England’s Essential Castles

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With the brief window of pleasant weather that Britain gets startled by every summer (what is that bloody bright orb in the sky? It’s hurting my eyes…!) now wide open, there is no better time to experience this essential nation on the global travel circuit. While the country is famous for its music culture and it’s rapidly rising food scene, the overwhelming draw for most is it’s medieval past, celebrated widely in literature and film.

As a result, most people want to bag a castle or two before hopping aboard the Chunnel train for France. To avoid disappointment or experiencing that new modern day affliction, The Fear Of Missing Out, what castles are truly can’t miss attractions? After all, we want to be the ones doing the 1 upping when bragging amidst our travel friends, instead of feeling remorse over missing such a slam dunk tourist sight.

With this in mind, be sure to include at least one of these three castles in your English travel plans…

1) Tower of London

While it is referred to in nomenclature as a tower, it is indeed a castle, one that used to house royals, but also prisoners who met their grisly ends here as well. Three queens of England were beheaded or hung here, as well as countless other enemies of the monarchy over the centuries. Additionally, this steadfast fortress served as an armory and as a storehouse of the Crown Jewels, with the latter function continuing in the present day.

2) Windsor Castle

Constucted over 900 years ago, and still going strong as the oldest occupied royal residence in the world, Windsor Castle is a symbol of the staying power of the current house that holds the British crown, with their hold lasting over centuries to this point. With this stately residence being home to Queen Elizabeth II on weekends, there is an exciting buzz in the air when one visits this living piece of English history, considering everything it has been through the eons (English Civil War, sheltering the royals during the Blitz in World War II, a shocking fire in 1992).

3) Tintagel Castle

One of the medieval legends that have endured in English literature is the tale of King Arthur and His Knights Of The Round Table. While all the details of the stories may not be true, it is widely believed that they were based off an actual King Arthur that occupied a castle by the name of Tintagel, which was situated in the Cornwall Peninsula. While the castle has fallen deeply into ruin over the ages, the basic outline of its foundations and walls still hint at a time when chivalry was still an honour bound characteristic of knights, and damsels in distress doth needed saving by said knights.

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