If it’s England, what would it be without its rich and sprawling history? Having gone ahead and shaped the histories of many other countries as well around the world, England of course writes a very rich one for itself. And thus, the array of monuments and historical structures it is home to only stand testament to this fact. Of course, if you head to England, you’re going to visit its many formidable and yet oh so dreamy castles. Here’s looking at the 5 best ones for you!
How to reach: India and England are well-connected enough for you to catch a direct flight for there from any of India’s major metropolitan cities.
Best time to visit England: England can practically speaking be visited almost anytime throughout the year but of course, this decision has to taken by weighing into the specific areas that one is intending on covering. Generally speaking, the months between March to mid-June, and thereafter, from September to November are the ideal months.
Now let’s get looking at some of the absolute best castles to see in the country:
Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
How to reach: Hop on a train from London and make an approximately 1 and a half hours long train journey to reach Bodiam Castle.
Best time to visit: Can be visited throughout but winter months are better.
This dreamy castle with the quintessential moats and battlements was started to be constructed as early the year 1385. This had started under the rule of Sir Edward Dalyngrigge who saw this construction back then not just as a thing of beauty but also as more importantly being capable of dissuading French raids. And what more to add to the feeling of visiting an old timey place than by crossing over barbican and three draw bridges in order to enter the main complex area. Built in order to establish itself as a military stronghold, the castle was also about showcasing Dalyngrigge’s wealth, status and power. Visit to explore its grand stature next to River Roth.
Windsor Castle, Berkshire
How to reach: From London’s Paddington station get on a train and reach here within 45 minutes roughly.
Best time to visit: March to May, September to November
This castle is not only a statement to fine architecture and maintenance but also to its relevance in the course of England’s history, it is the oldest castle here which is still occupied. Not only that, it is also the largest. And if that alone isn’t incredulous enough then you should know that the titles of it being the oldest and largest hold true not just in England but in the world at large. It was built in the 11th century and I wonder if at the time this would be very place where the modern-day Queen of England enjoys spending her weekends. It has up until now seen the reign of 39 monarchs who have maintained their stronghold over the castle as well.
Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
How to reach: This train journey from London shall take approximately 2 hours to reach Warwick.
Best time to visit: June to September
Standing in close proximity to River Avon with its tall rocky walls and well-manicured gardens, is the castle of Warwick. William the Conqueror was the first to start its construction as early in 1068. However, the years the castle faced many hurdles such as attacks, besiegement and fires too! The Earl of Warwick would reside here with his family so explore the castle and read about it to learn and reflect on what life it must have been like for them back then. The castle is also home to intriguing medieval era vaults. In keeping with its culture and heritage, they still host jousting tournaments and other activities here which you can look out for prior to your visit.
Arundel Castle, West Sussex
How to reach: Catch a train from London and over a span of 1 hour and 40 minutes you shall make it to this castle.
Best time to visit: May to October
Dukes of Norfolk and Earls of Arundel have quite lavishly enjoyed their time at this castle. The Arundel Castle has been modified and redone several times through the course of the history which enhances part of it. Walk around and see its spread out lush green gardens. These gardens spring with different flowers in varying seasons and make for quite an attraction in themselves. Moreover, offering views of River Arun this castle makes for a scenic sight. For the culturally curious ones this castle also houses rare art and painting collections which tell you further stories of an era that once existed and was seen right here.
How to reach: This is a roughly 6 hours long journey via the train.
Best time to visit: All through the year but early June is quite enjoyable because of the gardens.
Yet again the gardens of the castle cannot be missed or forgotten while talking about it, and that said it doesn’t take away from the uniqueness and beauty of each castle individually as well. But the castle layered with over 700 years of its history is also quite the enthralling visit ad a number of us find ourselves with goose bumps while standing right in front of it. Why? Well, because it has been the exterior shot of the Harry Potter franchise films for ages! Oh yes, this is what the outside of Hogwarts looks like, remember?! The historical structure is still inhabited by the Duke and Duchess over here. Only a small portion continues to remain private to them while the rest is completely open to visitors. This offers a chance for travellers to truly soak up in all of its history as best as they can.
Have you been to England yet? And which is the best castle amongst them all that you have seen with your own eyes?
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