Great Castle Venues From English Heritage - Membership
English Heritage Membership is delighted to confirm that you can still get 15 months of membership for the price of 12 months when you sign up to an Annual Direct Debit Membership. With this great offer, you can certify your free access to over 400 venues across the country until September of 2016. As up to six children can get free entry to these venues when accompanied by an adult member, an English Heritage Membership is fantastic value for money and a great way to entertain the family during the Summer Holidays. To view the full range of memberships available, please click here. Below we have picked out 5 great examples of Castle Venues to visit with the family, you can view the Top 10 Castles by clicking here.
1. DOVER CASTLE, KENT
Standing high above the White Cliffs, Dover Castle has guarded our shores for over 900 years. You won't need quite that long to explore, but our Facebook fans all agree that you need a whole day (maybe two) to uncover everything Dover has to offer, from meeting medieval royalty in the Great Tower to exploring deep underground in the Wartime Tunnels.
"Time travel castle! My imagination was sent into overdrive. Secret tunnels, medieval banquets, beautiful chapels all in one place."
"My favourite castle is Dover because we love pretending to be medieval knights and then straight onto secret WWII operations all in a day!"
"Eight hours of pure pleasure and not a minute unfilled. Best day ever for all ages. Not to be missed."
Visit Dover Castle
2. KENILWORTH CASTLE, WARWICKSHIRE
One of the most spectacular castle ruins in the country, Kenilworth is best known as the scene of a royal romance between Elizabeth I and her favourite Robert Dudley. It's that romance which has captured imaginations of our Facebook fans, as they explore the evocative ruins while the kids become 'king of the castle' for a day.
"You can lose yourself in your imagination, transporting yourself back in time - imagining the glitz and glamour of a queen's visit."
"I wonder what this was? What did that look like? I wonder if the Queen was the last person to look out of that window. So thought inspiring."
"Hours of things to see and do along with beautiful heritage for my children to learn from and admire."
Visit Kenilworth Castle
3. TINTAGEL CASTLE, CORNWALL
A place of mystery where the legend of King Arthur was born, it seems many visitors have been picturing themselves as a knight of the round table when exploring the ruins!
"My favourite castle is Tintagel Castle. The kids loved the walk up,the ruins. The King Arthur film was great, and also Merlin's Cave."
"Visited here as a child and was fascinated at the thought of being at Camelot! The epic walk up the old steps. I would love to take my family."
"I love the atmosphere at Tintagel. Whatever the weather, it never fails to disappoint. From paddling to exploring, it's got it all!"
Visit Tintagel Castle
4. CARISBROOKE CASTLE, ISLE OF WIGHT
This fairytale castle is perhaps most famous as the royal prison of Charles I, and the story of his failed escape - ending up with being wedged between the window bars - has intrigued many visitors! It's not just past residents that fascinate at Carisbrooke though; the famous donkeys who operate the tread wheel in the Elizabethan wheelhouse prove very popular!
"Our family had a brilliant day at this castle our little boy loved dressing up as a knight. We also really enjoyed seeing Jill the donkey."
"It has everything. Royalty tried to escape, royalty stayed there. It's mystical and yet solid. And it has donkeys!"
Visit Carisbrooke Castle
5. DUNSTANBURGH CASTLE, NORTHUMBERLAND
The dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh have witnessed plenty of action through the years, including fierce fighting during the Wars of the Roses. Now they stand on a remote headland, with beautiful views from the surrounding coastline.
"The coastal walk to the castle followed by the vast site to explore makes this one to return to over again. Atmospheric, stunning, a must!"
"A wonderful kipper lunch in Craster followed by a lovely walk along the coast to Dunstanburgh Castle, history and marvellous views. Perfect."
Visit Dunstanburgh Castle