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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: Deal Castle (4 votes) Deal

45: Dolwyddelan Castle (4 votes) Dolwyddelan

46: Kellie Castle & Garden (4 votes) Pittenweem

47: Sandal Castle (4 votes) Wakefield

48: Lauriston Castle (4 votes) Edinburgh

49: Craignethan Castle (4 votes) Lesmahagow

50: Upnor Castle (4 votes) Rochester

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51: Llawhaden Castle (3 votes) Narberth

52: Caerphilly Castle (3 votes) Caerphilly

53: Grimsthorpe Castle (3 votes) Bourne

54: Torosay Castle (3 votes) Craignure

55: Flint Castle (3 votes) Flint

56: Bolton Castle (3 votes) Leyburn

57: Dunrobin Castle & Gardens (3 votes) Golspie

58: Blairquhan Castle (3 votes) Maybole

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

60: Kidwelly Castle (3 votes) Kidwelly

61: Ayton Castle (3 votes) Eyemouth

62: Bolsover Castle (3 votes) Bolsover

63: Clitheroe Castle Museum (3 votes) Clitheroe

64: White Castle (3 votes) Abergavenny

65: Kirby Muxloe Castle (3 votes) Leicester

66: Lulworth Castle (2 votes) Wareham

67: Powis Castle and Garden (2 votes) Welshpool

68: Tolquhon Castle (2 votes) Ellon

69: Fort Paull (2 votes) Hull

70: Newark Castle (2 votes) Newark

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

72: Greenknowe Tower (2 votes) Gordon

73: Linlithgow Palace (2 votes) Linlithgow

74: Pevensey Castle (2 votes) Pevensey

75: Craigston Castle (2 votes) Turriff

76: Nottingham Castle (2 votes) Nottingham

77: Balvenie Castle (2 votes) Keith

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

79: Urquhart Castle (2 votes) Inverness

80: Dumbarton Castle (2 votes) Dumbarton

81: Helmsley Castle (2 votes) Helmsley

82: Spynie Palace (2 votes) Elgin

83: Coity Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

84: Eynsford Castle (2 votes) Dartford

85: Kinnersley Castle (2 votes) Kinnersley

86: Keep Military Museum (2 votes) Dorchester

87: Lunt Roman Fort (2 votes) Coventry

88: Acton Burnell Castle (2 votes) Shrewsbury

89: Prudhoe Castle (2 votes) Prudhoe

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

91: Skenfrith Castle (2 votes) Abergavenny

92: Enniskillen Castle (2 votes) Enniskillen

93: Inveraray Castle (2 votes) Inveraray

94: Huntly Castle (2 votes) Huntly

95: Hadleigh Castle (2 votes) Hadleigh

96: Drummond Castle Gardens (2 votes) Crieff

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

98: Mountfitchet Castle (2 votes) Stansted

99: Castle of St John (2 votes) Stranraer

100: Belfast Castle (2 votes) Belfast

101: Usk Castle (2 votes) Usk

102: Ravenscraig Castle (2 votes) Kirkcaldy

103: Orford Castle (2 votes) Woodbridge

104: Rockingham Castle (2 votes) Market Harborough

105: Brechin Castle Centre (2 votes) Brechin

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

107: Farleigh Hungerford Castle (2 votes) Bath

108: Greenhalgh Castle (2 votes) Garstang

109: Hedingham Castle (2 votes) Halstead

110: Raglan Castle (2 votes) Usk

111: Carreg Cennen Castle (2 votes) Llandeilo

112: Thirlestane Castle (2 votes) Lauder

113: Cadzow Castle (2 votes) Hamilton

114: Newhaven Fort (2 votes) Newhaven

115: Christchurch Castle (2 votes) Christchurch

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

117: Neidpath Castle (2 votes) Peebles

118: Auchindoun Castle (2 votes) Dufftown

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

120: Barnard Castle (2 votes) Barnard Castle

121: Rothesay Castle (2 votes) Rothesay

122: Dunnottar Castle (2 votes) Stonehaven

123: Elcho Castle (2 votes) Rhynd

124: Rowallan Castle (2 votes) Kilmarnock

125: Cholmondeley Castle Garden (2 votes) Malpas

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

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

128: Conwy Castle (2 votes) Conwy

129: Langley Castle (2 votes) Hexham

130: MacLellan's Castle (2 votes) Kirkcudbright

131: Ardblair Castle (2 votes) Blairgowrie

132: Rayleigh Mount (2 votes) Rayleigh

133: Muness Castle (2 votes) Unst

134: Eye Castle (2 votes) Eye

135: Blackness Castle (2 votes) Linlithgow

136: Deddington Castle (2 votes) Banbury

137: Ludgershall Castle and Cross (2 votes) Ludgershall

138: Picton Castle (2 votes) Haverfordwest

139: Calshot Castle (2 votes) Southampton

140: Weeting Castle (2 votes) Brandon

141: Croft Castle (2 votes) Leominster

142: Broughton Castle (2 votes) Banbury

143: New Buckenham Castle (2 votes) Norwich

144: Bayards Cove Fort (2 votes) Dartmouth

145: Stormont (2 votes) Belfast

146: Fort Charlotte (2 votes) Lerwick

147: Chillingham Castle (2 votes) Chillingham

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

149: Corgarff Castle (2 votes) Corgarff

150: Abernethy Round Tower (2 votes) Abernethy

151: Lincoln Castle (2 votes) Lincoln

152: Manorbier Castle (2 votes) Tenby

153: Restormel Castle (2 votes) Lostwithiel

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

155: Tutbury Castle (2 votes) Burton upon Trent

156: Carsluith Castle (2 votes) Creetown

157: Nunney Castle (2 votes) Frome

158: Hever Castle and Gardens (2 votes) Edenbridge

159: Southsea Castle (2 votes) Portsmouth

160: Lochleven Castle (2 votes) Kinross

161: Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel (2 votes) Oban

162: Scalloway Castle (2 votes) Scalloway

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

164: Craigievar Castle (2 votes) Alford

165: Pembroke Castle (2 votes) Pembroke

166: Elizabeth Castle (2 votes) St Helier

167: St Mawes Castle (2 votes) Truro

168: Craigmillar Castle (2 votes) Edinburgh

169: Dunster Castle (2 votes) Dunster

170: Middleham Castle (2 votes) Leyburn

171: Rhuddlan Castle (2 votes) Rhyl

172: Castle Acre Castle (2 votes) Kings Lynn

173: Tynemouth Castle and Priory (2 votes) Tynemouth

174: Harwich Redoubt Fort (2 votes) Harwich

175: Noltland Castle (2 votes) Westray

176: Ogmore Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

177: Bolebroke Castle (2 votes) Hartfield

178: Portchester Castle (2 votes) Fareham

179: New Tavern Fort (2 votes) Gravesend

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

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

182: Lindisfarne Castle (2 votes) Holy Island

183: Penrhyn Castle (2 votes) Bangor

184: Stirling Castle (2 votes) Stirling

185: Mont Orgueil Castle (2 votes) Gorey

186: York Castle Museum (2 votes) York

187: Wolvesey Castle (2 votes) Winchester

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

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

190: Coalhouse Fort (2 votes) Tilbury

191: Inverlochy Castle (1 vote) Fort William

192: King Charles Castle (1 vote) Tresco

193: Cardoness Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

194: Broughty Castle Museum (1 vote) Broughty Ferry

195: Chipchase Castle (1 vote) Hexham

196: Druchtag Motte (1 vote) Mochrum

197: Huntingtower Castle (1 vote) Perth

198: Stokesay Castle (1 vote) Craven Arms

199: Colchester Castle (1 vote) Colchester

200: Moreton Corbet Castle (1 vote) Newport

201: Castle Keep (1 vote) Newcastle upon Tyne

202: Clackmannan Tower (1 vote) Clackmannan

203: Brodie Castle (1 vote) Forres

204: Old Wardour Castle (1 vote) Salisbury

205: Bowes Castle (1 vote) Barnard Castle

206: Delgatie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

207: Burleigh Castle (1 vote) Milnathort

208: Newark Castle (1 vote) Port Glasgow

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

210: Yarmouth Castle (1 vote) Yarmouth

211: Edlingham Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

212: Drumcoltran Tower (1 vote) Dalbeattie

213: Hailes Castle (1 vote) East Linton

214: Peveril Castle (1 vote) Hope Valley

215: Tantallon Castle (1 vote) North Berwick

216: Criccieth Castle (1 vote) Criccieth

217: Lochranza Castle (1 vote) Lochranza

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

219: Rochester Castle (1 vote) Rochester

220: Skipton Castle (1 vote) Skipton

221: Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

222: Hemyock Castle (1 vote) Cullompton

223: Conisbrough Castle (1 vote) Doncaster

224: Kilchurn Castle (1 vote) Dalmally

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

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

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

228: Morton Castle (1 vote) Morton

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

230: Edzell Castle and Garden (1 vote) Forfar

231: Hurst Castle (1 vote) Lymington

232: Drum Castle (1 vote) Banchory

233: Loch Leven Castle (1 vote) Kinross

234: Pickering Castle (1 vote) Pickering

235: Tattershall Castle (1 vote) Lincoln

236: Crichton Castle (1 vote) Pathhead

237: Fonmon Castle (1 vote) Barry

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

239: Needles Old Battery (1 vote) Alum Bay

240: Castle Rising Castle (1 vote) Kings Lynn

241: Wallingford Castle Gardens (1 vote) Wallingford

242: Hermitage Castle (1 vote) Hawick

243: Oxwich Castle (1 vote) Swansea

244: Castell Coch (1 vote) Cardiff

245: Tretower Court and Castle (1 vote) Crickhowell

246: Duart Castle (1 vote) Craignure

247: Dolbadarn Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

248: Guildford Castle (1 vote) Guildford

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

250: Sorn Castle and Garden (1 vote) Mauchline

251: Cilgerran Castle (1 vote) Cardigan

252: Elcho Castle (1 vote) Perth

253: Duffus Castle (1 vote) Elgin

254: Royal Citadel (1 vote) Plymouth

255: Balvaird Castle (1 vote) Glen Farg

256: Loch Doon Castle (1 vote) Dalmellington

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

258: Royal Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

259: Walmer Castle and Gardens (1 vote) Deal

260: Castle Fraser (1 vote) Inverurie

261: Raby Castle (1 vote) Darlington

262: Peel Castle (1 vote) Peel

263: Bryn Bras Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

264: Strome Castle (1 vote) Lochcarron

265: Laugharne Castle (1 vote) Carmarthen

266: Harlech Castle (1 vote) Harlech

267: Clifford's Tower (1 vote) York

268: Carlisle Castle (1 vote) Carlisle

269: Fyvie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

270: Pontefract Castle (1 vote) Pontefract

271: Camber Castle (1 vote) Rye

272: Tilbury Fort (1 vote) Tilbury

273: Cromwell's Castle (1 vote) Tresco

274: Fort Brockhurst (1 vote) Gosport

275: New Castle (1 vote) Bridgend

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

277: Colchester Castle Museum (1 vote) Colchester

278: Warkworth Castle (1 vote) Morpeth

279: Ripley Castle & Gardens (1 vote) Harrogate

280: Highcliffe Castle (1 vote) Highcliffe

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

282: Launceston Castle (1 vote) Launceston

283: Auckland Castle (1 vote) Bishop Auckland

284: Doune Castle (1 vote) Doune

285: Castle of Old Wick (1 vote) Wick

286: Balgonie Castle Enterprises (1 vote) Glenrothes

287: Lancaster Castle (1 vote) Lancaster

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

289: Brougham Castle (1 vote) Penrith

290: Kildrummy Castle (1 vote) Alford

291: Lullingstone Castle (1 vote) Dartford

292: Threave Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

293: Crownhill Fort (1 vote) Plymouth

294: Fort George (1 vote) Inverness

295: Lochmaben Castle (1 vote) Lochmaben

296: Beeston Castle (1 vote) Tarporley

297: Dunstanburgh Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

298: Housesteads Roman Fort (1 vote) Hexham

299: Scotstarvit Tower (1 vote) Cupar

300: Kisimul Castle (1 vote) Isle of Barra

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

302: Aydon Castle (1 vote) Corbridge

303: Richborough Roman Fort (1 vote) Sandwich

304: Castle Campbell and Garden (1 vote) Dollar

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

306: Orchardton Tower (1 vote) Castle Douglas

307: Okehampton Castle (1 vote) Okehampton

308: Upton Castle Gardens (1 vote) Cosheston

309: Bothwell Castle (1 vote) Uddingston

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

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

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