Yorkshire may have a lot to offer, but one of its strongest suits has to be its history. We’ve so much of it, in fact, we have castles coming out of our backsides. From ruins that tell a story of destruction, to the intact castles that allow you to truly imagine what life was like to live there – there’s plenty to explore in our brilliant region. Check out our guide to the best castles in Yorkshire.
Skipton Castle, Skipton
Skipton Castle has been carefully preserved for over 900 years now, and still to this day people can pop by for a visit. Guests can explore both inside the castle and the grounds, with the original features still in tact. Have a nosey out of the watchtower, swan around the banqueting hall or sneak into the dungeon – either way, it’s a fun day out for both kids and adults alike. Skipton Castle, The Bailey, Skipton, BD23 1AW.
Richmond Castle, Richmond
Richmond Castle and its grounds are a huge focal point of the town of Richmond, standing tall above the River Swale. The castle now is pretty empty, however, there’s still a ton of history to explore – including the Keep, Robin Hood’s Tower and more – showcasing stunning views of the nearby Dales. Richmond Castle, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4QW.
Peveril Castle, Hope Valley
A ruined castle overlooking the lovely village of Castleton, Peveril Castle still holds its beauty – despite having some wear and tear. Nearby to Peak Cavern and Castleton Village, it’s a great spot for a wander while taking in some of the Peak District’s oldest history – dating way back to the 11th century. Peveril Castle, Market Pl, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WQ.
Clifford’s Tower, York
11th century Clifford’s Tower has a pretty complex history, with its original structure telling the horrifying tale of York’s Jewish community committing mass suicide after being trapped there by anti-Semitic mobs. The original structure was burned down following this, however, was revived again to act as a 13th-century treasury and prison. It’s a popular attraction in the city of York, and well worth the visit should you be planning a trip anytime soon. Clifford’s Tower, Tower St, York, YO1 9SA.
Conisbrough Castle, Doncaster
Originally built in the 11th century, Conisbrough Castle still stands tall today. Providing inspiration for Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe novel, the Keep has remained as a picturesque landmark for centuries, after evading complete destruction during the Civil War (a time when Scarborough Castle wasn’t as lucky!). Conisbrough Castle, Castle Hill, Conisbrough, Doncaster, DN12 3BU.
Barden Tower, Bolton Abbey
Like Bolton Abbey couldn’t get anymore beautiful, it’s also home to a 15th century castle formerly owned by the Clifford family, who fought during the War of the Roses. The site stayed in the family for quite some time, before being left to fall into disrepair following Lady Anne Clifford’s death in the 1600s. While the former home is now in ruins, there’s still a significant amount of the original structure left to see. Barden Tower, Barden, Skipton, BD23 6AT.
Bolton Castle, Leyburn
A medieval castle that’s preserved still today, Bolton Castle is situated near Leyburn in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, and is still owned by the original family line that it started with all those years ago. Now over 600 years old, guests are permitted inside the castle, with a number of events regularly taking place to explore its history (including paranormal nights!). Bolton Castle, Nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET.