English Heritage have shared their pick of five castles to visit this Autumn.
South Yorkshire’s 12th Century castle was the inspiration behind Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe. Its crumbling castle walls, grassy picnic areas, visitor centre and exhibitions are still attracting guests to visit the castle, see its defences and learn about life during the 12th Century.
Warkworth Castle and Hermitage
Built in Northumberland over 600 years ago Warkworth Castle was home to the powerful Percy family with their lavish lifestyle. It has remained famous for its mighty fortress, cross shaped keep and its hilltop position offering coastal and river views over the River Coquet.
The grounds offer lots of open space for kids to play and parents to relax. Plus, the site offers boat trips to the hermitage, built of rock.
Guests to the East Sussex castle are taken back to the 16th Century. As the last and strongest of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts, two thirds of the towered walls are still standing.
As the landing for William the Conqueror and his army ahead of the 1066 battle this site holds many historical tales, interesting artefacts in the museum and exhibition areas, dark dungeons and more recently a second world war display.
Situated on the North Yorkshire coast, this castle with its 3,000 years of history offers panoramic views over the rugged and dramatic coastline that surrounds it. The Master Gunner’s House is still open offering tea and other refreshments.
Farleigh Hungerford Castle
This 14th Century castle lies on the border between Somerset and Wiltshire. Situated in a valley it is a popular destination for walkers enjoying the countryside. Alongside its intriguing and gruesome tales which can also be heard via a free audio tour there is a chapel, the family tombs and a collection of medieval wall paintings. Other attractions not to be missed are the collection of human shaped lead coffins that can be seen in the crypt and the tower where Lady Elizabeth Hungerford was imprisoned by her husband in the 1530s.