Category Archives: Castles

Italy is giving away over 100 castles for free!


Italy is giving away more than 100 historic castles, farmhouses and monasteries for free in an effort to breathe new life into its disused public buildings. Under a new scheme unveiled by the country’s government run State Property Agency, 103 ancient buildings will be up for grabs to entrepreneurs who promise to transform the locations…

15 castles in Kent you can visit for a great family day out


Canterbury Castle © Tim Stubbings The ruined Norman castle, which was begun by William the Conqueror in 1070, is one of the most ancient in Britain. The castle became a ruin in the 17th century after it was constructed as one of the three royal castles in Kent in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135)….

Drone flyover of Haunted Nocton Hall


Nocton Hall is a historic Grade II listed building in the village of Nocton, in Lincolnshire, England. In 2004 there was a major fire which left the building in a derelict state.

Major £13m project will transform Norwich Castle’s keep


It is one of the great historic centrepieces of the city, and over the next few years an ambitious project is aiming to transform Norwich Castle keep and give visitors the chance to step back in time to the world of the Norman kings. Called Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England, the £13m four-year project…

Medieval Hay Castle restoration receives £4.46 million boost

Hay Castle

The trust aiming to restore Hay Castle has secured £4.46 million pounds worth of funding to get the most out of the medieval site. The regeneration project took a giant step forward thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund grant to help restore the Grade 1 listed property. Hay Castle Trust will use the money to…

Stake to the heart: Count Dracula’s medieval castle is NOT for sale

bran castle

The owners of the Transylvanian castle that was the inspiration for the forbidding home of Count Dracula have hammered a stake into the heart of persistent rumours that the medieval mountain-top fortress is up for sale. Bran Castle in Romania is established as the model on which Bram Stoker based the creepy home of his…

Ireland’s 9 Most Haunted Sites


Lady Isobel and the Phantom Children Looking at Ballygally Castle, a cute Scottish baronial pile on the Antrim coast, you’d never think it was one of the most haunted places in Ireland. It all started when a previous owner locked his wife, Lady Isobel, in a tower because she couldn’t produce a male heir. Rather…

Bob White: The castles of Robin Hood


Following the news that £24m is to be spent revamping Nottingham Castle, Bob White, chairman of the World Wide Robin Hood Society, looks at some other castles associated with the outlaw Over the centuries various historical events in Nottingham’s past have resulted in the site where the legendary castle once stood being presently occupied by…

Iconic Welsh castles captured from the air with bird’s eye camera


See historic sites and monuments like never before thanks to spectacular films created by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. You’ve heard of Game Of Thrones but it’s been more a case of “Game Of Drones” in Wales. Cadw has released a series of videos that have been shot using a remote controlled drone…

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The Rock of Cashel, Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland

It’s that time of year again. You know when there are no more pages left in the calendar. It seems weird to be entering 2014…sounds like the future! This year you can help support Medieval Archives and score a beautiful castle calendar! (Or any calendar for that matter). If you buy a calendar, book or…

Leumeah ‘medieval’ castle listed for auction

leumeah castle | Medieval Archives

The article earlier this week about the Leumeah castle stated that Ron Farmer is selling his medieval castle in New South Wales, Australia. Now we have a location and asking price. (Prices below are listed in Australian Dollars) If you are looking to relocate to Australia you might think about buying the Leumeah castle. ~The…

Englishman transforms his Sydney home into medieval castle

Ron Farmer medieval castle

This Englishman’s home really is his castle. Boasting 10 turrets, a moat, stained glass windows, medieval furnishings and gargoyles, it is fit for King Arthur and his knights and tends to stand out among the brick-and-tile neighbouring bungalows in Dowling St, Leumeah. The suburban Camelot is the work of Ron Farmer, who was determined to…

Plenty to discover at medieval ruins

Codnor Castle

A team of dedicated trustees are on a mission to reveal the true identity of one of Derbyshire’s finest standing castles. This year the Codnor Castle Heritage Trust has been busy clear the undergrowth in the south court of the medieval ruins – getting rid of all thorn, scrub and ivy that has built up…

Britain’s best castles

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, UK

7 must-see strongholds in Britain Britain’s rich and varied history has been characterised by conflict for hundreds of years, and reminders of these fierce battles dot the British landscape in the form of towering castles and fortresses. On your visit to Britain be sure to get a taste of its fascinating history by visiting some…

Tourism policy offers rare chance to see inside Swansea Castle

medieval Swansea Castletours

Swansea Council has announced the city centre castle will be open to the public this weekend as part of Swansea’s St David’s week celebrations. Tours will take place every half-hour between 10am and 4pm on the Saturday, 25 February and 11am and 3.30pm on the Sunday, 26 February. It’s only the third time in decades…