This site contains
information on over 800 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 Windsor and
Dover Castles to worn earthworks that are all that are now left of
sites such as Burwell Castle.
There is also information on 250 of the mainly 18th and 19th century coastal
forts and gun batteries that still stand around the south coast.
The first stone fortifications were constructed by the Romans in the
1st Century, and they were so well built that many of the walls
are still standing. The next wave of castle
building started in 1066 in all the major towns
and cities after the Norman
invasion. Between then and the year 1200, well over two and a half thousand castles were erected. The majority
were simple earth and timber castles and have now either vanished
or exist only as a motte, a grassy mound, or earthworks........more
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.
of the sites have been photographed so far with
If you can provide any photos of the castles
or forts not
yet photographed - click here
for a list of some of the sites - then please
Salter has lovingly produced a set of 34 paperbacks
in great detail ALL the castles and other sites in the UK county by county. For more info visit Folly Publications ......... and
book with you as you travel around!