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Top 5 Most Beautiful Castles In Britain

In a break with ‘strictly’ royal content, we decided to present you with the 5 most beautiful British castles and aristocratic residences.

There is no doubt that Britain’s history means it has some of the most fantastic residences in the world. We have decided, in a break with ‘strictly royal’ content, we’d provide you all with a list of 5 of the most beautiful castles in England.

Hope you enjoy!

Blenheim Palace

This is one of England’s largest residences, larger than Buckingham Palace, it was used in the film ‘Young Victoria’ because it bears similarity to Buckingham Palace.

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Highclere Castle

This castle will be very familiar to anyone who watches ITV’s period costume drama Downton Abbey. This almost iconic building is the family seat of the Earl and Countess of Caernarfon.

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Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock Castle, now a part of ‘Historic Scotland’, is a stunning Scottish castle, formerly belonging to the Earls of Nithsdale. It is technically a castle ruin and has been since the 17th century, but its moat makes it one of the most stunning castles in Britain.

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photo credit: paul.mcgreevy via photopin cc

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle is a 14th century moated castle,  built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, with the permission of Richard II, ostensibly to defend the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years’ War.

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photo credit: Etrusia UK via photopin cc

Balmoral Castle

The Queen’s personal residence in Scotland, Balmoral Castle, was bought for Queen Victoria and renovated by Prince Albert into what we see today. The Queen travels to Balmoral every summer where she stays for around 6 weeks. It remains one of Her Majesty’s favourite residences.

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photo credit: Beth M527 via photopin cc

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