Category Archives: Castles

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…

Spiders to remain kings of the castle during restoration work

orb spider medieval castle

Here’s a fun little fact: I have a mild case of arachnophobia, spiders specifically. It all started in the corn fields when I was a kid. Running down the rows of corn I would inevitably hit an orb spider, but not just one, it was always two or three or more. And then I would…

For Sale: 30-Bedroom Medieval Castle In Italy For $58 Million

italian medieval castle 58 million

An historic castle in Italy’s Piemonte Torino, built sometime between the 9th and 14th century, is on sale for $58 million. The castle has 30 bedrooms and 47 full bathrooms, across nearly 40,000 square feet. Inside, there is a Roman Chapel. Outside there are gardens that can accommodate 300 guests and even a helipad. Famous…

Make-A-Wish Foundation Makes a Castle

Make-A-Wish Castle

So what if the expression is a cliché? For one small-town kid suffering from a disease, dreams — even medieval-themed dreams of knighthood, chivalry and adventure — do come true. As reported by WMUR, a New Hampshire TV station, a 12-year-old boy with a rare disease called desmoid fibromatosis was made king of his domain…

King of the historic castles

Harlech Castle, Wales

Considering its importance, I thought it would be bigger. Not that walls 3.5-metres thick and 12-metres high are insubstantial, but I’d expected a castle that had endured five sieges, taken nearly eight years to build and was the last royalist fortification to fall in the English Civil War to have more bulk. The site is…

Oystermouth Castle secrets to be unearthed

Oystermouth Castle

Dark vaulted chambers and spiral staircases that haven’t been explored for hundreds of years will soon be available for history fans to discover at Swansea’s Oystermouth Castle. The next phase of works aimed at conserving the attraction and making it more accessible will start shortly with archaeologists overseeing the excavation of staircases leading to the…

Medieval Castles: 50% off

Everyone loves a sale, especially right now. So it’s time to buy a castle. Who’s with me? Anyone? Thanks to the European debt crisis, vacation homes in the troubled countries of Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal are selling at big discounts, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal. But Americans looking for…

Medieval English Castle Tour – The Tower of London

The Tower of London is, compellingly and unquestionably, one of the most famous attractions in the capital. Its abundant and absorbing past will not fail to enchant you. Take a Tower of London tour with Golden Tours and investigate this noteworthy landmark. Ensure you afford some time in ascertaining what life was like imprisoned in…

Windsor Castle’s famous Round Tower reopens to the public

Windsor Castle’s world-famous round tower is opened to the public on 01 August for the first time in almost four decades. The tower was closed to visitors in 1975 for major construction work and was under-pinned to prevent subsidence, but instead of reopening to visitors, it was later converted into office space for the Royal…

£1 million to help preserve Tamworth Castle for future generations

Tamworth’s most beloved and iconic landmark has been granted a cash boost of more than £1 million to ensure its future and strengthen its place in the town. The medieval castle has been a symbol of Tamworth for hundreds of years – and thanks to a successful Heritage Lottery bid – announced weeks before the…

Oystermouth Castle in Swansea bay re-opens to the public

It was twice burnt to the ground by rebellious Welsh princes and was “Camelot” for the ancient lords of Gower. Now romantic Oystermouth Castle, set on a commanding hill overlooking Swansea Bay at Mumbles, is to re-open to the public after a £1.7m makeover. Half of the crumbling medieval castle had been closed to the…

Castles of Europe Windows 7 Theme, now with pictures

I have had several questions about the names and locations of the castles in the Castles of Europe Windows 7 theme. Below are the 21 castles included in the theme as well as there names and locations. The original post: Castle of Europe Windows 7 Theme post. Download the Castles of Europe Windows 7 Theme…

Bulgaria’s Vidin Medieval Fortress in Dire Need of Restoration

The medieval fortress in Bulgaria’s Danube city of Vidin, also known as “Baba Vida”, a top tourist spot, is in a dire need of reconstruction, according to its management. The fortress was the capital of the Vidin Principality, and its ruler, Tsar Ivan Sratsimir, in the 14th century, and essentially the last Bulgarian capital to…

Castles of Europe Windows 7 theme

Update: The updated post for the Castles of Europe Theme can be found here –> Castles of Europe Windows 7 Theme, now with pictures. It includes pictures of all 21 castles as well as their names and locations. ~The Archivist This theme contains 21 pictures of castles form across Europe. I have it installed on…