A tour of Carreg Cennen Castle, Carmarthenshire

(View of the outer and inner ward from the south-east) Carreg Cennen Castle has a stunning location, situated as it is on top of a limestone precipice, in a beautiful area close to the western boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park in south Wales. Before taking you on a tour of the castle, I will begin by providing a brief overviewContinue reading “A tour of Carreg Cennen Castle, Carmarthenshire”

A tour of Corfe Castle, Dorset

My next tour of a historical site is stunning Corfe Castle in Dorset, which has a fantastic setting in the Purbeck Hills. I often visited the place as a child, and it shaped my perception of the ideal castle. The thing I love most about Corfe is the strange shape of the ruins, with wallsContinue reading “A tour of Corfe Castle, Dorset”

A tour of Okehampton Castle, Devon

Okehampton has the distinction of being the largest castle in Devon and there is plenty to explore onsite. Before proceeding on our tour, I will begin with a brief overview of its history. Okehampton was founded in the late eleventh century after the Norman Conquest by Baldwin de Brionne as a motte and bailey castle withContinue reading “A tour of Okehampton Castle, Devon”

A tour of Aberystwyth Castle, Ceredigion

The shattered remnants of Aberystwyth Castle give some idea of the splendour of this once mighty castle. Although overshadowed by its far better known contemporaries, such as Caernarfon, it is still an interesting site. Before taking you on a tour of the castle, I will begin with a brief overview of its history. Aberystwyth wasContinue reading “A tour of Aberystwyth Castle, Ceredigion”

A tour of Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire

Ashby de la Zouch is a fine example of a late medieval castle but is perhaps best known for its association with Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Ivanhoe. Before taking you on a tour of the castle, I will begin with a brief overview of its history. Ashby de la Zouch began its existence as aContinue reading “A tour of Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire”

A tour of Denbigh Castle, Denbighshire

Denbigh Castle is without a doubt the finest magnate castle in north Wales and well worth a visit. It is situated in a prominent position overlooking the surrounding town and, despite its ruined state, still has an impressive appearance. Its highlights include the splendid triple-towered Great Gatehouse and Great Kitchen Tower. Before taking you on aContinue reading “A tour of Denbigh Castle, Denbighshire”

A tour of Flint Castle, Flintshire

(View from the south-east) Flint Castle, the first of the great Edwardian castles to be built in north Wales, is situated on the estuary of the river Dee on a rocky outcrop. Its remains are less impressive than some of the other royal castles constructed in this Wales in this period, such as Conwy andContinue reading “A tour of Flint Castle, Flintshire”

A tour of St Mary the Virgin, Iffley, Oxford

This blog post is on the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Iffley in Oxford, quite possibly the finest Romanesque parish church in all of England. The building dates from the late twelfth century and has been subject to remarkably little change. The west facade of the church is quite simply breath-taking, with beautiful rowsContinue reading “A tour of St Mary the Virgin, Iffley, Oxford”

A tour of the Medieval Defences of Southampton

Southampton in Hampshire is often overlooked as a heritage destination. This is perhaps understandable as it is a large and busy port, with the beautiful cathedral city of Winchester only a short distance away. Yet Southampton is fortunate enough to possess some of the best surviving urban medieval fortifications in England. This was due toContinue reading “A tour of the Medieval Defences of Southampton”

A tour of Launceston Castle, Cornwall

The modern-day town of Launceston is dominated by the remains of the castle that towers over it. Located close to the River Tamar, the border with Devon, Launceston’s strategic importance has meant that it played an important role in the history of Cornwall. History The first reference to the castle is made in the DomesdayContinue reading “A tour of Launceston Castle, Cornwall”