Category Archives: Castles

Caernarfon Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon Castle is located in the town of Caernarfon in North Wales. The huge fortress was built by King Edward I of England to help in his fight against the Welsh. The site was chosen as it offered easy access to the sea. It was built on the… Continue Reading

Colchester Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some interesting facts about Colchester Castle. Colchester Castle is an almost complete Norman castle, dating from the 11th century. It is located in the town of Colchester in Essex, about 80 km north-east of London. Colchester was once the capital of Roman Britain and is believed to be England’s oldest town. The Romans… Continue Reading

Harlech Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Harlech Castle. Harlech Castle is a 13th century castle, constructed on the orders of England’s King Edward I. It is located in the town of Harlech in North Wales, on a cliff overlooking the coast. The castle originally overlooked the sea, although the coastline has changed since then. Today there is… Continue Reading

Concentric Castles: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about concentric castles. Concentric castles are those which have two or more surrounding walls, with the inner one usually higher than the outer one. They were sometimes circular, but also square or other shapes. These castles were the next big castle design after stone keep castles, and are mostly associated with… Continue Reading

Stone Keep Castle Facts

Here are some facts about stone keep castles. Stone keep castles were built all over Medieval England, many by William the Conqueror. They replaced the many wooden castles that had been built, and were designed for strength and security. They were first built in France during the 10th and 11th centuries, and the idea was… Continue Reading

Tintagel Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Tintagel Castle. Tintagel Castle is located on the north coast of Cornwall in south-west England. It has been popular with tourists since the mid 19th century and today it is managed by English Heritage. Although the Romans occupied the area, the castle was built in the 13th century. It was… Continue Reading

Norman Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Norman castles. The Norman invasion in 1066 is seen as the start of the Middle Ages in England. Castles were built by the Normans in just a few weeks and could shelter men, horses and supplies. The earliest Norman castles were pre-built (to some extent) and transported to England on… Continue Reading

Hever Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Hever Castle. Hever Castle is located in Kent, near the village of the same name. It is about 48 km south east of London and has been open to the public since 1983. The gatehouse was built in 1270 and is the oldest part of the castle. In the early… Continue Reading

Orford Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Orford Castle. Orford Castle is located near the village of the same name in Suffolk. The 12th century castle is about 20 km from Ipswich, and about 120 km from London. The central tower of Orford Castle is 27 metres high, and has 3 taller turrets attached to it. Some… Continue Reading

Leeds Castle Facts

Here are some facts about Leeds Castle. Leeds Castle, which has been described as the loveliest castle in the world, is in Kent. It is about 7 km from Maidstone and about 60 km from London. There’s been a castle here since the 12th century, although most of the present building was built in the… Continue Reading