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Castles

On your stay at Studley Castle why not explore a Castle.

Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth, Warwickshire ruined remains of a medieval castle / palace fortress, Kenilworth was actually founded around 1120. In the centuries that followed, vast sums of money were spent to transform the medieval castle into a palace fortress. In 1649, Kenilworth was partly destroyed and the moat drained by Parliamentary forces to prevent it being used as a military stronghold again. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.

Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire

Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire

Impressive remains of large medieval castle, Built after the Norman Conquest of England in 1068, Rebuilt in stone in the 12th century and fortified further during the Hundred Years War. In 1604 James I granted the castle to Sir Fulke Greville, who lavished vast sums of money on modernising the castle and to create a comfortable country house from the crumbling ruins of the medieval fortress. It was owned by the Greville family until 1978 when it was bought by the Tussauds Group. The castle is now operated by Merlin Entertainments Group. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.

Brinklow Castle, Brinklow, Warwickshire

Brinklow Castle, Brinklow, Warwickshire

Earthworks of an 11th century Norman motte and bailey castle, earthworks of a grand 11th century Norman motte and bailey castle. Free open access at any reasonable time.

Lilbourne Castle, Lilbourne, Northamptonshire

Lilbourne Castle, Lilbourne, Northamptonshire

Earthworks of a small Norman motte and bailey castle. Visible from the M1 / M6 interchange, the remains of this Norman motte and bailey castle lie to the east of the local All Saints Church. Free open access at any reasonable time.

Hartshill Castle, Warwickshire

Hartshill Castle, Warwickshire

Remains of 12th century motte with ruins of 14th century curtain wall, It was rebuilt in stone by John de Hardreshull in 1330. Henry Tudor, soon to be King Henry VII, is said to have stayed at Hartshill before the Battle of Bosworth during which he took the Crown of England. A more comfortable timber-framed Tudor manor house was added within the castle walls by the Parker family during the 16th century. On privately owned land with no public access, although can be viewed from nearby footpath and road.

Tamworth Castle, Tamworth, Staffordshire

Tamworth Castle, Tamworth, Staffordshire

Well preserved Norman motte and bailey castle, dateing from the 11th century. During the English Civil War, the castle was captured by parliamentary forces after a brief siege. Between the 17th and 19th centuries, the castle had several different owners before being bought at auction by Tamworth Corporation. It opened as a museum in 1899. Restricted summer opening times and entrance charges apply.

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