Category Archives: Castles

Chirk Castle’s medieval guards appeal

It may be 700 years since the last major recruitment drive but custodians of a castle near Wrexham are looking for medieval soldiers. Chirk Castle keepers have appealed for more volunteers to swell the ranks of guards who dress up to greet visitors. Joanne Jones, a visitors’ manager, said: “We’re looking for enthusiastic people who…

Couple’s home really is their castle

Cara McCandless and Barton Branstetter have never forgotten their storybook wedding trip to Thornbury Castle Hotel in South Gloucestershire, England. They lolled and loved in the footsteps of King Henry VIII, who spent 10 days in 1535 in the grand country fortress with his beloved Anne Boleyn. Then, 12 years after their 1994 wedding, the…

Mum’s spooky Kenilworth Castle pics win photography competition

A Coventry mum is delighted to have won a photography competition capturing the spooky side of Kenilworth Castle. Nicola Troth, aged 33, won a year’s pass to her favourite medieval castle. The competition, organised by English Heritage, invited visitors to send in their atmospheric pictures. Nicola, a receptionist, lives in Yelverton Road, Holbrooks with her…

Ghost hunting in Northumberland

North East England’s rich history, ancient buildings and numerous castles all have spooky stories to tell. With Halloween just around the corner there is no better time of year to dabble in a bit of ghost hunting in some of the most beautiful and atmospheric parts of the country. Take a break in North East…

Medieval castle can be yours for a night

When I received an invitation to a weekend party at England’s Hampton Court, I anticipated free rein between the ramparts at a castle Henry VIII once called his own. It wasn’t until I prepared to book my train ticket that I discovered my mistake. I had been asked to Hampton Court Castle in Hereford, not…

Rochester Castle wall restoration almost complete

Stone masons will put the finishing touches to the complex restoration work of a weather-damaged section of Rochester Castle’s curtain wall next week. The experienced craftsmen have painstakingly repaired the 24m section of retaining wall, which collapsed in March after a deluge of heavy rain led to ground movement. Emergency shoring works were carried out…

A Spanish Castle, Furniture Included, Estate Of The Day

The Castillo de Santa Florentina – Casa Nova is for sale. It combines a historic country estate, in the envelope of a true Spanish castle, located 22 miles from Barcelona, in the northeast region of Spain. Santa Florentina Castle is a medieval building from the eleventh century, built on ancient Roman ruins. Despite its fortified…

Challenges of Castle Ownership

The idea of welcoming dinner guests across a drawbridge may be romantic, but if your home is a European castle, the maintenance costs can be daunting. When Malcolm Goodbody heard that the 15th-century, 230-square-meter Dunsandle Castle in County Galway, Ireland, and its surrounding 20 forested hectares were up for sale, he knew he had to…

Zitadelle Spandau – A Medieval fort

Berlin is not only a historical city of the long 20th century but holds also relicts of an anterior time. For example the Zitadelle Spandau which is one of the most well-preserved Renaissance forts in Europe. The old medieval castle was rebuilt in the 17th century in a “neo-Italian manner” by the elector Joachim II….

Castle near Merrifield remains hidden

When out-of-town visitors stopped in Merrifield to ask directions to the nearly $2 million castle nearby they were met with disbelief. Nate Phillipps is working to change all that and a medieval fair in November will give people a chance to see the castle up close. Complete with banners, knights in armor and even a…

You Can Live in an Italian Castle – For $9.8 Million

Looking for a real estate investment? Financial advisor Sandro Renghi has a property for you – a 5th century Italian castle called Carbonana Castle. USA Today reported that for the bargain price of $9.8 million dollars, you can purchase your very own, one-of-a-kind castle in the beautiful hillside Italian city of Umbrian from Renghi’s client;…

Experience Irish culture and history at Bunratty Castle, Clare

When I was in college I completed a semester abroad in Ireland. It is an incredible country! My friends and I took a trip to Bunratty Castle to visit the Folk Park and attend the ‘medieval’ dinner. I have very fond memories of Bunratty Castle and very fuzzy memories of Durty Nelly’s! The pub that…

Castle’s keepers like to boast about ghosts

If every castle in the British Isles that claims to be the most haunted actually was the most haunted, there would be about a 30-way tie for the title. Many of those medieval strongholds stand in ruin and challenge the imagination. Some pay minimal respect to their wraiths. Some officially reject the notion of ghosts….

Algerian web pirates 2,000 miles astray in siege of Belvoir Castle

One of Britain’s best-known castles fell victim to a band of hapless Middle-Eastern “cyber-pirates” last week after they mistook it for a Crusader fortress of the same name more than 2,000 miles away. Belvoir Castle, the family seat of the 11th Duke of Rutland, was mistakenly targeted by a subversive group of Algerian hackers who…

Taaffe Castle update: The time is nigh: I’m out of here

First Article: Crying out for medieval times in Taaffe’s Castle Second Article: Gutted over skinned rabbits and cremated pigeon Third Article: Two rabbits down – next, the pigs and non-laying geese Fourth Article: My lungs are beginning to feel like they are covered in charcoal Rosita Boland says goodbye to Carlingford, her new family and…