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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: Llawhaden Castle (3 votes) Narberth

57: Caerphilly Castle (3 votes) Caerphilly

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: Middleham Castle (2 votes) Leyburn

67: Rhuddlan Castle (2 votes) Rhyl

68: Castle Acre Castle (2 votes) Kings Lynn

69: Tynemouth Castle and Priory (2 votes) Tynemouth

70: Carsluith Castle (2 votes) Creetown

71: Harwich Redoubt Fort (2 votes) Harwich

72: Ogmore Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

73: Wolvesey Castle (2 votes) Winchester

74: Bolebroke Castle (2 votes) Hartfield

75: Greenknowe Tower (2 votes) Gordon

76: Portchester Castle (2 votes) Fareham

77: New Tavern Fort (2 votes) Gravesend

78: Cholmondeley Castle Garden (2 votes) Malpas

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

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

81: Elizabeth Castle (2 votes) St Helier

82: Lindisfarne Castle (2 votes) Holy Island

83: Penrhyn Castle (2 votes) Bangor

84: Stirling Castle (2 votes) Stirling

85: Mont Orgueil Castle (2 votes) Gorey

86: Hever Castle and Gardens (2 votes) Edenbridge

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

88: Nottingham Castle (2 votes) Nottingham

89: Coalhouse Fort (2 votes) Tilbury

90: Lulworth Castle (2 votes) Wareham

91: Powis Castle and Garden (2 votes) Welshpool

92: Tolquhon Castle (2 votes) Ellon

93: Ravenscraig Castle (2 votes) Kirkcaldy

94: Fort Paull (2 votes) Hull

95: Chillingham Castle (2 votes) Chillingham

96: Newark Castle (2 votes) Newark

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

98: Linlithgow Palace (2 votes) Linlithgow

99: Pevensey Castle (2 votes) Pevensey

100: York Castle Museum (2 votes) York

101: Craigston Castle (2 votes) Turriff

102: Balvenie Castle (2 votes) Keith

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

104: Urquhart Castle (2 votes) Inverness

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

106: Dumbarton Castle (2 votes) Dumbarton

107: Hadleigh Castle (2 votes) Hadleigh

108: Helmsley Castle (2 votes) Helmsley

109: Spynie Palace (2 votes) Elgin

110: Coity Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

111: Eynsford Castle (2 votes) Dartford

112: Kinnersley Castle (2 votes) Kinnersley

113: Lunt Roman Fort (2 votes) Coventry

114: Acton Burnell Castle (2 votes) Shrewsbury

115: Prudhoe Castle (2 votes) Prudhoe

116: Rowallan Castle (2 votes) Kilmarnock

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

118: Skenfrith Castle (2 votes) Abergavenny

119: Elcho Castle (2 votes) Rhynd

120: Huntly Castle (2 votes) Huntly

121: Muness Castle (2 votes) Unst

122: Mountfitchet Castle (2 votes) Stansted

123: Castle of St John (2 votes) Stranraer

124: Usk Castle (2 votes) Usk

125: Orford Castle (2 votes) Woodbridge

126: Brechin Castle Centre (2 votes) Brechin

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

128: Farleigh Hungerford Castle (2 votes) Bath

129: Raglan Castle (2 votes) Usk

130: Carreg Cennen Castle (2 votes) Llandeilo

131: Newhaven Fort (2 votes) Newhaven

132: Enniskillen Castle (2 votes) Enniskillen

133: Christchurch Castle (2 votes) Christchurch

134: Fort Charlotte (2 votes) Lerwick

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

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

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

138: Eye Castle (2 votes) Eye

139: Weeting Castle (2 votes) Brandon

140: Barnard Castle (2 votes) Barnard Castle

141: Rothesay Castle (2 votes) Rothesay

142: Belfast Castle (2 votes) Belfast

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: Lochleven Castle (2 votes) Kinross

150: Langley Castle (2 votes) Hexham

151: MacLellan's Castle (2 votes) Kirkcudbright

152: Ardblair Castle (2 votes) Blairgowrie

153: Rayleigh Mount (2 votes) Rayleigh

154: Cadzow Castle (2 votes) Hamilton

155: Lincoln Castle (2 votes) Lincoln

156: Scalloway Castle (2 votes) Scalloway

157: Blackness Castle (2 votes) Linlithgow

158: Ludgershall Castle and Cross (2 votes) Ludgershall

159: Picton Castle (2 votes) Haverfordwest

160: Calshot Castle (2 votes) Southampton

161: Croft Castle (2 votes) Leominster

162: Auchindoun Castle (2 votes) Dufftown

163: Noltland Castle (2 votes) Westray

164: New Buckenham Castle (2 votes) Norwich

165: Bayards Cove Fort (2 votes) Dartmouth

166: Rockingham Castle (2 votes) Market Harborough

167: Keep Military Museum (2 votes) Dorchester

168: Hedingham Castle (2 votes) Halstead

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

170: Corgarff Castle (2 votes) Corgarff

171: Manorbier Castle (2 votes) Tenby

172: Restormel Castle (2 votes) Lostwithiel

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

174: Tutbury Castle (2 votes) Burton upon Trent

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

176: Inveraray Castle (2 votes) Inveraray

177: Nunney Castle (2 votes) Frome

178: Southsea Castle (2 votes) Portsmouth

179: Neidpath Castle (2 votes) Peebles

180: Drummond Castle Gardens (2 votes) Crieff

181: Broughton Castle (2 votes) Banbury

182: Stormont (2 votes) Belfast

183: Craigievar Castle (2 votes) Alford

184: Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel (2 votes) Oban

185: Pembroke Castle (2 votes) Pembroke

186: Dunster Castle (2 votes) Dunster

187: St Mawes Castle (2 votes) Truro

188: Craigmillar Castle (2 votes) Edinburgh

189: Abernethy Round Tower (2 votes) Abernethy

190: Thirlestane Castle (2 votes) Lauder

191: Launceston Castle (1 vote) Launceston

192: Auckland Castle (1 vote) Bishop Auckland

193: Doune Castle (1 vote) Doune

194: Brougham Castle (1 vote) Penrith

195: Kildrummy Castle (1 vote) Alford

196: Lullingstone Castle (1 vote) Dartford

197: Threave Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

198: Crownhill Fort (1 vote) Plymouth

199: Fort George (1 vote) Inverness

200: Raby Castle (1 vote) Darlington

201: Beeston Castle (1 vote) Tarporley

202: Dunstanburgh Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

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: Hastings Castle and 1066 Story (1 vote) Hastings

211: Okehampton Castle (1 vote) Okehampton

212: Bothwell Castle (1 vote) Uddingston

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

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

215: Hailes Castle (1 vote) East Linton

216: King Charles Castle (1 vote) Tresco

217: Cardoness Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

218: Chipchase Castle (1 vote) Hexham

219: Huntingtower Castle (1 vote) Perth

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

221: Stokesay Castle (1 vote) Craven Arms

222: Kilchurn Castle (1 vote) Dalmally

223: Morton Castle (1 vote) Morton

224: Moreton Corbet Castle (1 vote) Newport

225: Lancaster Castle (1 vote) Lancaster

226: Brodie Castle (1 vote) Forres

227: Castle Keep (1 vote) Newcastle upon Tyne

228: Drumcoltran Tower (1 vote) Dalbeattie

229: Old Wardour Castle (1 vote) Salisbury

230: Bowes Castle (1 vote) Barnard Castle

231: Delgatie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

232: Broughty Castle Museum (1 vote) Broughty Ferry

233: Ripley Castle & Gardens (1 vote) Harrogate

234: Newark Castle (1 vote) Port Glasgow

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

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

237: Yarmouth Castle (1 vote) Yarmouth

238: Edlingham Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

239: Peveril Castle (1 vote) Hope Valley

240: Colchester Castle (1 vote) Colchester

241: Tantallon Castle (1 vote) North Berwick

242: Criccieth Castle (1 vote) Criccieth

243: Rochester Castle (1 vote) Rochester

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

245: Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

246: Clackmannan Tower (1 vote) Clackmannan

247: Duffus Castle (1 vote) Elgin

248: Hemyock Castle (1 vote) Cullompton

249: Conisbrough Castle (1 vote) Doncaster

250: Loch Doon Castle (1 vote) Dalmellington

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

252: Burleigh Castle (1 vote) Milnathort

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

254: Drum Castle (1 vote) Banchory

255: Edzell Castle and Garden (1 vote) Forfar

256: Hurst Castle (1 vote) Lymington

257: Loch Leven Castle (1 vote) Kinross

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

259: Pickering Castle (1 vote) Pickering

260: Tattershall Castle (1 vote) Lincoln

261: Crichton Castle (1 vote) Pathhead

262: Lochranza Castle (1 vote) Lochranza

263: Fonmon Castle (1 vote) Barry

264: Needles Old Battery (1 vote) Alum Bay

265: Upton Castle Gardens (1 vote) Cosheston

266: Castle Rising Castle (1 vote) Kings Lynn

267: Wallingford Castle Gardens (1 vote) Wallingford

268: Balgonie Castle Enterprises (1 vote) Glenrothes

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: Guildford Castle (1 vote) Guildford

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

276: Sorn Castle and Garden (1 vote) Mauchline

277: Cilgerran Castle (1 vote) Cardigan

278: Elcho Castle (1 vote) Perth

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

280: Royal Citadel (1 vote) Plymouth

281: Royal Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

282: Castle Fraser (1 vote) Inverurie

283: Walmer Castle and Gardens (1 vote) Deal

284: Peel Castle (1 vote) Peel

285: Bryn Bras Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

286: Lochmaben Castle (1 vote) Lochmaben

287: Laugharne Castle (1 vote) Carmarthen

288: Scotstarvit Tower (1 vote) Cupar

289: Harlech Castle (1 vote) Harlech

290: Fyvie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

291: Clifford's Tower (1 vote) York

292: Carlisle Castle (1 vote) Carlisle

293: Pontefract Castle (1 vote) Pontefract

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

295: Camber Castle (1 vote) Rye

296: Tilbury Fort (1 vote) Tilbury

297: Cromwell's Castle (1 vote) Tresco

298: Balvaird Castle (1 vote) Glen Farg

299: Skipton Castle (1 vote) Skipton

300: Colchester Castle Museum (1 vote) Colchester

301: Kisimul Castle (1 vote) Isle of Barra

302: Orchardton Tower (1 vote) Castle Douglas

303: Fort Brockhurst (1 vote) Gosport

304: New Castle (1 vote) Bridgend

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

306: Warkworth Castle (1 vote) Morpeth

307: Highcliffe Castle (1 vote) Highcliffe

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

309: Strome Castle (1 vote) Lochcarron

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

311: Inverlochy Castle (1 vote) Fort William

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