London has an incredible 2,000 year history, but Britain’s history as a whole is filled with thousands more years of battles, dynasties, monarchs and invaders.
Some of the last remaining reminders of this turbulent and fascinating medieval realm are the stunning and mystical castles that have stood the test of time.
Some of the world’s most stunning castles can be found in the UK, and many of the most impressive can be visited with ease from The Montcalm Club hotels in the city centre.
Here are the best great British castles you can visit from London.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is perhaps the most iconic castle in the country- and you don’t even have to leave London!
Built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has served as a royal palace, a prison, and a treasury. Throughout history, it witnessed various important events such as the execution of Anne Boleyn and the imprisonment of Sir Walter Raleigh.
It now houses the Crown Jewels and serves as a popular tourist attraction.
Located in the county of Berkshire, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world.
It was also built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and has been the residence of British monarchs for over 900 years. Windsor Castle is often used for ceremonial and state occasions, and remains an icon for Britain and its Monarchy.
Rather confusingly Leeds Castle is located in Kent, about an hour’s drive from London.
It’s known as the “loveliest castle in the world” and is truly worth a visit.
Dating back to the 12th century, it has a fascinating history and has been owned by royalty, including King Edward I and Henry VIII. The castle’s picturesque setting on an island surrounded by a lake adds to its mystical charm.
Located in Kent, Dover Castle has played a significant role in English history due to its strategic location overlooking the English Channel.
Dating back to the 11th century, it has served as a defensive stronghold and played a vital role during various conflicts, including the Napoleonic Wars and World War II.
Today, visitors can explore its extensive tunnels buried within the white cliffs, and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
Situated in West Sussex, Arundel Castle is a grand medieval castle that has been the ancestral seat of the Duke of Norfolk for over 850 years.
Built at the end of the 11th century, it underwent numerous expansions and renovations and is a glorious example of medieval architecture.
The castle is known for its impressive structure, stunning gardens, and an extensive collection of art and furniture.
So there you have it, some of the most fascinating and beautiful castles in the world- all within easy reach of the city!
Make the most of your fantastic London hotels special offers in a Montcalm hotel and explore Britain’s history then head home to your hotel with the finest West End restaurant in the city for a spot of dinner!