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March 2020: West Norfolk

Welcome to West Norfolk, a truly special place of unspoilt charm and natural beauty, where tranquillity and relaxation are the order of the day.

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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: 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: Dolwyddelan Castle (4 votes) Dolwyddelan

45: Sandal Castle (4 votes) Wakefield

46: Kellie Castle & Garden (4 votes) Pittenweem

47: Craignethan Castle (4 votes) Lesmahagow

48: Upnor Castle (4 votes) Rochester

49: Deal Castle (4 votes) Deal

50: Lauriston Castle (4 votes) Edinburgh

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51: Kirby Muxloe Castle (3 votes) Leicester

52: Flint Castle (3 votes) Flint

53: Dunrobin Castle & Gardens (3 votes) Golspie

54: Bolton Castle (3 votes) Leyburn

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

56: Kidwelly Castle (3 votes) Kidwelly

57: Grimsthorpe Castle (3 votes) Bourne

58: Clitheroe Castle Museum (3 votes) Clitheroe

59: Torosay Castle (3 votes) Craignure

60: White Castle (3 votes) Abergavenny

61: Ayton Castle (3 votes) Eyemouth

62: Blairquhan Castle (3 votes) Maybole

63: Bolsover Castle (3 votes) Bolsover

64: Caerphilly Castle (3 votes) Caerphilly

65: Llawhaden Castle (3 votes) Narberth

66: Raglan Castle (2 votes) Usk

67: Carreg Cennen Castle (2 votes) Llandeilo

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

69: Fort Charlotte (2 votes) Lerwick

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

71: Christchurch Castle (2 votes) Christchurch

72: Nottingham Castle (2 votes) Nottingham

73: Newhaven Fort (2 votes) Newhaven

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

75: Barnard Castle (2 votes) Barnard Castle

76: Rothesay Castle (2 votes) Rothesay

77: Dunnottar Castle (2 votes) Stonehaven

78: Keep Military Museum (2 votes) Dorchester

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

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

81: Conwy Castle (2 votes) Conwy

82: Lochleven Castle (2 votes) Kinross

83: Ardblair Castle (2 votes) Blairgowrie

84: Rayleigh Mount (2 votes) Rayleigh

85: Scalloway Castle (2 votes) Scalloway

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

87: Langley Castle (2 votes) Hexham

88: MacLellan's Castle (2 votes) Kirkcudbright

89: Blackness Castle (2 votes) Linlithgow

90: Drummond Castle Gardens (2 votes) Crieff

91: Wolvesey Castle (2 votes) Winchester

92: Enniskillen Castle (2 votes) Enniskillen

93: Picton Castle (2 votes) Haverfordwest

94: Calshot Castle (2 votes) Southampton

95: Croft Castle (2 votes) Leominster

96: Noltland Castle (2 votes) Westray

97: Ludgershall Castle and Cross (2 votes) Ludgershall

98: Bayards Cove Fort (2 votes) Dartmouth

99: Belfast Castle (2 votes) Belfast

100: New Buckenham Castle (2 votes) Norwich

101: Greenhalgh Castle (2 votes) Garstang

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

103: Inveraray Castle (2 votes) Inveraray

104: Corgarff Castle (2 votes) Corgarff

105: Restormel Castle (2 votes) Lostwithiel

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

107: Tutbury Castle (2 votes) Burton upon Trent

108: Manorbier Castle (2 votes) Tenby

109: Cadzow Castle (2 votes) Hamilton

110: Southsea Castle (2 votes) Portsmouth

111: Nunney Castle (2 votes) Frome

112: Rockingham Castle (2 votes) Market Harborough

113: Auchindoun Castle (2 votes) Dufftown

114: Thirlestane Castle (2 votes) Lauder

115: Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel (2 votes) Oban

116: Hedingham Castle (2 votes) Halstead

117: St Mawes Castle (2 votes) Truro

118: Craigmillar Castle (2 votes) Edinburgh

119: Pembroke Castle (2 votes) Pembroke

120: Neidpath Castle (2 votes) Peebles

121: Rhuddlan Castle (2 votes) Rhyl

122: Castle Acre Castle (2 votes) Kings Lynn

123: Tynemouth Castle and Priory (2 votes) Tynemouth

124: Hadleigh Castle (2 votes) Hadleigh

125: Greenknowe Tower (2 votes) Gordon

126: Middleham Castle (2 votes) Leyburn

127: Bolebroke Castle (2 votes) Hartfield

128: Craigievar Castle (2 votes) Alford

129: Harwich Redoubt Fort (2 votes) Harwich

130: Elizabeth Castle (2 votes) St Helier

131: Ogmore Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

132: Portchester Castle (2 votes) Fareham

133: Dunster Castle (2 votes) Dunster

134: Cholmondeley Castle Garden (2 votes) Malpas

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

136: Broughton Castle (2 votes) Banbury

137: Lincoln Castle (2 votes) Lincoln

138: Stormont (2 votes) Belfast

139: New Tavern Fort (2 votes) Gravesend

140: Stirling Castle (2 votes) Stirling

141: Lindisfarne Castle (2 votes) Holy Island

142: Abernethy Round Tower (2 votes) Abernethy

143: Penrhyn Castle (2 votes) Bangor

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

145: Mont Orgueil Castle (2 votes) Gorey

146: Carsluith Castle (2 votes) Creetown

147: Coalhouse Fort (2 votes) Tilbury

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

149: Powis Castle and Garden (2 votes) Welshpool

150: Tolquhon Castle (2 votes) Ellon

151: Chillingham Castle (2 votes) Chillingham

152: Ravenscraig Castle (2 votes) Kirkcaldy

153: York Castle Museum (2 votes) York

154: Lulworth Castle (2 votes) Wareham

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

156: Fort Paull (2 votes) Hull

157: Newark Castle (2 votes) Newark

158: Eye Castle (2 votes) Eye

159: Craigston Castle (2 votes) Turriff

160: Hever Castle and Gardens (2 votes) Edenbridge

161: Linlithgow Palace (2 votes) Linlithgow

162: Pevensey Castle (2 votes) Pevensey

163: Balvenie Castle (2 votes) Keith

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

165: Deddington Castle (2 votes) Banbury

166: Urquhart Castle (2 votes) Inverness

167: Dumbarton Castle (2 votes) Dumbarton

168: Weeting Castle (2 votes) Brandon

169: Spynie Palace (2 votes) Elgin

170: Coity Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

171: Eynsford Castle (2 votes) Dartford

172: Helmsley Castle (2 votes) Helmsley

173: Acton Burnell Castle (2 votes) Shrewsbury

174: Prudhoe Castle (2 votes) Prudhoe

175: Elcho Castle (2 votes) Rhynd

176: Rowallan Castle (2 votes) Kilmarnock

177: Kinnersley Castle (2 votes) Kinnersley

178: Lunt Roman Fort (2 votes) Coventry

179: Skenfrith Castle (2 votes) Abergavenny

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

181: Muness Castle (2 votes) Unst

182: Huntly Castle (2 votes) Huntly

183: Castle of St John (2 votes) Stranraer

184: Usk Castle (2 votes) Usk

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

186: Mountfitchet Castle (2 votes) Stansted

187: Brechin Castle Centre (2 votes) Brechin

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

189: Farleigh Hungerford Castle (2 votes) Bath

190: Orford Castle (2 votes) Woodbridge

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

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

193: Broughty Castle Museum (1 vote) Broughty Ferry

194: Druchtag Motte (1 vote) Mochrum

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

196: Edzell Castle and Garden (1 vote) Forfar

197: Pickering Castle (1 vote) Pickering

198: Tattershall Castle (1 vote) Lincoln

199: Crichton Castle (1 vote) Pathhead

200: Hurst Castle (1 vote) Lymington

201: Loch Leven Castle (1 vote) Kinross

202: Clackmannan Tower (1 vote) Clackmannan

203: Castle Rising Castle (1 vote) Kings Lynn

204: Wallingford Castle Gardens (1 vote) Wallingford

205: Fonmon Castle (1 vote) Barry

206: Needles Old Battery (1 vote) Alum Bay

207: Drum Castle (1 vote) Banchory

208: Hermitage Castle (1 vote) Hawick

209: Oxwich Castle (1 vote) Swansea

210: Castell Coch (1 vote) Cardiff

211: Tretower Court and Castle (1 vote) Crickhowell

212: Dolbadarn Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

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

214: Burleigh Castle (1 vote) Milnathort

215: Drumcoltran Tower (1 vote) Dalbeattie

216: Skipton Castle (1 vote) Skipton

217: Sorn Castle and Garden (1 vote) Mauchline

218: Cilgerran Castle (1 vote) Cardigan

219: Elcho Castle (1 vote) Perth

220: Guildford Castle (1 vote) Guildford

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

222: Royal Citadel (1 vote) Plymouth

223: Lochranza Castle (1 vote) Lochranza

224: Royal Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

225: Walmer Castle and Gardens (1 vote) Deal

226: Bryn Bras Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

227: Lochmaben Castle (1 vote) Lochmaben

228: Peel Castle (1 vote) Peel

229: Scotstarvit Tower (1 vote) Cupar

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

231: Laugharne Castle (1 vote) Carmarthen

232: Duffus Castle (1 vote) Elgin

233: Clifford's Tower (1 vote) York

234: Carlisle Castle (1 vote) Carlisle

235: Kisimul Castle (1 vote) Isle of Barra

236: Castle Fraser (1 vote) Inverurie

237: Harlech Castle (1 vote) Harlech

238: Pontefract Castle (1 vote) Pontefract

239: Camber Castle (1 vote) Rye

240: Tilbury Fort (1 vote) Tilbury

241: Cromwell's Castle (1 vote) Tresco

242: Orchardton Tower (1 vote) Castle Douglas

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

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

245: Warkworth Castle (1 vote) Morpeth

246: Inverlochy Castle (1 vote) Fort William

247: Fort Brockhurst (1 vote) Gosport

248: New Castle (1 vote) Bridgend

249: Fyvie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

250: Highcliffe Castle (1 vote) Highcliffe

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

252: Auckland Castle (1 vote) Bishop Auckland

253: Doune Castle (1 vote) Doune

254: Launceston Castle (1 vote) Launceston

255: Colchester Castle Museum (1 vote) Colchester

256: Brougham Castle (1 vote) Penrith

257: Colchester Castle (1 vote) Colchester

258: Threave Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

259: Crownhill Fort (1 vote) Plymouth

260: Kildrummy Castle (1 vote) Alford

261: Lullingstone Castle (1 vote) Dartford

262: Balvaird Castle (1 vote) Glen Farg

263: Duart Castle (1 vote) Craignure

264: Beeston Castle (1 vote) Tarporley

265: Dunstanburgh Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

266: Fort George (1 vote) Inverness

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

268: Strome Castle (1 vote) Lochcarron

269: Housesteads Roman Fort (1 vote) Hexham

270: Aydon Castle (1 vote) Corbridge

271: Richborough Roman Fort (1 vote) Sandwich

272: Castle Campbell and Garden (1 vote) Dollar

273: Hailes Castle (1 vote) East Linton

274: Bothwell Castle (1 vote) Uddingston

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

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

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

278: Okehampton Castle (1 vote) Okehampton

279: Cardoness Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

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

281: Raby Castle (1 vote) Darlington

282: King Charles Castle (1 vote) Tresco

283: Chipchase Castle (1 vote) Hexham

284: Kilchurn Castle (1 vote) Dalmally

285: Stokesay Castle (1 vote) Craven Arms

286: Morton Castle (1 vote) Morton

287: Huntingtower Castle (1 vote) Perth

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

289: Castle Keep (1 vote) Newcastle upon Tyne

290: Moreton Corbet Castle (1 vote) Newport

291: Castle of Old Wick (1 vote) Wick

292: Bowes Castle (1 vote) Barnard Castle

293: Old Wardour Castle (1 vote) Salisbury

294: Delgatie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

295: Ripley Castle & Gardens (1 vote) Harrogate

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

297: Yarmouth Castle (1 vote) Yarmouth

298: Edlingham Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

299: Brodie Castle (1 vote) Forres

300: Newark Castle (1 vote) Port Glasgow

301: Tantallon Castle (1 vote) North Berwick

302: Criccieth Castle (1 vote) Criccieth

303: Balgonie Castle Enterprises (1 vote) Glenrothes

304: Lancaster Castle (1 vote) Lancaster

305: Upton Castle Gardens (1 vote) Cosheston

306: Peveril Castle (1 vote) Hope Valley

307: Rochester Castle (1 vote) Rochester

308: Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

309: Conisbrough Castle (1 vote) Doncaster

310: Loch Doon Castle (1 vote) Dalmellington

311: Hemyock Castle (1 vote) Cullompton

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