Carew Castle © Luc Herman

Information

The site covers 840 English and Welsh castles, fortified manor houses, Bishop's palaces and Pele towers constructed over the last twenty centuries. These range from the most impressive and powerful of structures like Dover Castle to worn earthworks that are all that are now left of sites such as Elmley Castle. There is also information on 270 of the mainly 18th and 19th century coastal forts and gun batteries that can still be seen, mainly around the south coasts of England and Wales.

History

The first stone fortifications were constructed by the Romans in the 1st Century, and they were so well built as at Portchester that many are still standing. The next wave of castle building started in all the major towns and cities after the Norman invasion and between 1066 and 1200 well over two and a half thousand castles were erected. Most were simple earth and timber structures and have now either vanished or exist only as a motte, a grassy mound, or earthworks........more

Photography

Over 860 of the sites have been photographed so far with your help for which I am very appreciative. If you have any photos of any castles or forts not yet photographed then please do email me.
Tonbridge Castle 11th CenturyCaerphilly Castle 13th CenturyOrford Castle 12th CenturyConisborough Castle 12th CenturyBodiam Castle 14th Century

Navigation

Use the Maps menu to select one of the 12 regions of England & Wales and then either use the castle icons or the dropdown lists on each of the map pages to view the sites. To find a specific castle or fortification use either the Search menu for A - Z listings or use Site Map to search by region.

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