7 Wonderful Yorkshire Castles That Are Perfect For An Adventure

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

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#ExploreWithBrendan – Conisbrough Castle is a medieval fortification in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, England. The castle was initially built in the 11th century by William de Warenne, the Earl of Surrey, after the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Hamelin Plantagenet, the illegitimate, parvenu son of Henry II, acquired the property by marriage in the late 12th century. Hamelin and his son William rebuilt the castle in stone, including its prominent 28-metre (92 ft)-high keep. The castle remained in the family line into the 14th century, despite being seized several times by the Crown. The fortification was then given to Edmund of Langley, passing back into royal ownership in 1461. Conisbrough Castle fell into ruin, its outer wall badly affected by subsidence, and was given to the Carey family in the 16th century. Its derelict state prevented it from involvement in the English Civil War of the 17th century and the remains were bought by the Duke of Leeds in 1737. Sir Walter Scott used the location for his 1819 novel Ivanhoe and by the end of the 19th century the ruins had become a tourist attraction, despite the increasing industrial character of the area. The state took over the management of the property in 1950, but by the 1980s the visitor facilities were felt to be unsuitable, leading to a three-way partnership being created between the local council, the state agency English Heritage and a local charitable trust to develop the castle. The keep was re-roofed and re-floored in the 1990s with the help of European Union funding. English Heritage took over control of the castle in 2008 and continues to operate the property as a tourist attraction. 🏰 #HistoryWithBrendan ____________________________________________ #VisitDoncaster #VisitYorkshire #ConisbroughCastle #YourCastles #NeverStopExploring #HistoricEngland #YourBritain #CastlesOfTheWorld #Your_LockdownShots #ExploreTheWorld #YorkshirePhotographer

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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.

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