (2 votes) Welshpool

91: Tolquhon Castle (2 votes) Ellon

92: Lulworth Castle (2 votes) Wareham

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

94: Chillingham Castle (2 votes) Chillingham

95: Ravenscraig Castle (2 votes) Kirkcaldy

96: Fort Paull (2 votes) Hull

97: Newark Castle (2 votes) Newark

98: Craigston Castle (2 votes) Turriff

99: York Castle Museum (2 votes) York

100: Linlithgow Palace (2 votes) Linlithgow

101: Pevensey Castle (2 votes) Pevensey

102: Balvenie Castle (2 votes) Keith

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

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

105: Urquhart Castle (2 votes) Inverness

106: Dumbarton Castle (2 votes) Dumbarton

107: Hadleigh Castle (2 votes) Hadleigh

108: Spynie Palace (2 votes) Elgin

109: Coity Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

110: Eynsford Castle (2 votes) Dartford

111: Helmsley Castle (2 votes) Helmsley

112: Acton Burnell Castle (2 votes) Shrewsbury

113: Prudhoe Castle (2 votes) Prudhoe

114: Kinnersley Castle (2 votes) Kinnersley

115: Lunt Roman Fort (2 votes) Coventry

116: Skenfrith Castle (2 votes) Abergavenny

117: Elcho Castle (2 votes) Rhynd

118: Rowallan Castle (2 votes) Kilmarnock

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

120: Huntly Castle (2 votes) Huntly

121: Castle of St John (2 votes) Stranraer

122: Usk Castle (2 votes) Usk

123: Muness Castle (2 votes) Unst

124: Mountfitchet Castle (2 votes) Stansted

125: Brechin Castle Centre (2 votes) Brechin

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

127: Farleigh Hungerford Castle (2 votes) Bath

128: Orford Castle (2 votes) Woodbridge

129: Raglan Castle (2 votes) Usk

130: Carreg Cennen Castle (2 votes) Llandeilo

131: Enniskillen Castle (2 votes) Enniskillen

132: Christchurch Castle (2 votes) Christchurch

133: Fort Charlotte (2 votes) Lerwick

134: Newhaven Fort (2 votes) Newhaven

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

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

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

138: Eye Castle (2 votes) Eye

139: Belfast Castle (2 votes) Belfast

140: Barnard Castle (2 votes) Barnard Castle

141: Rothesay Castle (2 votes) Rothesay

142: Weeting Castle (2 votes) Brandon

143: Dunnottar Castle (2 votes) Stonehaven

144: Deddington Castle (2 votes) Banbury

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

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

147: Conwy Castle (2 votes) Conwy

148: Greenhalgh Castle (2 votes) Garstang

149: Ardblair Castle (2 votes) Blairgowrie

150: Rayleigh Mount (2 votes) Rayleigh

151: Cadzow Castle (2 votes) Hamilton

152: Lochleven Castle (2 votes) Kinross

153: Langley Castle (2 votes) Hexham

154: MacLellan's Castle (2 votes) Kirkcudbright

155: Blackness Castle (2 votes) Linlithgow

156: Scalloway Castle (2 votes) Scalloway

157: Lincoln Castle (2 votes) Lincoln

158: Picton Castle (2 votes) Haverfordwest

159: Calshot Castle (2 votes) Southampton

160: Auchindoun Castle (2 votes) Dufftown

161: Croft Castle (2 votes) Leominster

162: Ludgershall Castle and Cross (2 votes) Ludgershall

163: Bayards Cove Fort (2 votes) Dartmouth

164: Rockingham Castle (2 votes) Market Harborough

165: Noltland Castle (2 votes) Westray

166: New Buckenham Castle (2 votes) Norwich

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

168: Corgarff Castle (2 votes) Corgarff

169: Keep Military Museum (2 votes) Dorchester

170: Hedingham Castle (2 votes) Halstead

171: Restormel Castle (2 votes) Lostwithiel

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

173: Tutbury Castle (2 votes) Burton upon Trent

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

175: Manorbier Castle (2 votes) Tenby

176: Inveraray Castle (2 votes) Inveraray

177: Southsea Castle (2 votes) Portsmouth

178: Neidpath Castle (2 votes) Peebles

179: Nunney Castle (2 votes) Frome

180: Drummond Castle Gardens (2 votes) Crieff

181: Stormont (2 votes) Belfast

182: Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel (2 votes) Oban

183: Craigievar Castle (2 votes) Alford

184: Broughton Castle (2 votes) Banbury

185: St Mawes Castle (2 votes) Truro

186: Abernethy Round Tower (2 votes) Abernethy

187: Craigmillar Castle (2 votes) Edinburgh

188: Dunster Castle (2 votes) Dunster

189: Thirlestane Castle (2 votes) Lauder

190: Pembroke Castle (2 votes) Pembroke

191: Auckland Castle (1 vote) Bishop Auckland

192: Doune Castle (1 vote) Doune

193: Launceston Castle (1 vote) Launceston

194: Brougham Castle (1 vote) Penrith

195: Threave Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

196: Crownhill Fort (1 vote) Plymouth

197: Kildrummy Castle (1 vote) Alford

198: Lullingstone Castle (1 vote) Dartford

199: Beeston Castle (1 vote) Tarporley

200: Dunstanburgh Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

201: Raby Castle (1 vote) Darlington

202: Fort George (1 vote) Inverness

203: Housesteads Roman Fort (1 vote) Hexham

204: Duart Castle (1 vote) Craignure

205: Aydon Castle (1 vote) Corbridge

206: Richborough Roman Fort (1 vote) Sandwich

207: Castle Campbell and Garden (1 vote) Dollar

208: Castle of Old Wick (1 vote) Wick

209: Druchtag Motte (1 vote) Mochrum

210: Bothwell Castle (1 vote) Uddingston

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

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

213: Hailes Castle (1 vote) East Linton

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

215: Okehampton Castle (1 vote) Okehampton

216: Cardoness Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

217: King Charles Castle (1 vote) Tresco

218: Chipchase Castle (1 vote) Hexham

219: Stokesay Castle (1 vote) Craven Arms

220: Kilchurn Castle (1 vote) Dalmally

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

222: Huntingtower Castle (1 vote) Perth

223: Castle Keep (1 vote) Newcastle upon Tyne

224: Drumcoltran Tower (1 vote) Dalbeattie

225: Lancaster Castle (1 vote) Lancaster

226: Morton Castle (1 vote) Morton

227: Brodie Castle (1 vote) Forres

228: Moreton Corbet Castle (1 vote) Newport

229: Bowes Castle (1 vote) Barnard Castle

230: Old Wardour Castle (1 vote) Salisbury

231: Broughty Castle Museum (1 vote) Broughty Ferry

232: Delgatie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

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

234: Ripley Castle & Gardens (1 vote) Harrogate

235: Yarmouth Castle (1 vote) Yarmouth

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

237: Edlingham Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

238: Newark Castle (1 vote) Port Glasgow

239: Peveril Castle (1 vote) Hope Valley

240: Tantallon Castle (1 vote) North Berwick

241: Criccieth Castle (1 vote) Criccieth

242: Colchester Castle (1 vote) Colchester

243: Rochester Castle (1 vote) Rochester

244: Clackmannan Tower (1 vote) Clackmannan

245: Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

246: Duffus Castle (1 vote) Elgin

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

248: Conisbrough Castle (1 vote) Doncaster

249: Hemyock Castle (1 vote) Cullompton

250: Burleigh Castle (1 vote) Milnathort

251: Loch Doon Castle (1 vote) Dalmellington

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

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

254: Edzell Castle and Garden (1 vote) Forfar

255: Drum Castle (1 vote) Banchory

256: Pickering Castle (1 vote) Pickering

257: Tattershall Castle (1 vote) Lincoln

258: Lochranza Castle (1 vote) Lochranza

259: Crichton Castle (1 vote) Pathhead

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

261: Hurst Castle (1 vote) Lymington

262: Loch Leven Castle (1 vote) Kinross

263: Castle Rising Castle (1 vote) Kings Lynn

264: Wallingford Castle Gardens (1 vote) Wallingford

265: Upton Castle Gardens (1 vote) Cosheston

266: Fonmon Castle (1 vote) Barry

267: Balgonie Castle Enterprises (1 vote) Glenrothes

268: Needles Old Battery (1 vote) Alum Bay

269: Hermitage Castle (1 vote) Hawick

270: Oxwich Castle (1 vote) Swansea

271: Castell Coch (1 vote) Cardiff

272: Tretower Court and Castle (1 vote) Crickhowell

273: Dolbadarn Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

274: Sorn Castle and Garden (1 vote) Mauchline

275: Cilgerran Castle (1 vote) Cardigan

276: Elcho Castle (1 vote) Perth

277: Guildford Castle (1 vote) Guildford

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

279: Royal Citadel (1 vote) Plymouth

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

281: Royal Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

282: Walmer Castle and Gardens (1 vote) Deal

283: Castle Fraser (1 vote) Inverurie

284: Bryn Bras Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

285: Peel Castle (1 vote) Peel

286: Lochmaben Castle (1 vote) Lochmaben

287: Laugharne Castle (1 vote) Carmarthen

288: Clifford's Tower (1 vote) York

289: Carlisle Castle (1 vote) Carlisle

290: Scotstarvit Tower (1 vote) Cupar

291: Fyvie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

292: Harlech Castle (1 vote) Harlech

293: Pontefract Castle (1 vote) Pontefract

294: Camber Castle (1 vote) Rye

295: Tilbury Fort (1 vote) Tilbury

296: Balvaird Castle (1 vote) Glen Farg

297: Cromwell's Castle (1 vote) Tresco

298: Kisimul Castle (1 vote) Isle of Barra

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

300: Skipton Castle (1 vote) Skipton

301: Colchester Castle Museum (1 vote) Colchester

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

303: Warkworth Castle (1 vote) Morpeth

304: Orchardton Tower (1 vote) Castle Douglas

305: Fort Brockhurst (1 vote) Gosport

306: New Castle (1 vote) Bridgend

307: Inverlochy Castle (1 vote) Fort William

308: Highcliffe Castle (1 vote) Highcliffe

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

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

311: Strome Castle (1 vote) Lochcarron

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