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16
May

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...
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13
May

Château de Falaise: William the Conqueror’s Birthplace

Presenting: another castle in France! The Château de Falaise, found in Calvados, Normandy, France, is medieval castle – and it just happens to be the castle where the famous William the Conqueror was born. His descendants kept the castle until the 13th century, when it was taken by King Philip II of France. Today, it is considered a historical monument in France. Credit: “Falaise chateau guillaume conquerant 2” by Ollamh – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia...
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12
May

Château de Vincennes: A Must-See Chateau in France

The Chateau de Vincennes in France is a 14th and 17th century French royal castle. It started out as a humble hunting lodge made for Louis VII during the 12th century, and was made as a larger manor in the 13th century by Philip Augustus and Louis IX. Marriages and deaths happened at that castle – Philippne III and Philippine the IV made their wedding vows there, while Louis X, Philippe V, and Charles IV all died there. “Chateau-de-Vincennes-donjon” by...
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09
May

Tintagel Castle: A Castle of Legend

Anyone who is familiar with the legend of the one and only King Arthur should be familiar with Tintagel: the castle where Uther Pendragon, disguised as the Duke of Cornwall, comes to the Duke’s wife, Igraine, and together with her conceives the child who would someday be known as the once and future king. It would have been quite easy to dismiss the event as absolutely, completely fictional, and forever associated with the legend, but if one’s fancy is easily...
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04
May

Pevensey Castle: A Medieval Castle in East Sussex

Many of the castles that we’ve been looking at are restored and in use – possibly an event space, possibly a castle hotel. Sometimes, though, we come across castles that are, while they are open to the public to be seen, not exactly functional. Still, regardless of the condition of the castle, a lot of them are historically relevant, and have played a role in the shaping of their nation’s story. Such a castle is Pevensey Castle, located at East...
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03
May

Chirk Castle: A Beautiful Castle In Wales

Wales, as we know, is a country that’s brimming with castles. Restored castles, ruined castles, castles with only the foundations left – there are a lot. In fact, there are hundreds of them, and some of the well-maintained, well-restored ones are actually tourist destinations where thousands of people flock to regularly. The value of castles should never be underestimated, because they carry the weight of history with them. We keep making lists about which castles could be amazing writing retreats,...
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