Great Britain has a long and often bloody history, and a part of this history remains to this day in the form of stunning mediaeval castles that are dotted around the country.
London contains a couple of the nation’s best castles, but there are quite literally hundreds on offer- from majestic ruins, to fully operational and preserved fortresses.
Some offer wonderful adventures like hedge mazes and jousting competitions, whilst others offer ghost tours, beautiful walks and staggering history.
If you’re looking for a fairytale experience in the real world, then UK’s castles are the places to start. Book a room in The Montcalm At The Brewery London City, one of the finest luxury hotels for families, and explore London’s magical windows into the past; then venture out into the country for a wonderful insight into Britain’s past.
Here are the best and most mythical castles you can visit from London.
Windsor Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world and is located just outside London in the town of Windsor.
It is the largest, and longest, occupied castle in the world and has been a residence of the British monarchy for over 900 years.
Originally built by William the Conqueror, this staggering castle is the perfect day out and is easily reached from your hotels near Chiswell Street London.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the most iconic landmarks in London and has a rich history spanning nearly 1,000 years.
Originally built as a royal palace, it has also been used as a fortress, a prison, a treasury, and even a menagerie.
Visitors can see the Crown Jewels, the famous ravens, and explore the mediaeval towers and buildings.
Leeds Castle is, rather confusingly, located in Kent, and is one of the most picturesque castles in the country.
It was originally built in the 12th century and has been used as a royal residence, a prison, and a hunting lodge during its life.
Visitors can explore the castle’s many rooms and gardens, as well as enjoy outdoor activities such as boating on the castle moat.
Hever Castle is located in Kent, about an hour’s drive from London. It was constructed in the 13th century and was later the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII.
Visitors can explore the castle’s many rooms and gardens, as well as see the Hever Castle Triptych, a painting believed to be by Hans Holbein.
Dover Castle is located in Kent and was viewed as ‘the key to England’ for hundreds of years.
It was built in stone during the 11th century, but it’s thought that a fort occupied the spot long beforehand.
It has played a key role in the defence of England throughout history, right up to the 2nd World War when it was used as a barracks and hospital.
Visitors can explore the castle’s many rooms including the Great Tower and the Secret Wartime Tunnels, and stunning views of the White Cliffs.
What could be a better way to spend the day than exploring a stunning mediaeval castle, before returning to a gorgeous helping of Montcalm Hotel afternoon tea?
Enjoy the sights of mediaeval Britain from the comfort of the city centre with these stunning castles.