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Italy is giving away over 100 castles for free!

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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

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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)….

Lost Medieval castle discovered at House of Dun

Dun Castle

Archaeological excavations at the House of Dun have uncovered the remains of what is thought to be a 14th century castle. The excavations were carried out as part of the National Trust for Scotland’s Trailblazer residential working holidays, which offer the opportunity for young people aged 16 to 17 to experience archaeological excavations and conservation…

Mapping the Medieval: Ithaca College Professor Building Digital Model of Ireland’s Trim Castle

Trim Castle Map

Imagine touring a medieval castle without ever leaving your room. That may soon be possible thanks to the efforts of Professor Michael “Bodhi” Rogers and a team of students from Ithaca College. Rogers and four students traveled to County Meath, Ireland, in June to use a laser scanner to map Trim Castle. Built during the…

10 Historic Hungarian Castles

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Kinizsi Castle Kinizsi Castle is a 14th century fortification, located in the village of Nagyvázsony in the Veszprém county. The castle was named after Pál Kinizsi, a Hungarian general in the service of King Matthias Corvinus. He was the Count of Temes from 1484 and Captain-General of the Lower Parts. He is famous for his…

Archaeologists in Gwynedd discover medieval castle during excavation

Hen Gastell

The Gwynedd Archaelogical Trust which is surveying Hen Gastell at Llanwnda have hailed it as ‘a really important’ find. Archaeologists have discovered what’s believed to be a “well-defended” home of a medieval Welsh lord after examining the findings of a long running excavation. The Gwynedd Archaelogical Trust started surveying Hen Gastell (Old Castle) at Llanwnda,…

On The Trail of The Yorks by Kristie Dean

Last year we talked to Kristie Dean about the re-internment of King Ricahrd II and her book on Richard’s life and travels. Kristie returns this year with a new book on the Yorks titled On The Trail of The Yorks. The book explores the other members of the York family including Edward IV, Elizabeth Woodville…

Medieval castle discovered beneath HM Prison Gloucester to rival Tower of London

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The remains of a huge medieval castle that may have rivaled the Tower of London has been discovered under the basketball court of an abandoned prison. Archaeologists unearthed the enormous ‘tower keep’, which is thought to date back to 1110, while they were investigating the site in Gloucester ahead of a redevelopment project. The castle,…

Interior Design in the Middle Ages

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When I think of the Middle Ages I think of castles and battles and kings. Rarely do I think of interior design elements. But I imagine it was as important back then as it is today. Imagine the brave knight coming home from the Crusades and his wife asking if he likes the new curtains….

Bold Machines Designs and Releases an Amazing 3D Printed Castle Model

Castle-Detail 3D

I remember a few years ago when sites like Thingiverse first started to catch on. If you owned a 3D printer, this was a reason to begin using it a whole lot more. If you didn’t own one, it was a reason to go out and buy your first. No one could have imagined that…

County Kilkenny in Ireland is full of a medieval magic

Kilkenny Castle

The mischievous charm of Ireland’s people lures many travellers to Dublin, the city that has a wink in its eye and a thriving pub culture. And Ireland’s mythic countryside – craggy cliffs and rolling emerald fields – has a scenic and sentimental attraction for all those Aussies with Irish roots. Many visitors do a city…

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

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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…

Medieval Desktop: Castle Wallpaper Collection

Standing majestic over the countryside castles excite the imagination. Once bustling with activity they now stand empty. But their stone walls still have stories to tell, stories of knights, kings, sieges and war. Now you can have your own castle, well at least on your desktop. Seek out the castle that appeals to your inner…

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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…

Dallywater’s hosts A Medieval Christmas Banquet

DALLYWATER'S MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS BANQUET

Dallywater’s, A British Eatery in the Finger Lakes of New York State is hosting a Medieval Christmas Banquet. There are two more days left, Saturday, 14 December and Saturday, 21 December. Dallywater’s is located on Castle St, how cool is that! Call now and get your spot in the Banquet Hall! Dallywater’s Location View Larger…