Broadcaster and historian Dan Snow shares his top picks for the best castles to visit near London. From world famous royal fortresses to nineteenth century historic houses made famous by TV, these brilliant bastions boast exceptional history.
A loop taking in three incredibly impressive fortresses which stand among the most impressive castles in England. There’s many a fine eatery around and for a simple stop on the way to Bodiam Castle, consider The Three Chimneys near Biddenden.
Take in one of the most famous castles in the UK along with a location now popularised by one of the most famous British TV dramas of modern times. Consider lunch at the Fox and Hounds in Theale.
Today you can explore a fortress which dates back to Roman times before taking in a hugely impressive castle which includes 40 acres of eye-catching grounds and gardens for a sunny day. The Black Horse in Binstead is a good option to think about for a spot of lunch.
On this trip out of the capital you’re heading for one of the country’s largest and most famous and best preserved castles before taking a short hop to contrast this with a picturesque castle ruin nearby. The Saxon Mill near Old Milverton is a good option to ponder for a food break.