"The dramatic ruins of Scarborough Castle have survived 2,500 years of Roman rule"

CARLISLE CASTLE

With both Henry I (who began building it in the 12th century) and David I of Scotland having a hand in its creation - this castle has had a turbulent Anglo-Scottish history! From Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite Rising to Civil War sieges, it's seen it all.

Info: english-heritage.org.uk

Go by train: Carlisle

CLIFFORD TOWER

After several wooden castles were built on the site (the first by William the Conqueror in 1086), Henry III had a permanent stone castle constructed in 1270. The tower's name is due to the fact that Roger de Clifford was executed here for treason in 1322.

Info: english-heritage.org.uk

Go by train: York

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Another castle in which David I of Scotland had a hand (he started work around 1130), the history here is immense. Captured by the English, recaptured by the Scots, captured again... you get the picture.

Info: edinburghcastle.gov.uk

Go by train: Edinburgh

LANCASTER CASTLE

Built upon the site of Roman forts, Lancaster Castle is made up of a group of historic buildings that include the 12th-century keep, the 14th-century Witches' Tower, the 15th-century gatehouse and the female prison.

Info: lancastercastle.com

Go by train: Lancaster

SCARBOROUGH CASTLE

The dramatic ruins of Scarborough Castle have survived 2,500 years of Roman rule, the Vikings and even attack during World War II. The views across the town and the North Sea are spectacular.

Info: english-heritage.org.uk
0172 337 2451

Go by train: Scarborough

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