This site contains information on over 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 coast of England.
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
Using the Site
Use the Maps menu to select one of the 12 regions of England & Wales and then either click on the castle icons, or use the dropdown lists on each of the map pages. To find a specific castle or
fortification use either the Search menu for A - Z listings or use the Site Map to search by county.
840 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
Books on Castles
Mike Salter has lovingly produced a set of 34 paperbacks
which cover in great detail ALL the castles and other sites in the UK
county by county. For more info visit Folly Publications
......... and take a book with you as you travel around!