Dazzling French Castles

Château de Villandry

This renaissance palace is feted for its majestic formal gardens. These are arranged across four terraces and were restored in the early-20th century by Joachim Carvallo with the help of texts from the 1300s. Each has a different theme. There’s a sun garden, water garden, ornamental garden and a decorative vegetable garden, where the patches have been fashioned into neat squares and crosses. All four will amaze you for their extravagance, scale and precision, even if gardens aren’t your thing. The castle is in the classic Loire style with mansard roofs and 18th-century interiors.

Château de Chantilly

Château de Chantilly makes an easy getaway from Paris, and yet relatively few make the trip. Those who do are rewarded with a magnificent scene as they enter the castle grounds. The gardens are a work of art, comprising of lakes, canals, wooded areas and manicured lawns. Indeed, the gardens are worth the trip in their own right and should be appreciated at leisure. Take your time to discover the different areas, each with its own distinct theme. From the Anglo-Chinese garden with its rustic houses to the romantic English garden, there’s plenty to keep you amused for hours.

Elegant Castles to Visit in the UK

Tower of London

Although the castle’s official name is Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, the royal family has not used the Tower as a residence since the Tudor period. The castle has been a popular tourist destination since that time, attracting visitors. They come to see the castle’s menagerie, its amazing displays of armoury and the nation’s Crown Jewels.

Arundel Castle

The structure underwent many renovations over the centuries, and in the 19th century, the 15th Duke of Norfolk completed a long restoration project. Today, the estate’s 14th-century chapel, its exquisite gardens and many of the castle’s breathtaking rooms are open to the public.

Bamburgh Castle

Situated on the shore of England’s northeast county of Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle stands on an outcrop of volcanic stone along the coastline. With origins that date back as far as the 3rd or 4th century, Bamburgh Castle may have been the capital of the kingdom, ruled by the native Britons, known as Din Guarie. The core of the present castle was built by the Normans in the 11th century.

The Types of Castles, That You Should Know

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    Motte-and-Bailey

    Motte-and-Bailey style castles are an interesting part of history. Many ideas that are closely associated with medieval castles are represented here. For example, on the other side of the fence, there were deep ditches, and a bridge would need to be lowered to grant entry into the Bailey.

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    Victorian Castle

    When you think of posh castles owned by the royal families of the world, these Victorian castles will be what springs to mind. These castles are made to be very indulgent and beautiful. Their aesthetic appeal is undeniable, and you can see the upgrades to the design philosophies in these castles when compared to their more antiquated cousins.

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    Royal Palace

    Royal palaces are a bit different from traditional castles, but people do closely associate the two. Sometimes these royal living spaces would be meant for pleasure. Other times the royal palaces would be the centres of government in a particular area.

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