Carew Castle © Luc Herman

Website Summary

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 Dover Castle to worn earthworks that are all that are now left of sites such as Elmley Castle. There is also information on 250 of the mainly 18th and 19th century coastal forts and gun batteries that can still be seen, mainly around the south coast of England.

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

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.

Photographs

Tonbridge Castle 11th CenturyCaerphilly Castle 13th CentruyOrford Castle 12th CenturyConisborough Castle 12th CenturyBodiam Castle 14th Century 775 of the sites have been photographed so far with your help. If you have any photos of the castles or forts not yet photographed - click here for some of the sites - then please email me

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!

New/Updated Info

May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008