Looking for the best place to grab a slice of culture and learn a thing or two? You can’t go wrong with a visit to a castle to entertain your mini knights and princesses! Here’s a list of some of our favourite ones throughout the UK.
Corfe Castle, Wareham
Bring your budding little historian to these iconic ruins steeped in 100 years of fascinating history. Try and spot murder holes, count arrow loops and complete a quiz on your travels! Keep your eyes peeled for family events held throughout the year including spectacular battle re-enactments, an open-air theatre and cinema days. Find out more.
Dunster Castle, Minehead
Located in the picturesque setting of Dunster, this beautiful castle was home to the Luttrell family who lived here for 600 years. It overlooks the village and features an amazing 17th century staircase, as well as a sub-tropical garden covering 28 acre and contains plants such as the giant lemon tree, yuccas, mimosa and palms. Find out more.
Penrhyn Castle, Bangor
Come and bring your little knights and princesses to explore this amazing 19th century castle! You’ll find fascinating objects such as a one tonne slate bed made for Queen Victoria, as well as the castle kitchens and stables. Outdoors there are over 60 acres of grounds to be discovered with parkland, exotic trees and a Victorian walled garden. Find out more.
Scotney Castle, Tunbridge Wells
Discover all that this wonderful castle, which was built by Edward Hussey III from the sandstone quarried from the grounds, has to offer! Covering 770 acres, this castle is the perfect spot for walks and picnics. There is plenty for the children to enjoy including the Natural Play Trail, Discovery Room, building dens in the Wilderness Camp and looking out for wildlife including barn owls! Find out more.
Lindisfarne Castle, Berwick upon Tweed
This dramatic castle, which was renovated by Arts and Crafts architect Edwin Lutyens, is an an amazing place to bring the kids! Explore its many rooms, staircases and see some fantastic views from the top. The Gertrude Jekyll Garden is a beautiful little garden by the castle and there are lime kilns that you can explore too! Find out more.
Castle Ward, Downpatrick
Take a tour of this 18th century castle surrounded by dramatic rolling hills. There’s trails around the grounds to keep little explorers entertained, where they can spot wildlife such as butterflies, rabbits, ducks and swans. There’s also a super fun outdoor woodland playground and adventure playground too! Find out more.
Bodiam Castle, Robertsbridge
For the chance to get a real sense of 14th century life, visit Bodiam Castle! You’ll get to see the tower which was once a look-out, as well as the ruins where knights once walked. You can listen to the fascinating and sometimes gruesome tales of life at the castle from the many colourful characters walking around too! Find out more.
Compton Castle, Paigton
Home to the Gilbert family for almost 600 years, Compton Castle is the perfect day out and a chance to take in some seriously stunning views. Learn all about its history, stop for a picnic in its gorgeous gardens and have a go at the kids trail! Find out more.
Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire
Come and explore all six amazing floors of this stunning castle! Take a step back in time to the 15th century to learn what life would have been like back then and climb 150 steps from the basement to the top and enjoy some magnificent countryside views! Find out more.
Croft Castle and Parkland, Leominster
With over 1,500 acres of woodland, farmland and parkland, you’ll be spoilt for choice at where to explore first! Climb the to the Iron Age hill and view 14 of the old counties, have a go at the family trail and ride a hobby horse, as well as feed the chickens, play dress up in the house or let of steam on the mini castle play area! Find out more.