5 Really Cool English Heritage Castles in England

Before we look at the list of amazing English Heritage castles in England, it pays to know what English Heritage really is:

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites – from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year.

We are a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 07447221, registered in England.
– from the website

You can visit their website here for more details.

Now for some castles!

1. Pendennis Castle

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Credit: “Pendennis Castle”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – 

pendennis plan

Credit: “Plan of Pendennis Castle” by St. J. O’Neill, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office – Castles: An Introduction to the Castles of England and Wales. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – 

This castle is a Henrician Castle at Falmouth in Cornwall. It was built by Henry VIII during the middle of the 16th century to defend the surrounding areas from threats of naval attacks by the French and the Spanish.

2. Barnard Castle

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Credit: “Barnard Castle” by Ben Gamble. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

This is a ruined medieval castle found in County Durham, and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The castle was besieged during the 13th century by Alexander II.

3. Chester Castle

chester castle

Credit: “Chester Castle – geograph.org.uk – 1022086” by John Allan. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

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Credit: “Agricola Tower” by BrianP. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

Built in 1070 by the first Earl of Chester, Hugh Lupus, this castle once served as a prison for some interesting people – Richard II and Andrew de Moray, to name a few.

4. Longthorpe Tower

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Credit: “Longthorpe Tower1” by Julian Dowse. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

Longthorpe Tower is a 14th century tower housing a well-preserved set of murals, which were done at around the 1300s and depict religious and moral themes.

5. St. Catherine’s Castle

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Credit: “Stcatherinescastle” by Ulli1105 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

This castle was commissioned by Henry VIII. It was part of the naval defense castles that Henry VIII had built during the mid-16th century.

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A college student and frustrated writer who loves to drink a lot of coffee, play video games, read speculative fiction, and dream about castles.

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