12 U.K. Castles that Reign Supreme

From fairy tales to the history books, Great Britain’s castles are at the heart of stories told across the world. For centuries, castles were the literal and political high points of the society designed to keep people out. Today, many of these impenetrable structures are wide open to sightseers for enjoyment and exploration. Start planning your own “castle” trip with a little inspiration from our top 12 picks of the most picturesque castles you can visit in the U.K.:

1. Eilean Donan Castle

Trover photo by César Castro

2. Harlech Castle

Trover photo by Sandra MC

3. Leeds Castle

Trover photo by Dino Zaballero

4. Conwy Castle

Trover photo by Jamie Lynn Buckner

5. Corfe Castle

Trover photo by Ian Blackman

6. Arundel Castle 

Trover photo by Our Global Adventure

7. Raglan Castle

Trover photo by Steven Wong

8. Cardiff Castle

Trover photo by Brynne

9. Bodiam Castle

Trover photo by Travelholic Path

10. Edinburgh Castle 

Trover photo by Adventurous Kate

11. Windsor Castle

Trover photo by Jo Zel

12. Caernarfon Castle

Trover photo by Iain McLean

If you appreciate medieval history and impressive architecture, be sure to add these fascinating castles of the U.K. to your travel bucket list. Check out our collection of ancient ruins and temples for more epic architecture!