The UK is known for its magnificent castles and sprawling estates. There are too many to possibly list here, but we will start with our top 7!
Highclere Castle, Newbury, England
Highclere is still the working home of the Earl of Carnarvon and family, and doubles as the famous Downton Abbey! The castle also has special ties to Canada. The 4th Earl of Carnarvon had extensive correspondence with the first prime minister of Canada, and the Earl was the man who took the British North America Act to Parliament in 1867 which led to the founding of Canada. Records of this were discovered within Highclere Castle.
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England
Chatsworth boasts not only an impressive estate house but also gardens and stunning scenery. You may recognize it as Pemberley; Mr. Darcy’s home in the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice. The estate has history dating back to the 16th century, but it is also fully immersed in the modern era with its movie nights, food fairs and more!
Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland
The trip alone to Eilean Donan castle is worth the beautiful views of the Scottish Highlands. This 13th century castle is surrounded by water, situated where 3 different lochs (lakes) meet. The castle is open to visitors most of the year. Bus tours visit the castle leaving from Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow, so even if you don’t have a car, you can get there via train and bus!
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located on the Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle sits high over the city. The impressive castle dates from the 12-century at its earliest beginnings, and now contains much military, political, religious, royal and cultural history to explore. If visiting the beautiful city of Edinburgh, we highly recommend a visit to Edinburgh Castle! Plus, you can see over the entire city from the castle’s great heights!
Leeds Castle, Kent, England
Leeds Castle has been dubbed ‘the loveliest castle in the world’. This castle covers medieval and modern history in its 900-year span. A unique feature of this castle is its well-preserved apartments that belonged to a wealthy Anglo-American heiress in the roaring 1920s. The castle also has a maze and grotto in its parkland that visitors can explore, as well as falconry and punting in the moat when the weather is nice!
Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Elizabeth II spends much of her time at this royal residence in Berkshire. Windsor Castle is grand in everything it does, from the State Rooms to the Long Walk path, as well as St George’s Chapel. Notable figures buried at the chapel include King Henry VIII, King Charles I, as well as 10 other monarchs of Britain. Windsor Castle is not far from London, and has stood in its present spot since the late 11th century.
Conwy Castle, Conwy, Wales
Wales has one of the highest number of castles per square mile in the world. Conwy Castle is a shining example of a medieval fortification. The fortress walls are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Wales. It was built for Edward I and is not only structurally impressive but has views of the sea and the mountains that surround it!
If you would like to find out more about studying in the UK to get up close to these wonderful castles and estates, please contact one of our Advisors!