Arundel Castle is impressive in size and is more modern in appearance than most other castles in England. The 1,000 year-old castle was constructed by the Normans, but has been added to over the years, most recently by Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901). Today the grand castle is home to extravagant furniture, artwork, tapestries, stained glass, china, clocks, sculptures, armor, and beautiful well-kept gardens.High Street
Tel: 01903 883136
Tel: 01903 882173
Fax: 01903 884581
Open: Apr 1 through Oct 31 noon – 5pm Sun – Fri, closed Saturdays and Good Friday.
Entrance Fee: Adults £7.50, Children £5.00, Seniors £6.50
The city of Bath is named after the Roman baths that are built over natural hot springs in the heart of the city in the 1st century AD. Although many of the baths are in ruins, you can still acquire an appreciation for Roman engineering. During the 17th and 18th century, Bath was considered a place to come to improve your health by bathing in the waters or drinking the waters. The rest of the city of Bath is also filled with wonderful Roman and Gothic architecture, and the streets are flooded with talented performers and artists. Fans of English writer Jane Austin will find a Jane Austin Center in the town. For a further dose of awesome sights, you can visit the Pulteney Bridge, Bath Abbey and the Royal Crescent.
The town of Canterbury offers a lot of charm and medieval sites. Its history is rich with stories and is the home of the famous Canterbury Cathedral. Some of the historical tales Canterbury Cathedral harbors include the tragedy of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (1125), who was murdered on the steps of the Cathedral. The enormous Gothic church was the historical center of Christianity for England throughout history, and it still stands as one of the oldest cities in Britain. The streets of the town are lined with historic buildings containing shops, pubs and vendors. Canterbury is a step back in time, and is worth the visit.First Church Gate
Tel: 01227 762862
Open: Easter through Sep 9am – 7pm daily, Oct through Easter 9am – 5pm Mon – Sat, 12:30 – 2:30pm and 4:30 – 5:30pm Sunday
Built beginning in 120 AD, this stone wall reaches from sea to sea across northern England for 73 miles. Emperor Hadrian commissioned the wall as a boundary of the Roman Empire. Forts were built at 5-mile intervals across the entire expanse. The wall is now owned by the National Trust, and is in still in mostly good condition.
You can see the wall from Bowness (around Carlisle) on the west to Wallsend (near Newcastle) in the east above the A69 and the B6318 roadways.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Christopher Wren’s answer to the influence of Roman architecture in London, this massive cathedral boasts some of the most beautifully extravagant architecture ever included in one building. Its dynamic acoustics make it a popular site for classical and choral music performances. The dome is one of the highest in the world, and other features include the Whispering Gallery, The Crypt, the West Front and Towers, and Choir Stalls. The ornate décor, paintings, carvings and stonework make St. Paul’s Cathedral a favorite among architects around the world.Ludgate Hill
Tel: 0171 2364128
Open: Mon – Sat 8:30am – 4:30pm, services on Sunday.
Entrance Fee: Adults £5.00, Children £2.50
Built in 3000 BC, Stonehenge is one of the most widely known and earliest prehistoric monuments in Europe. The mysterious boulders that are positioned in a circle are said to have been ritual grounds for the Druids who seemed to have some kind of cult obsession with stars and astronomy. But the stone monuments were built one thousand years before the Druids, and the stones come from regions other than Wiltshire, where Stonehenge is constructed.Off of A303
Tel: 01980 624715
Open: Apr through May, Sep: 9:30am – 6pm daily; Jun through Aug 9:30am – 7pm daily; Oct through Mar 9:30am – 4pm daily
The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table surrounds the ruins of this castle. Built around 1240 by Earl Richard of Cornwall, Tintagel Castle’s ruins sit atop a high slate cliff overlooking the ocean. The castle’s history dates back before medieval times, to the fifth century according to findings of Saxon and Norman pottery.
A beach lies at the foot of the castle, which gives entrance to Merlin’s Cave lying underneath the rock wall.High Street
Tel: 01840 770328
Open: daily, closed Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1
Tower of London
In the 11th century, William the Conqueror built a wooden fortress on this site to protect the entrance to London. Over the last 900 years other monarchies have added to its strength to give us the magnificent structure seen today. It has been a treasury, armory, and royal residency and has also been a prison for enemies of the crown. The Tower of London is filled with stories, legends, beautiful paintings and décor that are truly British. A full day is recommended to see the entire castle, the Crown Jewels, the spoken tours, Chapel of St. John, Queen’s House, the towers, Traitor’s Gate as well as the nearby Tower Bridge which is often confused with London Bridge.Tower Hill, London
Tel: 0171 709 0765
Open: Mar through Oct 9am – 6pm Mon – Sat, 10am – 6pm Sun; Nov through Feb 9am – 5pm Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm Sun
Seasonal Closure: Dec 25 – Jan 1
Warwick Castle (pronounced “warik”) is a beautifully preserved monument of British history. The castle has changed ownership many times throughout history and has been added to and fortified by many different leaders. Throughout history Warwick gradually changed from wood to stone to result in the structure we see today. The castle offers displays of armor, towers and ramparts, dungeons, Great Hall, State Rooms, Caesar’s Tower, gatehouse and more. This castle is definitely worth adding to your list of places to see.Warwick, Warwickshire
Tel: 0870 442 2000
Open: Apr 1 through Oct 31 10am – 6pm daily; Nov 1 through Mar 31 10am – 6pm daily, closed Christmas Day.
Entrance Fee: Adults £11.50, Children £6.50, Seniors £8.20, Students £8.60; group rates are also available.
Built by William the Conqueror in 1070 to protect the western side of London, Windsor Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited house of royalty in England. It still is used as an occasional residence to royalty including Queen Elizabeth II. The construction of the castle took place over many centuries. It was originally built of wood, but over the years has been added to and made stronger under several monarchies.Castle Hill, Berkshire
Tel: 01753 868286
Open: Apr through Oct 10am – 5:30pm daily; Nov through Mar 10am – 4:30pm
Seasonal Closure: Dec 25 – Jan 1
York Castle, also known as Clifford’s Tower, is one of the main attractions in York and dates back to the Roman times. The tower that still stands high on the hill is the keep of the castle, which used to surround it. Most of the rooms in the castle are ruins, but there are some interesting areas that are still standing. Clifford’s Tower is part of the York Castle Museum, which is at the foot of the hill, and is housed in what used to be 2 prisons. When visiting the Castle it is impossible to avoid the charm of the rest of the town, which has retained many of its medieval features. The protective wall that surrounds the town, the pubs, streets, markets and churches are reflective of the history of the city of York. It is important to also enjoy the city of York when visiting the castle, in order to get the full experience.Tower Street
York, North Yorkshire
Tel: 01904 653611
Open: Apr through Oct 9:30am – 5:30pm Mon – Sat, 10am – 5:30pm Sunday; Nov through Mar 9:30am – 4pm Mon – Sat, 10am – 4pm Sunday