Top 5 UK Castles (so far!)

Well, we are off to Greece this week for a little bucket list travelling! Be sure to follow us on my Instagram for some fabulous Greece scenery! Since we are away, I'm sharing a post that I previously blogged over at Cosmos Mariners. Say hello to my favorite castles thus far :)

Over in my little corner of the world, “castleing” has become a normal term for my husband and I. We love traveling throughout the UK and finding castles or castle ruins to explore. So today I am sharing with you our top 5 castles to explore while in the UK. While there are many wonderful castles to visit, these are our favourites from the ones we have visited! If you would like more information on a certain castle, click the title and it will send you on your way!

#5 Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey



If you are a Downton Abbey fan, visiting Highclere Castle is an absolute must! By the way, I am patiently awaiting the start date of the next seeason! Ugh, start already!!!This particular castle would not actually rate so high on my list of castles if I wasn’t a Downton fan but it still is really a gorgeous place to visit. Nestled in the countryside of Hampshire, the castle is actually a part time residence for the Earl and Lady Carnarvon. The castle is only open during certain times of the year and photography is prohibited inside. So sorry, I don’t have a picture of myself coming down the staircase or sitting in the high backed, crimson sofas in the library. But I did feel like Lady Mary walking down that staircase!

#4 Conwy Castle


 While in Wales, you must visit the ruins of Conwy Castle. Wales is an absolutely stunning country and my husband and I both adored our visit there. Conwy Castle is so picturesque. I felt like I was in a postcard. The sea, the hillside, the gorgeous colors of the UK sky…..it can’t be beat.


The towers are all accessible and you can get some amazing views from the top! Can you imagine what life must have been like behind these castle walls?


#3 Leeds Castle


Leeds Castle has been termed the “loveliest castle in the world” and rightly so! The castle is set in the countryside amongst over 500 acres of expansive gardens. The walk to the castle is so beautiful and serene. This castle is one that you will want to spend an entire day at, and bring the kiddos as well!


Oh, and let’s not forget….there is a nice little golf course around the castle (as you see from my attire). So husbands will want to visit this one as well! Leeds Castle is truly gorgeous!

#2 Tantallon Castle



Tantallon Castle, in Scotland, is the most magical castle I have experienced so far. The setting just does me in. First of all, the Scottish countryside is just absolutely beautiful. And if you have been to Scotland, you know that the weather changes quite often. The weather was picture perfect, literally, when we visited Tantallon. This castle has seen its share of battles and the history spans back to the 14th century. But the feeling you get when you see the sea below you is just incredible. If you want magic, head to Tantallon in Scotland!


#1 Alnwick Castle



 It doesn’t look like much from the front, but friends, this castle will knock your socks off. Alnwick Castle has been in the Percy family for over 700 years. And boy do these people have some $$; they are serious royalty. The State Rooms were open when we visited and my jaw literally dropped to floor from the amount of opulence going on in the place. It. Was. Stunning. You could spend hours in these rooms just gazing upon the trinkets, furniture and gold ceilings. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed in the State Rooms. So you must go!!




So there you have it! My favorite UK castles. Be sure to check out the links to full posts from each castle! I know we need to hit up Germany and France to broaden our castle horizon but the UK castles are amazing. I love exploring and using my imagination in each castle. Pinch me!

Jamie

22 comments

  1. Alnwick is one of my favourites as well! Where did you get your coat from the highclere photos? I love it! x

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  2. I totally re-read this post just so I could bask in the awesomeness of all of these castles once again. :) Love this post, and thanks for letting me feature it on my blog!!

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  3. All of them are gorgeous but I definitely think Conwy Castle is my favorite. I agree, very picturesque.

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  4. Wow!!! You have incited the wanderlust in me with these pictures!!!

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  5. Great choices! My memories of childhood holidays in Scotland are ones of wandering and climbing around ruins of Scottish castles and I love Harlech castle in Wales.

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  6. So jealous that you've been to Highclere Castle! And same here, can't wait for the next season to start!

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  7. Will definitely have to make it to that top 2 when I go back to Scotland!

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  8. Oh how I miss UK castles. The palaces in Asia are just not the same. Love your pictures.

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  9. Beautiful! I love this little rundown and would loveeee to see all of them!!

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  10. Alnwick Castle is literally first on my list of places to visit! I have the link saved to my favourites. I mainly want to go because of my Harry Potter nerdiness ;)

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  11. Thanks! I got it in a Dallas Macy's right before I moved. I think it may be Calvin Klein? It has been the best coat for over here! But funny enough, I bought it in Dallas while it was 100 degrees and the sales ladies looked at me like I was looney!!

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  12. I really loved Conwy....it was just too gorgeous in Wales :)

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  13. I will have to look the castle up! How amazing to have childhood memories of castles :)

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  14. Why hasn't it started already?! :) Highclere Castle was definitely cool.....the season was over by the time I visited so I can't wait for the new one so I can relish in the fact that I have stood where the actors are standing!!

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  15. It is such a simple castle, but the weather just completed the feel of the castle that day. I would love to see it from the water as well!!

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  16. I will miss the castles too when we leave :( There is just something magical about them!

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  17. I HAVE to get to some German castles soon! It's on the list!!

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  18. It is soooo cool!! I loved it. I think they actually have Harry Potter weekends and have people dressed up in HP garb. You would love it!

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