UK Castles with Accommodation

My castle for my kingdom, king of the castle, an Englishman’s home is his castle, castles in the sky… There’s plenty to be said for staying in a castle.

Stately and high on the horizon, Britain has a variety of castles that have been converted or adapted to make them warm and comfortable enough for today’s standards. (Some even have wi-fi and Blu Ray DVD’s for the easily restless!)

So pack your bags and take The GO Activities virtual tour of the castles Britain has to offer for a short break. From under £30 to some with heli pads- there’s bound to be a regal getaway for you to pick.

Leasowe Castle  From £49.00

Leasowe Castle

With 6 acres of land, and a history dating to 1592 when the 2nd Heir to the English throne built Leasowe Castle to watch horseracing from, this is now an ideal weekend break.

Have a round in the Leasowe Golf Course, enjoy the luxury leisure centre, or just enjoy the views of the sea! In the evening you might even be able to take part in a murder mystery set in the castle!

After your sleep enjoy a big breakfast in the dining rooms, or head to nearby Liverpool for a day of shopping.

You can enjoy a few rounds of golf nearby, or just take a walk for views of the nearby Irish Sea.

Camelot Castle From £98.00 pppn

Camelot Castle Hotel

If you want a castle with a difference then try the Camelot Castle near Newquay.

The birthplace of King Arthur, this is a 64 bedroom hotel with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Cornish coastline with a great restaurant and big comfy beds.

See Ted Stourton’s butterfly paintings in the great hall, or just head up to your room for the beautiful views and then relax in your  iron framed 4 poster bed.

The magical location and warm reception will ensure that even if the coastal weather isn’t spot on then you can still have a magnificent time of it.

Enjoy a hot chocolate with brandy and marshmallows at the bar, or have a coffee before a walk to one of the pubs nearby or a walk around the area.

Then for dinner, enjoy a meal at the Round Table ala King Arthur in the main dining hall, watching the sunset through the windows as you do.

Bath Lodge Castle From £115 pppn

Bath Lodge Castle

For luxury and beauty, look no further than the Bath Lodge Castle. Surrounded by Somerset countryside with a pavilion spa and boutique bedrooms, prepare the explore the deer forest and relax by the flowing stream in the grounds once used as a hunting ground for medieval kings!

Sumptuous bedrooms with luxury toiletries and fluffy robes, Egyptian linen and locally sourced cooked breakfasts in the dining room, an outdoor jacuzzi, relaxing sauna and a decked terrace.

10 miles from Longleat Safari Park. and 40 minutes from Stonehenge this is the perfect weekend break.

Withchery By The Castle ( Edinburgh) From £195 pppn

Witchery By The Castle

Located at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, the 16th century James Thomson’s Witchery is actually a restaurant with rooms, with fantastic food, wine and service.

Visited by Ewan MacGregor, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jack Nicholson and Clarissa Dickson Wright and Andrew Lloyd Webber called it the prettiest restaurant ever!

Explore the building made in 1595 from the Witchery dining room, the Secret Garden and stay in one of the indulgent suites.

Bathe in a claw footed roll top bath, admire the thick velvet curtains in rich colours and wonderful designs and comfy beds, before collapsing into sleep!

With everything taken care of, from your hairdryer to platters full of sweet treats, this is a stay you won’t forget.

Thornberry Castle £120 pppn

Thornbury Castle

The floors of the Thornbury castle where once walked by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. This 500 year-old castle has beautiful, indulgent rooms with real fires but with the modern luxury of colour TVs. Find your welcome decanter of sherry.

The Thornberry is 90 minutes from London by car, although if you are a real mover and shaker there is even a heli-pad on site!

Narrow staircases and big Tudor gardens give a magical feel to the castle, whilst the food is known to be spectacular. Visit the Wye forest or take a drive to Bristol, whatever you feel like.

With an onsite valet and helpful staff at every turn, this is the perfect antidote to budget hotels.

Barcaldine Castle, West Coast of Scotland – From £135

Barcaldine Castle

In the West Coast of Scotland on the shores of Loch Creren lies the 16th century Barcaldine Castle. See the snow-capped mountains of Glencoe or just stay in, relaxing on your king size bed with luxury bed linen and pure new wool throws.

You don’t have to live like a medieval serf either with WiFi, a flat screen HDTV with Blu-ray DVD player, with films available on request, along with a good selection of games and magazines, hairdryer and luxury toiletries you can keep the best bits of the past and the present in harmony for the ultimate scenic, yet comfortable holiday.

The Barcaldine is run like and B& B, so expect guided tours, home cooked food, biscuits and snacks, as well as time alone to explore the spooky dungeons, the library and to learn more about the castle’s history.

Ruthin Castle, Wales – From £65 

Originally built by Edward 1 in 1282 Ruthin Castle is set in 35 acres of gardens and grounds perfect for the romantic getaway (although the easily spooked should stay away from the ruins and dungeons!)

With two magnificent lounges, an oak panelled entrance hall and a bar in the library you can dine in the award winning restaurant or you can experience Wales’s original medieval banquet!

Ruthin Castle is just 42 miles from Manchester airport and 22 miles from Chester railway station.

Barony Castle, Scotland – From £65

Barony Castle

Barony Castle is actually a beautiful mansion house – but it looks so much like a castle we had to include it. First built in 1536 in 25 acres of land this is a quiet and peaceful castle near the Scottish Borders, yet only 40 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh or 5 minutes from the small town of Peebles.

Barony Castle has all you need for luxury – from the indoor heated swimming pool, multi gym, sauna and spa bath. You will be able to eat like a king as well, with a Scottish buffet style breakfast served daily and a 3 course table d’hote menu for dinner!

Around eating and sleeping try mountain biking at Glentress Forest, walking the River Tweed or fishing for salmon and trout. You can also try the Whisky Distillery, and explore the Crystal Factory, local Cashmere and Woollen Mills and Factory Shops and enjoy all the local towns and shops.

The Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel – North Wales- From £140

The Bodelwyddan Castle

The Bodelwyddan, once you get round to pronouncing it, is a beautiful place for a weekend away. With 200 acres of parkland, views of the Clwydian Hills and Snowdonia less than an hour away, the Grade II listed Bodelwyddan Castle is the perfect break.

With ivy clad turrets, this castle has a Jacobean-style staircase, medieval weaponry in the entrance hall, a sculpture gallery, vaulted ceiling, original marble chimneypiece from 1700.

The Bodelwyddan is attached to the National Portrait Gallery’s Victorian Collection so you can enjoy croquet or the pool and health suite and a four rink indoor Bowls complex or go see the unique First World War practice trenches.

Norbreck Castle –  From £29 – Blackpool

Norbreck Castle

If you want to experience Blackpool in all it’s hen do, cabaret and theme park glory, then stay in a castle whilst you do it!

Technically, this is a very cheap hotel, but the sight of the castle with 480 en suite rooms does make an impressive statement against the North Shore.

Norbreck Castle offers seafront views, as well as 480 en-suite bedrooms. Enjoy a tipple in the conservatory bar, or head to Copper Face Jack’s Bar for large screens showing most sporting events with a lively atmosphere.

Durham Castle– From £28.50

Durham Castle

If you are a looking for a budget room then look no further than Durham Castle. Student style accommodation without many frills, Durham Castle is an 11th century castle and a World Heritage Site adjacent to Durham Cathedral.

Although the rooms are a little bare, the price is not one to sneer at, and your stay includes a full English breakfast in a huge medieval dining room, plus you can also soak up dome free culture and join one of the hotel’s public guided tours around Durham!

Renowned as being a very cheap and cheerful place to stay near Newcastle and Durham, you might need to take ear plugs for the squeaky floors but you will have more in your pocket for shopping in the beautiful city of Durham the next day.

Tulloch Castle – Dingwall, From £60

Tulloch Castle

The 12th century Tulloch Castle is a magnificent fortress, complete with history in the form of the 250-year old panelled Great Hall. Restored original fireplaces and ceilings, the Tulloch Castle has just 20 en-suite bedrooms making this a cosy stay you won’t forget.

Admire the views of Inverness and feel free to drive the short route to the nearby town for a paper or a look around. Walk up Rogie Halls in good weather for a stretch of the legs after a hot dinner.

If it’s a Scottish experience you are after, then why not try the haggis with a whiskey from the bar?

If you’re feeling brave with Dutch courage, then take the on site ghost tour for the creeps before bed time, and see if you can spot the undead that lurks in Tulloch Castle…

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