Once upon a time there was a princess who lived in a castle and let her hair down to a prince. Unfortunately we don't all have Rapunzel's hair to find a charming prince. Young or old when you think about castles you are sure to be overwhelmed with childhood memories of princes and princesses, dragons and swords and their fairy tale adventures. In reality castles housed Royalty and were a well fought for possession throughout history. Today many are open to the public, so you can relive those childhood dreams. At Auto Europe we love making dreams come true so this driving route takes in some of the United Kingdom's finest castles.
London - Framligham Castle - Dunstanburgh Castle - Edinburgh Castle - Beeston Castle - Kenilworth Castle - Cardiff Castle - Windsor Castle - London
Departing London, our adventure takes us north through Suffolk to Framligham Castle, a 12th century fortress with a vivid past. It is here that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England. Climb the castle walls that stand 10.5 meters high with the oldest surviving 12th century chimneys in England.
A long journey north today passing through York, Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne, Dunstanburgh Castle is today's stop of choice. Located on the coast of Northumberland this 14th century fortification was built by the Earl of Lancaster between 1313 and 1322. The Earl was a member of a faction who was opposed to King Edward II and it is thought this would be his shelter should something go wrong. The wave battered coastlines and awe-inspiring walk along the coast should not be missed while visiting this historic site.
Leaving Dunstanburgh Castle behind, continue north into Scotland towards the mighty Edinburgh Castle. The magnificent castle has shaped Scotland's history, once a place of royalty with endless battles and sieges marking its long history. View the Scottish Crown Jewels or pay your respects at the National War Museum. If you are there at the correct time, experience the breathtaking Edinburgh Military Tattoo an international spectacle of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre.
Say 'Auld Lang Syne' to Scotland and pass Manchester on path for Beeston Castle. A former royal castle in Cheshire, perched on a rocky mount 350 feet above the Cheshire Plain. Built by the 6th Earl of Chester upon his return from the Crusades, there is a surplus of things to see and do. Discover the history of the castle at one of the exhibitions or walk the surrounding parks and woodlands to step back to nature.
Charging forward on our mighty battle, Kenilworth Castle was built to 'woo' Queen Elizabeth I. Throughout the castles life it has served as a medieval fortress through to an Elizabethan Palace and as such the history overflows the castle walls. The Elizabethan Garden allows you to walk in the great footsteps of royalty or indulge in a tea in the old Tudor style wooden stables.
Crossing into Wales, Cardiff Castle is located in the city centre of Cardiff and was constructed in the late 11th Century by Norman invaders. It was well fought for between the Anglo-Normans and the Welsh. The large castle grounds feature gothic styles with the Norman Keep, the Trebuchet, which is one of the deadliest military machines of its time and the spiral staircase and rooms of the Clock Tower.
Windsor Castle in London is our final stop in this spectacular drive. The oldest and longest occupied castle in the United Kingdom, it is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen who frequents the castle on weekends and over Easter. St George's Chapel is the place of worship at the royal castle and is open for private reflection and tours. The semi-state apartments built for George IV are open certain times of the year and are the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle. They are used by the Queen for official events and hosting. While in London, be sure to visit Buckingham Palace and The Tower of London to round off your historic journey around the United Kingdom.
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