Top 10 British castles you can stay in

Live like a royal this summer with a stay in one of the UK and Ireland's finest strongholds.

Published: September 4th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

A sprawling, stunning property built in the 18th century, Bovey lies in the heart of Dartmoor national park, where manicured lawns and expansive lakes meet rugged wildnerness. Stay in one of the castle's top quality suites, or try one of the stylish, contemporary country oak lodges dotted around the grounds.


From £159 p/rm p/night

2. Ruthin Castle, Denbighshire, Wales

Join a long line of Kings and Queens who have spent the night at this charming Welsh castle, which folklore claims was once frequented by King Arthur and his mistress. It has a fascinating history dating back to 1277, and today offers a range of suites named after famous past occupants - top price will let you share the former bed of the Prince of Wales!

From £135 p/rm p/night

3. Glenborrodale Castle, Acharacle, Scotland

Situated in the stunning Ardnamurchan Peninsula, with its rugged coastline and white sandy beaches, Glenborrodale promises a magical trip. The West Highlands castle is only available on an exclusive-use basis, so if you're planning a big group trip and want to go the extra mile, this Scottish stronghold is ideal. Excellent dining and a variety of exciting excursions are available.

Prices on request - only available for exclusive hire

4. Swinton Park, Yorkshire

Set in 200 acres of parkland and gardens, guests at Swinton Park have more than enough space to enjoy the rivers, reservoirs, moorland, dales and beautiful Yorkshire countryside which surround it. Lavishly furnished, it combines the traditional warmth of a family home with all the modern creature comforts of a contemporary hotel.

From £160 p/rm p/night

5. Augill Castle, Cumbria

Get the comforts of a castle without the pretention - at this small fortress between the Lake District & Yorkshire Dales, 'anything goes ... except hushed tones and false formality.' Not a place for taking yourself or life too seriously, it is run in a modern, informal style but with all the charm and character of a castle!

From £170 p/rm p/night

6. Ashfor Castle, County Mayo, Ireland

Founded by the de Burgo family in 1228, Ashford has seen all manner of defensive battles and family fueds in its time, but today peace reigns. Don't worry though, there's no chance of getting bored at this 5-star hotel; they offer everything from horse riding and falconry to kayaking and waterskiing.

From £150 p/rm p/night

7. Bath Lodge Castle, Bath

Old meets new inside this cosy mini castle, which has the feel of a country cottage but with a fresh, open atmosphere. Located just six miles from Bath and set in 3.5 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with a woodland and stream, you can also enjoy their excellent restaurant which serves up dishes using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients.

From £130 p/rm p/night

8. Langley Castle, Northumberland

A fourteenth century fortified castle nestled in the South Tyne, Langley is perfect for a romantic get away - 7-foot thick walls stand between you and the bustle of the outside world. One of the few medieval fortified castle hotels in England, guests can explore its ten acre woodland estate before relaxing in one of their deluxe rooms.

From £119 p/rm p/night

9. Lumley Castle, County Durham

Originally a 14th century castle standing four square against the winds, Lumley Castle offers a haven of peace and tranquility from the stresses and strains of the outside world. The castle describes itself as 'no ordinary hotel' and has every justification for doing so. In terms of quality standards and entertainment, it really is something else.

From £65 p/rm p/night

10. Thornbury Castle, South Gloucestershire

Just north of Bristol sits this fifteenth century Tudor house, which some believe was built by the Duke of Buckingham to challenge the authority of Henry VIII - whatever his real intent, Henry had the Duke's head chopped off for it! Today it offers fine dining options and deluxe accommodation - one of its rooms contains what is thought to be England’s widest four-poster bed, measuring 10-ft across.

From £125 p/rm p/night

11. Adare Manor, Limerick, Ireland

Although not technically a castle, this luxurious 5-star manor house hotel is too good not to sneak into the list at number 11. As well as a spa and top quality dining, you can try a huge number of activities including golf, fishing, swimming, hot-air ballooning, archery and clay-pigeon shooting. If you want a taste of royal life, there are few better spots than this.


From £372 p/rm p/night


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