Inspired by an off-the-cuff remark I made in another thread, I thought I would actually start this thread off.
Please share your favourite castle (or Mediaeval Abbey, Friary, or Priory), if possible with a picture and saying a little bit about it.
I will kick off with Corfe Castle. A picturesque ruin in Dorset (belonging to the National Trust), and as a bonus can be reached by steam train from Swanage with one of the finest 'railway views' in Britain! A good view from the castle as well
Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. It's the one in Chitty Chitty, and was the inspiration for Disney Magic Kingdom.
This is Butley Priory in Suffolk. The only building that remains of the Priory is this 12th century Gothic gatehouse. It has really beautiful flint work, with vaulted ceilings inside.
We discovered Butley Priory when it was featured on the Hotel Inspector. We stayed one weekend, got engaged, then went back and got married.
Can't resist posting this story about Friar Moustache too!
WoW, that sounds like and looks like a fairy tale. I love it. Thanks for sharing that. I’m obsessed about getting to where Byron once lived. In fact, you’ve inspired me, I’m going to make that a little reward, for achieving a mini goal related to one of my bigger goals. Thanks for that. I love Butley Priory as well now and I haven’t even been
@trainspotter love the journey Swanage to Corfe . Have had some fantastic holidays in that part of the world.
My favourite Abbey is St Albans I’m not religious but beautiful building.
As children we grew up in a deprived inner city area with no castles. However several Sundays a year, my father took the whole family to Roundhay park which was on a direct bus route and at the city edge. There I finally experienced some fresh air and my first castle. I must have visited this castle over 50 times in my childhood because we followed the same long routes through the park and woodlands.
Many years later I was reading a book about the park and discovered that this castle wasn't the medival relic that I had imagined. But in fact a 19th century folly. And the it had only existed as a partially built castle gate. And nothing else.
In my more recent travels I visited several castles, some are complete ruins and unsafe. The best value for money is the castle of the counts in the Belgium city of Gent. It has a long history and has been renovated gently to make it safe for tourists.
From the complete castle walls there are nice views of the city.
And also there are medieval toilets in the walls, where the excrement goes down the outside wall. On my visit there was a strong smell of urine near these places,. Obviously someone had been using them as was intended.
Predictably, my favourite is Cinderella's Castle in The Magic Kingdom.
And a close second is Leeds Castle
This is a difficult one as I have visited many beautiful castles, each with a wealth of fascinating history. However, I’d have to choose Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. This castle first appealed to me while I was reading a book about the romance between Queen Elizabeth the 1st and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (the castle was granted to Dudley by Elizabeth in 1563 and he hosted her and her entourage there when they were on progress). Previous owners also include John of Gaunt and Henry V. Despite now being in a semi ruined state, there remains a wealth of both medieval and Tudor architecture at Kenilworth. It also evoked for me intrigue at its fascinating history and inspired me to read/research more books detailing said history.