The UK is known for some of the beautiful castles and palaces in the world. 

I think every little girl’s dream is to become a princess. Yes, I’m one of them.

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

I’m fascinated to learn about and visit the famous castles and palaces in the UK.

Since I moved to the UK back in 2009, castles and palaces are always on my list every time my husband and I go travelling around the country for a short break. Here is a sample UK Itinerary for 2 weeks that you can use when you wish to visit Britain.

We both like to learn the history of the place we’re visiting. So, castles and palaces are one of the best places to start to discover the history of the area.  Besides, it is imperative to know the history so you can appreciate the present.

The difference between Palace and Castle

Castles and palaces are meant for royalties, but they were built with a different purpose.

Castles were mainly built to show power, supremacy and designed for protection. The massive thick walls of the castle can protect the people of importance in times of siege.

While on the other hand,  Palaces were built specifically as royal residences. The lavish and glamorous designs of the palaces were made to impress and entertain royal guests.

Here are the list of famous castles and palaces in the UK that you shouldn’t miss.

  1. Blenheim Palace

Best Castles and Palaces to Visit in the United Kingdom

The Blenheim Palace is the royal residence of the Duke of Marlborough located in the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire.

This is the birthplace of the respected Sir Winston Churchill, the late Duke of Marlborough and Prime Minister of the UK during WWII.

The palace was a gift from Queen Anne to John Churchill (1st Duke of Marlborough) back in the 18th century.

Location: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
Ticket Prices:
Concessions, child & family tickets are also available.
For Palace, Park and Gardens — £24.00/adult
For access to garden and park — £15.30 / adult

An annual pass will be given to you once you purchased the Palace, Park and Gardens pass.

There are available scheduled group tours available in the lobby of the Palace.

At the nearby church (St. Martin’s Church, Bladon), you can find the burial ground of Sir Winston Churchill. The little small town church is worth visiting too.

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  1. Windsor Castle

Best Castles and Palaces to Visit in the United Kingdom

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A visit to the UK won’t be complete without paying a visit to this iconic castle.

The castle is the royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II.

Located in the beautiful countryside of Berkshire and an hour away from London. It is one of the best castles to visit in England. Windsor Castle is such an iconic landmark for the British monarchy and the rest of the UK, hence it is also one of the most visited places in England.

Location: Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ
Ticket Prices: Concessions and senior tickets are available.
Adult Ticket = £ 20.50 | Child Ticket (under 17) =£ 12.00

The ticket includes a visit to the royal apartments and other parts of the castle, the amazing doll collection, St. George chapel (where you can see the burial place of Prince Albert).

The change of the royal guard is one of the highlights when you visit this castle.

The Change of Guard starts at 11 am. So make sure to look out for a perfect spot to see this parade.

The Windsor Castle is the oldest and biggest occupied castle in the world where the British monarchs live for more than a thousand years.

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  1. Bodiam Castle

Best Castles and Palaces to Visit in the United Kingdom

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The Bodiam Castle is an excellent portrayal of authority.

This 14th-century medieval castle is picture perfect from every angle. The castle ground is massive and a great place for a picnic.

The castle was built by a knight named Sir Edward Dalyngrigge.  The primary purpose of this castle was to defend the area from the French during the medieval war.

Bodiam castle is one of the best castles in England.

Location:  Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, Robertsbridge TN32 5UA
Ticket Prices: Concessions and senior tickets are available. Adult = £ 9.30 Child  = £ 4.65

  1. Tintagel Castle

Best Castles and Palaces to Visit in the United Kingdom

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This beautiful castle by the cliff is something you shouldn’t miss when you visit Cornwall.

The castle is linked to the popular folklore of King Arthur and the knights of the round table.

The castle was built in the 13th century, so only the ruins and remaining artefacts are the only things that you can see here.

The picturesque landscape is worth a visit. When we went to visit this castle, I was in awe to experienced the beauty of the area.

Location: Tintagel Castle, Castle Road, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE
Ticket Prices: Concessions and senior tickets are available. Part of the English Heritage, members can visit this for free.
Adult = £ 7.90 | Child  = £ 4.70

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  1. Warwick Castle

Best Castles and Palaces to Visit in the United Kingdom

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My husband and I had our first date visiting this castle, so it’s pretty special for us.

The castle is a popular attraction in the West Midlands, as there are loads of fun activities for the kids, mini aviary and different shows with a medieval theme.

The Warwick Castle was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and for more than a thousand years is still standing proud.  The galleries and interiors of the castle are well preserved.

Location: Warwick Castle, Warwick CV34 4QU
Ticket Prices: Concessions and senior tickets are available.
Adult = £ 19.20 | Child = £16.80. You can get an advance discounted tickets.

There are coupons from various food packets here in the UK can be found that can give you a two for one entry to the castle.

Read this helpful guide and visit the Palace of the Peak District in the East Midlands.

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  1. Tower of London

Best Castles and Palaces to Visit in the United Kingdom

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This famous castle in London was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century.

This castle has the witnessed so much violence and grandeur throughout its history.

At present, the tower of London is the home of the Royal Crown Jewels of the British Monarchy.

You can also see the other kid’s awesome activities in London when you visit the city.

Location: Tower of London, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB
Ticket Prices: Concessions and senior tickets are available. You can get a discounted price if you buy your tickets online.
Adult = £25.00 | Child = £12.00

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  1. Conwy Castle

Best Castles and Palaces to Visit in the United Kingdom

Conwy Castle is one of the most popular castles in Wales and lies by the Conwy River.

Built by King Edward I back in the 13th century as the monarch’s residence in Wales. The strong walls are still standing tall and proud overlooking the beautiful countryside scenery in Northern Wales.

Location: Conwy Castle, Rose Hill St, Conwy LL32 8AY
Ticket Prices: Concessions and senior tickets are available.
Adult = £7.95 | Child = £ 5.60

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  1. Buckingham Palace

Best Castles and Palaces in the UK

Photo Credit: The Buckingham Palace by JP Licudan of the Rustic Nomad

The Buckingham Palace is probably the most famous palace in the world.

Sitting in the buzzing heart of London, this palace is truly an iconic landmark and symbol of the British Monarchy.  The palace has seen loads of monumental events in the UK’s history and one of the best things to do in London.

The palace serves as the receiving place for the all the dignitaries and royalties who pay a visit to the Queen.

Location: Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA
The Buckingham Palace is only open to the public during summer. This will give you an opportunity to visit the royal gallery, staterooms and the Royal Mews.

Ticket Prices: Concessions and senior tickets are available.
Adult = £ 39.50 | Child = £ 22.00 (under 17 years old/ FREE admission for under 5)

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  1. Holyrood Palace

Best Castles and Palaces to Visit in the United Kingdom

The Holyrood Palace also known as the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland.

The palace was originally built as a church in Edinburgh in the 12th century and was then converted into a palace for the British Monarchy.

The palace is located at the end of the Royal Mile near the Scottish Parliament. It’s one of the best castles in Scotland.

Location: Holyrood Palace, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Ticket Prices: Concessions and senior tickets are available.
Adult = £21.50 — Royal Visit Ticket, including the entrance to the Palace, royal gallery and history tour. | Child = £14.00

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10.Edinburgh Castle

Best Castles and Palaces to Visit in the United Kingdom

The castle that you absolutely won’t miss when you visit Scotland’s capital.

The castle sits on the top of castle rock which was formed from a volcanic eruption a million years ago.

The castle has been a royal residence of the previous monarchs of Scotland until the crowns of England and Scotland were united back in the 17th century.

This castle is one of the best castles in Scotland; a must visit when you go to Edinburgh.

Location: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG
Ticket Prices: Concessions and senior tickets are available. | Adult = £16.50 | Child = £9.90

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If you have been lucky enough to visit these castles and palaces in the UK, please share your experience in the comment box below.

Best Castles and Palaces to Visit in the United Kingdom
Best Castles and Palaces to Visit in the United Kingdom