Following the 6 cathedrals in 6 days series, I present you a virtual tour of seven castles.
The castles I chose are mainly medieval, or of medieval origins, except one. Some were converted to museums, some are just ruins and one is a private residence as well as tourist attraction.
All of my castles have fascinating stories. Let’s visit them (virtually, of course)
Arundel Castle, West Sussex, England
Built in the late 11th century, Arundel has been the seat of the dukes of Norfolk for over 850 years. The oldest bit is the gatehouse, built in 1070. Read more about my visit here.
Guildford Castle, Surrey, England
There’s little left of Guildford Castle: the Great Tower, sections of wall, the moat. However, it’s one of my favourite places to visit in Guildford. This castle dates back to the Norman Conquest, its has seen a lot!
Mont Orgueil (Gorey Castle), Gorey, Jersey, Channel Islands
I absolutely loved the views from the castle and of the castle. I used to take long walks here when we lived in Jersey. Gorey Castle, also called Mont Orgueil, is located on the cliffs above the fishing village of Gorey. The castle was built from 1204 onward, when King John of England lost his lands in Normandy.
Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey
Not a castle, but a palace. I really enjoy the visit.It opened my eyes to a different culture and a different way of life, albeit one that is no more. Topkapi (1459) was the sultans’ residence until the late 1600s, when they favoured their palaces along the Bosphorus.
Castle of the Moors, Sintra, Portugal
The Castelo dos Mouros is a witness to the conquest of the Iberian Peninsula at the hands of the Muslims in the 8th century. The castle is from the 8th and 9th centuries and is strategically located on top of a hill. So much fascinating history between the walls here!
Leeds Castle, Kent, England
Leeds was the first castle I visited with Sean. It was in 2002. We were on our way back from Dover and the castle happened to be on the way, near the M20. Leeds Castle was built on two islands on the River Len. It went from being the wooden structure of a Saxon leader to being a Norman stone fortress in the XII century.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle’s history as a fortification begins in the Iron Age. It was the scene of the Scottish independence struggle in the 13th and 14th centuries. Edinburgh Castle was also a royal residence. It commands incredible views from the top of hill. Absolutely breathtaking.