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March 2020: West Norfolk

Welcome to West Norfolk, a truly special place of unspoilt charm and natural beauty, where tranquillity and relaxation are the order of the day.

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Though their military purpose is long redundant, Britain's Castles still stir the blood. They are history writ large: from Iron Age Maiden Castle through to more recent gems like Sir Walter Raleigh's fortified home in Sherborne, via Roman Burgh Castle and the many Norman survivals including the Tower of London and Edinburgh Castle. Many indeed are architectural histories in themselves, improved and altered through the generations. Now that so many come complete with requisite shop and activities - Alnwick is wonderful for its entertainment - kids love to visit them. But for romantics there are still out of the way wonders perched above rocks or on remote islands, far from any such commercial considerations: tell us about your favourite by voting in our poll.

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Current favourite British Castles

1: Windsor Castle (1713 votes) Windsor

2: Alnwick Castle (871 votes) Alnwick

3: Beaumaris Castle (821 votes) Beaumaris

4: Bodiam Castle (813 votes) Robertsbridge

5: Arundel Castle & Gardens (772 votes) Arundel

6: Bamburgh Castle (751 votes) Bamburgh

7: Corfe Castle (718 votes) Corfe Castle

8: Fort Grey (717 votes) St Peters

9: Cardiff Castle (717 votes) Cardiff

10: Muncaster Castle, Gardens & Owl Centre (712 votes) Ravenglass

11: Berkeley Castle (695 votes) Berkeley

12: Balmoral Castle & Grounds (693 votes) Ballater

13: Braemar Castle (692 votes) Braemar

14: Carisbrooke Castle (661 votes) Newport

15: Leeds Castle and Gardens (595 votes) Maidstone

16: Caernarfon Castle (585 votes) Caernarfon

17: Sudeley Castle & Gardens (555 votes) Winchcombe

18: Glamis Castle (434 votes) Forfar

19: Kenilworth Castle (434 votes) Kenilworth

20: Cyfarthfa Castle, Museum & Art Gallery (415 votes) Merthyr Tydfil

21: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens (356 votes) Dunvegan

22: Ludlow Castle (347 votes) Ludlow

23: Cawdor Castle (344 votes) Nairn

24: Chirk Castle (343 votes) Wrexham

25: Eastnor Castle (320 votes) Ledbury

26: Framlingham Castle (316 votes) Woodbridge

27: Warwick Castle (291 votes) Warwick

28: Edinburgh Castle (290 votes) Edinburgh

29: Hertford Castle (266 votes) Hertford

30: Dirleton Castle and Gardens (263 votes) North Berwick

31: Knaresborough Castle & Courthouse Museum (229 votes) Knaresborough

32: Sherborne Castle & Lakeside Gardens (226 votes) Sherborne

33: Tonbridge Castle (224 votes) Tonbridge

34: Totnes Castle (224 votes) Totnes

35: Castle Cornet (167 votes) St Peter Port

36: Caerlaverock Castle (154 votes) Dumfries

37: Powderham Castle (135 votes) Exeter

38: Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle (116 votes) Herstmonceux

39: Caerhays Castle & Gardens (94 votes) St Austell

40: Chiddingstone Castle (72 votes) Edenbridge

41: Castle Rushen (42 votes) Castletown

42: Chepstow Castle (32 votes) Chepstow

43: Mount Orgueil Castle (5 votes) Grouville

44: Craignethan Castle (4 votes) Lesmahagow

45: Upnor Castle (4 votes) Rochester

46: Deal Castle (4 votes) Deal

47: Lauriston Castle (4 votes) Edinburgh

48: Kellie Castle & Garden (4 votes) Pittenweem

49: Dolwyddelan Castle (4 votes) Dolwyddelan

50: Sandal Castle (4 votes) Wakefield

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51: White Castle (3 votes) Abergavenny

52: Ayton Castle (3 votes) Eyemouth

53: Blairquhan Castle (3 votes) Maybole

54: Kirby Muxloe Castle (3 votes) Leicester

55: Bolton Castle (3 votes) Leyburn

56: Llawhaden Castle (3 votes) Narberth

57: Caerphilly Castle (3 votes) Caerphilly

58: Flint Castle (3 votes) Flint

59: Dunrobin Castle & Gardens (3 votes) Golspie

60: Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle (3 votes) Ashby-de-la-Zouch

61: Kidwelly Castle (3 votes) Kidwelly

62: Grimsthorpe Castle (3 votes) Bourne

63: Torosay Castle (3 votes) Craignure

64: Bolsover Castle (3 votes) Bolsover

65: Clitheroe Castle Museum (3 votes) Clitheroe

66: New Tavern Fort (2 votes) Gravesend

67: Scarborough Castle (EH) (2 votes) Scarborough

68: Hadleigh Castle (2 votes) Hadleigh

69: Lindisfarne Castle (2 votes) Holy Island

70: Chillingham Castle (2 votes) Chillingham

71: Penrhyn Castle (2 votes) Bangor

72: Stirling Castle (2 votes) Stirling

73: Dartmouth Castle - English Heritage (2 votes) Dartmouth

74: Greenknowe Tower (2 votes) Gordon

75: Mont Orgueil Castle (2 votes) Gorey

76: Dover Castle and Secret Wartime Tunnels (2 votes) Dover

77: Coalhouse Fort (2 votes) Tilbury

78: Hever Castle and Gardens (2 votes) Edenbridge

79: Lulworth Castle (2 votes) Wareham

80: Powis Castle and Garden (2 votes) Welshpool

81: Tolquhon Castle (2 votes) Ellon

82: Fort Paull (2 votes) Hull

83: Newark Castle (2 votes) Newark

84: Berwick Castle (2 votes) Berwick-upon-Tweed

85: Enniskillen Castle (2 votes) Enniskillen

86: Linlithgow Palace (2 votes) Linlithgow

87: Pevensey Castle (2 votes) Pevensey

88: Craigston Castle (2 votes) Turriff

89: Shrewsbury Castle and Shropshire Regimental Museum (2 votes) Shrewsbury

90: Balvenie Castle (2 votes) Keith

91: Richmond Castle (EH) (2 votes) Richmond

92: Belfast Castle (2 votes) Belfast

93: Urquhart Castle (2 votes) Inverness

94: Dumbarton Castle (2 votes) Dumbarton

95: Helmsley Castle (2 votes) Helmsley

96: Ravenscraig Castle (2 votes) Kirkcaldy

97: Spynie Palace (2 votes) Elgin

98: Coity Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

99: Eynsford Castle (2 votes) Dartford

100: Greenhalgh Castle (2 votes) Garstang

101: Kinnersley Castle (2 votes) Kinnersley

102: Lunt Roman Fort (2 votes) Coventry

103: Acton Burnell Castle (2 votes) Shrewsbury

104: Prudhoe Castle (2 votes) Prudhoe

105: Cadzow Castle (2 votes) Hamilton

106: Fort Purbrook The Peter Ashley Activity Centre (2 votes) Portsmouth

107: Eye Castle (2 votes) Eye

108: Skenfrith Castle (2 votes) Abergavenny

109: Deddington Castle (2 votes) Banbury

110: Huntly Castle (2 votes) Huntly

111: Weeting Castle (2 votes) Brandon

112: Auchindoun Castle (2 votes) Dufftown

113: Mountfitchet Castle (2 votes) Stansted

114: Castle of St John (2 votes) Stranraer

115: Usk Castle (2 votes) Usk

116: Rowallan Castle (2 votes) Kilmarnock

117: Orford Castle (2 votes) Woodbridge

118: Brechin Castle Centre (2 votes) Brechin

119: St Andrews Castle and Visitor Centre (2 votes) St Andrews

120: Farleigh Hungerford Castle (2 votes) Bath

121: Elcho Castle (2 votes) Rhynd

122: Raglan Castle (2 votes) Usk

123: Keep Military Museum (2 votes) Dorchester

124: Carreg Cennen Castle (2 votes) Llandeilo

125: Lincoln Castle (2 votes) Lincoln

126: Muness Castle (2 votes) Unst

127: Newhaven Fort (2 votes) Newhaven

128: Christchurch Castle (2 votes) Christchurch

129: Caldicot Castle and Country Park (2 votes) Caldicot

130: Drummond Castle Gardens (2 votes) Crieff

131: Broughton Castle (2 votes) Banbury

132: Barnard Castle (2 votes) Barnard Castle

133: Rothesay Castle (2 votes) Rothesay

134: Stormont (2 votes) Belfast

135: Dunnottar Castle (2 votes) Stonehaven

136: Craigievar Castle (2 votes) Alford

137: Elizabeth Castle (2 votes) St Helier

138: Goodrich Castle (2 votes) Ross-on-Wye

139: Bridgnorth Castle (ruin) (2 votes) Bridgnorth

140: St Briavel's Castle (2 votes) Lydney

141: Conwy Castle (2 votes) Conwy

142: Dunster Castle (2 votes) Dunster

143: Abernethy Round Tower (2 votes) Abernethy

144: Fort Charlotte (2 votes) Lerwick

145: Langley Castle (2 votes) Hexham

146: MacLellan's Castle (2 votes) Kirkcudbright

147: Ardblair Castle (2 votes) Blairgowrie

148: Rayleigh Mount (2 votes) Rayleigh

149: Carsluith Castle (2 votes) Creetown

150: Inveraray Castle (2 votes) Inveraray

151: Blackness Castle (2 votes) Linlithgow

152: Ludgershall Castle and Cross (2 votes) Ludgershall

153: Picton Castle (2 votes) Haverfordwest

154: Calshot Castle (2 votes) Southampton

155: Croft Castle (2 votes) Leominster

156: Lochleven Castle (2 votes) Kinross

157: New Buckenham Castle (2 votes) Norwich

158: Bayards Cove Fort (2 votes) Dartmouth

159: Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate (2 votes) Banchory

160: Scalloway Castle (2 votes) Scalloway

161: St Catherine's Castle (2 votes) Fowey

162: Corgarff Castle (2 votes) Corgarff

163: Rockingham Castle (2 votes) Market Harborough

164: York Castle Museum (2 votes) York

165: Thirlestane Castle (2 votes) Lauder

166: Manorbier Castle (2 votes) Tenby

167: Restormel Castle (2 votes) Lostwithiel

168: Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort (2 votes) Crymych

169: Hedingham Castle (2 votes) Halstead

170: Tutbury Castle (2 votes) Burton upon Trent

171: Wolvesey Castle (2 votes) Winchester

172: Noltland Castle (2 votes) Westray

173: Nunney Castle (2 votes) Frome

174: Southsea Castle (2 votes) Portsmouth

175: Neidpath Castle (2 votes) Peebles

176: Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel (2 votes) Oban

177: Pembroke Castle (2 votes) Pembroke

178: St Mawes Castle (2 votes) Truro

179: Cholmondeley Castle Garden (2 votes) Malpas

180: Craigmillar Castle (2 votes) Edinburgh

181: Middleham Castle (2 votes) Leyburn

182: Rhuddlan Castle (2 votes) Rhyl

183: Castle Acre Castle (2 votes) Kings Lynn

184: Tynemouth Castle and Priory (2 votes) Tynemouth

185: Kelburn Castle and Country Centre (2 votes) Fairlie

186: Harwich Redoubt Fort (2 votes) Harwich

187: Nottingham Castle (2 votes) Nottingham

188: Ogmore Castle (2 votes) Bridgend

189: Bolebroke Castle (2 votes) Hartfield

190: Portchester Castle (2 votes) Fareham

191: Fort George (1 vote) Inverness

192: Beeston Castle (1 vote) Tarporley

193: Dunstanburgh Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

194: Druchtag Motte (1 vote) Mochrum

195: Housesteads Roman Fort (1 vote) Hexham

196: Raby Castle (1 vote) Darlington

197: Stafford Castle & Visitor Centre (1 vote) Stafford

198: Aydon Castle (1 vote) Corbridge

199: Richborough Roman Fort (1 vote) Sandwich

200: Castle Campbell and Garden (1 vote) Dollar

201: Clackmannan Tower (1 vote) Clackmannan

202: Hastings Castle and 1066 Story (1 vote) Hastings

203: Okehampton Castle (1 vote) Okehampton

204: Bothwell Castle (1 vote) Uddingston

205: Spofforth Castle (EH) (1 vote) Harrogate

206: Carew Castle & Tidal Mill (1 vote) Carew

207: Etal Castle (1 vote) Cornhill-on-Tweed

208: King Charles Castle (1 vote) Tresco

209: Cardoness Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

210: Wigmore Castle (ruin) (1 vote) Leominster

211: Burleigh Castle (1 vote) Milnathort

212: Chipchase Castle (1 vote) Hexham

213: Drum Castle (1 vote) Banchory

214: Drumcoltran Tower (1 vote) Dalbeattie

215: Huntingtower Castle (1 vote) Perth

216: Ripley Castle & Gardens (1 vote) Harrogate

217: Stokesay Castle (1 vote) Craven Arms

218: Portland Castle - English Heritage (1 vote) Portland

219: Lochranza Castle (1 vote) Lochranza

220: Hailes Castle (1 vote) East Linton

221: Moreton Corbet Castle (1 vote) Newport

222: Castle Keep (1 vote) Newcastle upon Tyne

223: Old Wardour Castle (1 vote) Salisbury

224: Bowes Castle (1 vote) Barnard Castle

225: Lancaster Castle (1 vote) Lancaster

226: Upton Castle Gardens (1 vote) Cosheston

227: Kilchurn Castle (1 vote) Dalmally

228: Delgatie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

229: Morton Castle (1 vote) Morton

230: Newark Castle (1 vote) Port Glasgow

231: Berwick-upon-Tweed Ramparts (1 vote) Berwick-upon-Tweed

232: Yarmouth Castle (1 vote) Yarmouth

233: Edlingham Castle (1 vote) Alnwick

234: Duffus Castle (1 vote) Elgin

235: Peveril Castle (1 vote) Hope Valley

236: Tantallon Castle (1 vote) North Berwick

237: Criccieth Castle (1 vote) Criccieth

238: Pendennis Castle - English Heritage (1 vote) Falmouth

239: Rochester Castle (1 vote) Rochester

240: Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

241: Castle Fraser (1 vote) Inverurie

242: Hemyock Castle (1 vote) Cullompton

243: Conisbrough Castle (1 vote) Doncaster

244: Lydford Castle, Banks and Fort (1 vote) Okehampton

245: Skipsea Castle (EH) (1 vote) Driffield

246: Edzell Castle and Garden (1 vote) Forfar

247: Fyvie Castle (1 vote) Turriff

248: Hurst Castle (1 vote) Lymington

249: Colchester Castle Museum (1 vote) Colchester

250: Loch Leven Castle (1 vote) Kinross

251: Pickering Castle (1 vote) Pickering

252: Tattershall Castle (1 vote) Lincoln

253: Crichton Castle (1 vote) Pathhead

254: Balvaird Castle (1 vote) Glen Farg

255: Fonmon Castle (1 vote) Barry

256: Loch Doon Castle (1 vote) Dalmellington

257: Needles Old Battery (1 vote) Alum Bay

258: Castle Rising Castle (1 vote) Kings Lynn

259: Wallingford Castle Gardens (1 vote) Wallingford

260: Skipton Castle (1 vote) Skipton

261: Hermitage Castle (1 vote) Hawick

262: Oxwich Castle (1 vote) Swansea

263: Strome Castle (1 vote) Lochcarron

264: Castell Coch (1 vote) Cardiff

265: Tretower Court and Castle (1 vote) Crickhowell

266: Dolbadarn Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

267: Guildford Castle (1 vote) Guildford

268: Norham Castle (1 vote) Berwick-upon-Tweed

269: Sorn Castle and Garden (1 vote) Mauchline

270: Cilgerran Castle (1 vote) Cardigan

271: Elcho Castle (1 vote) Perth

272: Royal Citadel (1 vote) Plymouth

273: Royal Dundonald Castle (1 vote) Kilmarnock

274: Walmer Castle and Gardens (1 vote) Deal

275: Peel Castle (1 vote) Peel

276: Bryn Bras Castle (1 vote) Caernarfon

277: Colchester Castle (1 vote) Colchester

278: Old Sarum Castle - English Heritage (1 vote) Salisbury

279: Laugharne Castle (1 vote) Carmarthen

280: Eilean Donan Castle (1 vote) Kyle of Lochalsh

281: Castle of Old Wick (1 vote) Wick

282: Harlech Castle (1 vote) Harlech

283: Clifford's Tower (1 vote) York

284: Carlisle Castle (1 vote) Carlisle

285: Pontefract Castle (1 vote) Pontefract

286: Camber Castle (1 vote) Rye

287: Tilbury Fort (1 vote) Tilbury

288: Cromwell's Castle (1 vote) Tresco

289: Fort Brockhurst (1 vote) Gosport

290: Lochmaben Castle (1 vote) Lochmaben

291: New Castle (1 vote) Bridgend

292: Chesters Roman Fort (Cilurnum) Hadrian's Wall (1 vote) Hexham

293: Warkworth Castle (1 vote) Morpeth

294: Highcliffe Castle (1 vote) Highcliffe

295: Scotstarvit Tower (1 vote) Cupar

296: Lewes Castle, Barbican House Museum (1 vote) Lewes

297: Kisimul Castle (1 vote) Isle of Barra

298: Launceston Castle (1 vote) Launceston

299: Auckland Castle (1 vote) Bishop Auckland

300: Doune Castle (1 vote) Doune

301: Brodie Castle (1 vote) Forres

302: Duart Castle (1 vote) Craignure

303: Orchardton Tower (1 vote) Castle Douglas

304: Balgonie Castle Enterprises (1 vote) Glenrothes

305: Brougham Castle (1 vote) Penrith

306: Inverlochy Castle (1 vote) Fort William

307: Kildrummy Castle (1 vote) Alford

308: Lullingstone Castle (1 vote) Dartford

309: Threave Castle (1 vote) Castle Douglas

310: Crownhill Fort (1 vote) Plymouth

311: Broughty Castle Museum (1 vote) Broughty Ferry

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