Windsor Castle, just outside of London, is Her Majesty the Queen’s official residence and the oldest inhabited castle in the world. If you are visiting when the Queen is in residence you may get to see the spectacular ‘changing of the guard’. Dover Castle, on the southeast coast, a medieval fortress, sitting on the famous ‘white cliffs’, has its own secret wartime tunnels. Take a guided tour through these magnificent tunnels whilst being told of its history right back to 1160 when it was first built. Lesser known Castle Howard in York, northern England, lies in a spectacular 1000 acres setting between two lakes and has some of the prettiest landscaped gardens with fountains and statues.
Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII second wife is situated in Kent ‘The Garden of England’, Hever certainly lives up to this with its beautiful English rose garden. Two of the prettiest castles in England can also be found in the Southeast part of Engalnd: Arundle Castle remains a family home but is open to visitors whilst Leeds Castle (not in the Yorkshire town of Leeds, but near Maidstone in Kent) has a beautiful lake and maze.
The glorious South West (Devon and Cornwall) deserve a mention, here you will find some of the most extraordinary moats and castles. Like Nunney Castle in Somerset, picturesque and surrounded by water. Dartmouth Castle is absolutely breath-taking, if you're active enough to climb to the top you will be rewarded with stunning views of the estuary.