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Though their military purpose is long redundant, Britain's Castles still stir the blood. They are history writ large: from Iron Age Maiden Castle through to more recent gems like Sir Walter Raleigh's fortified home in Sherborne, via Roman Burgh Castle and the many Norman survivals including the Tower of London and Edinburgh Castle. Many indeed are architectural histories in themselves, improved and altered through the generations. Now that so many come complete with requisite shop and activities - Alnwick is wonderful for its entertainment - kids love to visit them. But for romantics there are still out of the way wonders perched above rocks or on remote islands, far from any such commercial considerations: tell us about your favourite by voting in our poll.

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Current favourite British Castles

1: Windsor Castle (1713 votes) Windsor

2: Alnwick Castle (871 votes) Alnwick

3: Beaumaris Castle (821 votes) Beaumaris

4: Bodiam Castle (813 votes) Robertsbridge

5: Arundel Castle & Gardens (772 votes) Arundel

6: Bamburgh Castle (751 votes) Bamburgh

7: Corfe Castle (718 votes) Corfe Castle

8: Fort Grey (717 votes) St Peters

9: Cardiff Castle (717 votes) Cardiff

10: Muncaster Castle, Gardens & Owl Centre (712 votes) Ravenglass

11: Berkeley Castle (695 votes) Berkeley

12: Balmoral Castle & Grounds (693 votes) Ballater

13: Braemar Castle (692 votes) Braemar

14: Carisbrooke Castle (661 votes) Newport

15: Leeds Castle and Gardens (595 votes) Maidstone

16: Caernarfon Castle (585 votes) Caernarfon

17: Sudeley Castle & Gardens (555 votes) Winchcombe

18: Kenilworth Castle (434 votes) Kenilworth

19: Glamis Castle (434 votes) Forfar

20: Cyfarthfa Castle, Museum & Art Gallery (415 votes) Merthyr Tydfil

21: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens (356 votes) Dunvegan

22: Ludlow Castle (347 votes) Ludlow

23: Cawdor Castle (344 votes) Nairn

24: Chirk Castle (343 votes) Wrexham

25: Eastnor Castle (320 votes) Ledbury

26: Framlingham Castle (316 votes) Woodbridge

27: Warwick Castle (291 votes) Warwick

28: Edinburgh Castle (290 votes) Edinburgh

29: Hertford Castle (266 votes) Hertford

30: Dirleton Castle and Gardens (263 votes) North Berwick

31: Knaresborough Castle & Courthouse Museum (229 votes) Knaresborough

32: Sherborne Castle & Lakeside Gardens (226 votes) Sherborne

33: Totnes Castle (224 votes) Totnes

34: Tonbridge Castle (224 votes) Tonbridge

35: Castle Cornet (167 votes) St Peter Port

36: Caerlaverock Castle (154 votes) Dumfries

37: Powderham Castle (135 votes) Exeter

38: Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle (116 votes) Herstmonceux

39: Caerhays Castle & Gardens (94 votes) St Austell

40: Chiddingstone Castle (72 votes) Edenbridge

41: Castle Rushen (42 votes) Castletown

42: Chepstow Castle (32 votes) Chepstow

43: Mount Orgueil Castle (5 votes) Grouville

44: Kellie Castle & Garden (4 votes) Pittenweem

45: Lauriston Castle (4 votes) Edinburgh

46: Dolwyddelan Castle (4 votes) Dolwyddelan

47: Sandal Castle (4 votes) Wakefield

48: Craignethan Castle (4 votes) Lesmahagow

49: Upnor Castle (4 votes) Rochester

50: Deal Castle (4 votes) Deal

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51: Ayton Castle (3 votes) Eyemouth

52: Blairquhan Castle (3 votes) Maybole

53: Flint Castle (3 votes) Flint

54: Dunrobin Castle & Gardens (3 votes) Golspie

55: Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle (3 votes) Ashby-de-la-Zouch

56: Bolsover Castle (3 votes) Bolsover

57: Kidwelly Castle (3 votes) Kidwelly

58: Kirby Muxloe Castle (3 votes) Leicester

59: Clitheroe Castle Museum (3 votes) Clitheroe

60: White Castle (3 votes) Abergavenny

61: Grimsthorpe Castle (3 votes) Bourne

62: Torosay Castle (3 votes) Craignure

63: Bolton Castle (3 votes) Leyburn

64: Llawhaden Castle (3 votes) Narberth

65: Caerphilly Castle (3 votes) Caerphilly

66: Orford Castle (2 votes) Woodbridge

67: Brechin Castle Centre (2 votes) Brechin

68: St Andrews Castle and Visitor Centre (2 votes) St Andrews

69: Farleigh Hungerford Castle (2 votes) Bath

70: Raglan Castle (2 votes) Usk

71: Carreg Cennen Castle (2 votes) Llandeilo

72: Enniskillen Castle (2 votes) Enniskillen

73: Newhaven Fort (2 votes) Newhaven

74: Christchurch Castle (2 votes) Christchurch

75: Wolvesey Castle (2 votes) Winchester

76: Chillingham Castle (2 votes) Chillingham

77: Caldicot Castle and Country Park (2 votes) Caldicot

78: Belfast Castle (2 votes) Belfast

79: Ravenscraig Castle (2 votes) Kirkcaldy

80: Hever Castle and Gardens (2 votes) Edenbridge

81: Barnard Castle (2 votes) Barnard Castle

82: Rothesay Castle (2 votes) Rothesay

83: Dunnottar Castle (2 votes) Stonehaven

84: Greenhalgh Castle (2 votes) Garstang

85: Elizabeth Castle (2 votes) St Helier

86: Bridgnorth Castle (ruin) (2 votes) Bridgnorth

87: St Briavel's Castle (2 votes) Lydney

88: Conwy Castle (2 votes) Conwy

89: Cadzow Castle (2 votes) Hamilton

90: Craigievar Castle (2 votes) Alford

91: Langley Castle (2 votes) Hexham

92: MacLellan's Castle (2 votes) Kirkcudbright

93: Ardblair Castle (2 votes) Blairgowrie

94: Rayleigh Mount (2 votes) Rayleigh

95: Dunster Castle (2 votes) Dunster

96: Blackness Castle (2 votes) Linlithgow

97: Auchindoun Castle (2 votes) Dufftown

98: Ludgershall Castle and Cross (2 votes) Ludgershall

99: Picton Castle (2 votes) Haverfordwest

100: Calshot Castle (2 votes) Southampton

101: Croft Castle (2 votes) Leominster

102: Elcho Castle (2 votes) Rhynd

103: Rowallan Castle (2 votes) Kilmarnock

104: New Buckenham Castle (2 votes) Norwich

105: Bayards Cove Fort (2 votes) Dartmouth

106: St Catherine's Castle (2 votes) Fowey

107: Corgarff Castle (2 votes) Corgarff

108: Lincoln Castle (2 votes) Lincoln

109: Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate (2 votes) Banchory

110: Muness Castle (2 votes) Unst

111: Hadleigh Castle (2 votes) Hadleigh

112: Manorbier Castle (2 votes) Tenby

113: Restormel Castle (2 votes) Lostwithiel

114: Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort (2 votes) Crymych

115: Tutbury Castle (2 votes) Burton upon Trent

116: York Castle Museum (2 votes) York

117: Nunney Castle (2 votes) Frome

118: Southsea Castle (2 votes) Portsmouth

119: Broughton Castle (2 votes) Banbury

120: Stormont (2 votes) Belfast

121: Fort Charlotte (2 votes) Lerwick

122: Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel (2 votes) Oban

123: Abernethy Round Tower (2 votes) Abernethy

124: Keep Military Museum (2 votes) Dorchester

125: Pembroke Castle (2 votes) Pembroke

126: St Mawes Castle (2 votes) Truro

127: Craigmillar Castle (2 votes) Edinburgh

128: Carsluith Castle (2 votes) Creetown

129: Middleham Castle (2 votes) Leyburn

130: Rhuddlan Castle (2 votes) Rhyl

131: Castle Acre Castle (2 votes) Kings Lynn

132: Tynemouth Castle and Priory (2 votes) Tynemouth

133: Harwich Redoubt Fort (2 votes) Harwich

134: Ogmore Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

135: Bolebroke Castle (2 votes) Hartfield

136: Lochleven Castle (2 votes) Kinross

137: Portchester Castle (2 votes) Fareham

138: Drummond Castle Gardens (2 votes) Crieff

139: Scalloway Castle (2 votes) Scalloway

140: New Tavern Fort (2 votes) Gravesend

141: Scarborough Castle (EH) (2 votes) Scarborough

142: Eye Castle (2 votes) Eye

143: Lindisfarne Castle (2 votes) Holy Island

144: Penrhyn Castle (2 votes) Bangor

145: Stirling Castle (2 votes) Stirling

146: Deddington Castle (2 votes) Banbury

147: Noltland Castle (2 votes) Westray

148: Mont Orgueil Castle (2 votes) Gorey

149: Weeting Castle (2 votes) Brandon

150: Dover Castle and Secret Wartime Tunnels (2 votes) Dover

151: Inveraray Castle (2 votes) Inveraray

152: Dartmouth Castle - English Heritage (2 votes) Dartmouth

153: Coalhouse Fort (2 votes) Tilbury

154: Lulworth Castle (2 votes) Wareham

155: Powis Castle and Garden (2 votes) Welshpool

156: Tolquhon Castle (2 votes) Ellon

157: Fort Paull (2 votes) Hull

158: Rockingham Castle (2 votes) Market Harborough

159: Newark Castle (2 votes) Newark

160: Berwick Castle (2 votes) Berwick-upon-Tweed

161: Nottingham Castle (2 votes) Nottingham

162: Hedingham Castle (2 votes) Halstead

163: Linlithgow Palace (2 votes) Linlithgow

164: Pevensey Castle (2 votes) Pevensey

165: Craigston Castle (2 votes) Turriff

166: Thirlestane Castle (2 votes) Lauder

167: Kelburn Castle and Country Centre (2 votes) Fairlie

168: Balvenie Castle (2 votes) Keith

169: Richmond Castle (EH) (2 votes) Richmond

170: Urquhart Castle (2 votes) Inverness

171: Dumbarton Castle (2 votes) Dumbarton

172: Shrewsbury Castle and Shropshire Regimental Museum (2 votes) Shrewsbury

173: Helmsley Castle (2 votes) Helmsley

174: Neidpath Castle (2 votes) Peebles

175: Spynie Palace (2 votes) Elgin

176: Coity Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

177: Eynsford Castle (2 votes) Dartford

178: Kinnersley Castle (2 votes) Kinnersley

179: Goodrich Castle (2 votes) Ross-on-Wye

180: Lunt Roman Fort (2 votes) Coventry

181: Acton Burnell Castle (2 votes) Shrewsbury

182: Prudhoe Castle (2 votes) Prudhoe

183: Greenknowe Tower (2 votes) Gordon

184: Fort Purbrook The Peter Ashley Activity Centre (2 votes) Portsmouth

185: Cholmondeley Castle Garden (2 votes) Malpas

186: Skenfrith Castle (2 votes) Abergavenny

187: Huntly Castle (2 votes) Huntly

188: Mountfitchet Castle (2 votes) Stansted

189: Castle of St John (2 votes) Stranraer

190: Usk Castle (2 votes) Usk

191: Hemyock Castle (1 vote) Cullompton

192: Conisbrough Castle (1 vote) Doncaster

193: Burleigh Castle (1 vote) Milnathort

194: Castle Fraser (1 vote) Inverurie

195: Lydford Castle, Banks and Fort (1 vote) Okehampton

196: Drumcoltran Tower (1 vote) Dalbeattie

197: Hailes Castle (1 vote) East Linton

198: Raby Castle (1 vote) Darlington

199: Skipsea Castle (EH) (1 vote) Driffield

200: Edzell Castle and Garden (1 vote) Forfar

201: Lochranza Castle (1 vote) Lochranza

202: Hurst Castle (1 vote) Lymington

203: Loch Leven Castle (1 vote) Kinross

204: Pickering Castle (1 vote) Pickering

205: Tattershall Castle (1 vote) Lincoln

206: Crichton Castle (1 vote) Pathhead

207: Fyvie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

208: Fonmon Castle (1 vote) Barry

209: Colchester Castle Museum (1 vote) Colchester

210: Needles Old Battery (1 vote) Alum Bay

211: Carew Castle & Tidal Mill (1 vote) Carew

212: Castle Rising Castle (1 vote) Kings Lynn

213: Wallingford Castle Gardens (1 vote) Wallingford

214: Kilchurn Castle (1 vote) Dalmally

215: Hermitage Castle (1 vote) Hawick

216: Oxwich Castle (1 vote) Swansea

217: Morton Castle (1 vote) Morton

218: Colchester Castle (1 vote) Colchester

219: Castell Coch (1 vote) Cardiff

220: Tretower Court and Castle (1 vote) Crickhowell

221: Dolbadarn Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

222: Duffus Castle (1 vote) Elgin

223: Guildford Castle (1 vote) Guildford

224: Norham Castle (1 vote) Berwick-upon-Tweed

225: Sorn Castle and Garden (1 vote) Mauchline

226: Cilgerran Castle (1 vote) Cardigan

227: Elcho Castle (1 vote) Perth

228: Ripley Castle & Gardens (1 vote) Harrogate

229: Royal Citadel (1 vote) Plymouth

230: Lancaster Castle (1 vote) Lancaster

231: Upton Castle Gardens (1 vote) Cosheston

232: Royal Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

233: Walmer Castle and Gardens (1 vote) Deal

234: Peel Castle (1 vote) Peel

235: Bryn Bras Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

236: Laugharne Castle (1 vote) Carmarthen

237: Old Sarum Castle - English Heritage (1 vote) Salisbury

238: Harlech Castle (1 vote) Harlech

239: Balgonie Castle Enterprises (1 vote) Glenrothes

240: Clifford's Tower (1 vote) York

241: Carlisle Castle (1 vote) Carlisle

242: Balvaird Castle (1 vote) Glen Farg

243: Loch Doon Castle (1 vote) Dalmellington

244: Pontefract Castle (1 vote) Pontefract

245: Camber Castle (1 vote) Rye

246: Tilbury Fort (1 vote) Tilbury

247: Cromwell's Castle (1 vote) Tresco

248: Fort Brockhurst (1 vote) Gosport

249: New Castle (1 vote) Bridgend

250: Strome Castle (1 vote) Lochcarron

251: Chesters Roman Fort (Cilurnum) Hadrian's Wall (1 vote) Hexham

252: Warkworth Castle (1 vote) Morpeth

253: Wigmore Castle (ruin) (1 vote) Leominster

254: Highcliffe Castle (1 vote) Highcliffe

255: Lewes Castle, Barbican House Museum (1 vote) Lewes

256: Launceston Castle (1 vote) Launceston

257: Auckland Castle (1 vote) Bishop Auckland

258: Doune Castle (1 vote) Doune

259: Brougham Castle (1 vote) Penrith

260: Brodie Castle (1 vote) Forres

261: Kildrummy Castle (1 vote) Alford

262: Lullingstone Castle (1 vote) Dartford

263: Threave Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

264: Skipton Castle (1 vote) Skipton

265: Crownhill Fort (1 vote) Plymouth

266: Fort George (1 vote) Inverness

267: Beeston Castle (1 vote) Tarporley

268: Dunstanburgh Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

269: Housesteads Roman Fort (1 vote) Hexham

270: Castle of Old Wick (1 vote) Wick

271: Aydon Castle (1 vote) Corbridge

272: Richborough Roman Fort (1 vote) Sandwich

273: Castle Campbell and Garden (1 vote) Dollar

274: Stafford Castle & Visitor Centre (1 vote) Stafford

275: Hastings Castle and 1066 Story (1 vote) Hastings

276: Okehampton Castle (1 vote) Okehampton

277: Bothwell Castle (1 vote) Uddingston

278: Spofforth Castle (EH) (1 vote) Harrogate

279: Etal Castle (1 vote) Cornhill-on-Tweed

280: Lochmaben Castle (1 vote) Lochmaben

281: King Charles Castle (1 vote) Tresco

282: Cardoness Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

283: Scotstarvit Tower (1 vote) Cupar

284: Chipchase Castle (1 vote) Hexham

285: Kisimul Castle (1 vote) Isle of Barra

286: Huntingtower Castle (1 vote) Perth

287: Eilean Donan Castle (1 vote) Kyle of Lochalsh

288: Stokesay Castle (1 vote) Craven Arms

289: Drum Castle (1 vote) Banchory

290: Orchardton Tower (1 vote) Castle Douglas

291: Moreton Corbet Castle (1 vote) Newport

292: Castle Keep (1 vote) Newcastle upon Tyne

293: Portland Castle - English Heritage (1 vote) Portland

294: Inverlochy Castle (1 vote) Fort William

295: Old Wardour Castle (1 vote) Salisbury

296: Bowes Castle (1 vote) Barnard Castle

297: Broughty Castle Museum (1 vote) Broughty Ferry

298: Delgatie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

299: Druchtag Motte (1 vote) Mochrum

300: Newark Castle (1 vote) Port Glasgow

301: Berwick-upon-Tweed Ramparts (1 vote) Berwick-upon-Tweed

302: Yarmouth Castle (1 vote) Yarmouth

303: Edlingham Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

304: Peveril Castle (1 vote) Hope Valley

305: Duart Castle (1 vote) Craignure

306: Tantallon Castle (1 vote) North Berwick

307: Criccieth Castle (1 vote) Criccieth

308: Clackmannan Tower (1 vote) Clackmannan

309: Rochester Castle (1 vote) Rochester

310: Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

311: Pendennis Castle - English Heritage (1 vote) Falmouth

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