With Game of Thrones back on our screens, it seems like the perfect time to showcase the fantastic castles near our holiday parks! Steeped in history these castles will intrigue the whole family and make for a wonderful day out. Oh, Snow I didn’t!
Let’s start ‘Beyond the wall’ in Scotland
Tantallon Castle – North Berwick
Built in the mid 1300s and situated on a cliff overlooking the Firth of Forth, the formidable Tantallon Castle was the strong hold of one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland.
By visiting this historic castle you can expect to find fantastic views from the battlements and a whole wealth of history at your feet. As the last truly grand castle built in Scotland, this is definitely one to visit with all the family, especially as it is only 30 minutes away from Seton Sands.
Culzean Castle & Country Park – Maybole
Surrounded by Culzean Country Park, this 18th century castle has views that will take your breath away! With beautiful woodland and gardens encompassing this Scottish wonder, it has earned it’s place as one of Scotland’s most popular attractions.
With Craig Tara Holiday Park just around the corner, you can make a whole day of it at this iconic castle.
Now to head West…eros
Dunster Castle – Somerset
Only 20 minutes from Doniford Bay, is the idyllic Dunster Castle. With views over rolling woodland towards the Bristol Channel this castle has had a dramatic history which you can see from its ruined tower.
The history of this site dates back over 1,000 years to around the time when William the Conqueror invaded England. Take a trip back in time with the whole family to find out more!
Of course we couldn’t forget the land of dragons…
Pembroke Castle – Pembroke
With a Welsh heritage dating back to around 1093, you can discover a whole array of wonders at Pembroke Castle. They have a selection of regular visitor activities including ‘Living History Days’, ‘Black Mountains Falconry Days’ and the big hit of 2014 ‘Merrymakers Knight School.’
Did you know Pembroke Castle is the only castle in Britain to be built over a natural cavern? Underneath this Welsh wonder is a large cave known as the Wogan.
Caernarfon Castle – Gwynedd
Created by Edward I, this is one of the most impressive castles in Wales, and has World Heritage status. With humble beginnings as a Roman fort, the ease of access to the sea meant that it was the perfect place to locate a castle.
There is enough history within these walls to keep the whole family busy discovering new facts all day!
Caister Castle – Norfolk
A 15th century moat surrounds this hidden gem, under 10 minutes from Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park. The location was even the inspiration for William Shakespeare’s “Falstaff”. What you may not know is that the castle is currently home to the largest private collection of motor vehicles in Britain! Whether you want to find out more about the history of this castle or discover the car collection within it, this is definitely a trip worth taking.
Over to Kings Landing…
Hastings Castle – Sussex
Only 10 minutes from Combe Haven Holiday Park is Hastings Castle. Constructed immediately after the landing of William the Conqueror in 1066 this keep and bailey castle has fantastic views over the Sussex coast.
Dover Castle – Dover
Known as the “Key to England“, this fortress helped protect the south coast for over 900 years! Remodelled by Henry II, he wanted to be able to impress important visitors to England – especially noble pilgrims travelling to the shrine in Canterbury Cathedral of Thomas Becket.
Watch out for smugglers in Cornwall!
Tintagel Castle – Cornwall
A little bit further away but definitely worth the trip is Tintagel Castle, sitting upon the North Cornwall Coast. There are a huge amount of events planned in for this year such as “Grand Medieval Jousts” and “Pirates Attack”! Tintagel Castle is also said to be the birthplace of King Arthur and with Merlin’s cave just around the corner this the perfect spot to get the whole family excited about history.