This post is a bit different than our usual reads, this one is going to cover three different castles with a few photos and highlights from each one. It’s a bit of an experiment so if it doesn’t work let us know!

Crathes Castle

Built in the 16th century, Crathes castle is a great example of a Scottish fortification. The Burnett of Leys, the family who still own part of the castle to this day, are famous for building a fortified wooden building in the middle of a loch called a Crannog.

Highlight: The several painted ceilings found within the castle, depicting famous men and women.

Crathes Castle seen from the garden
An example of one of the restored painted ceilings

Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly castle was constructed in the 13th century by Gilbert De Clare. Caerphilly is one of the most well protected castles in Europe and was described as having ‘the most elaborate water defences in all of Britain’ by the historian Allen Brown. The castle successfully defended against several sieges throughout it’s history but was only damaged during the English Civil War of 1642, leading to the leaning tower that can still be seen today.

Highlight: The leaning tower and the restored feasting hall

The Leaning Tower of Caerphilly, which has more of a lean then the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff castle sits in the capital of Wales and is quite an interesting castle. It’s the oldest castle on this list, with a Norman wooden Motte and Bailey built on the site the 12th century castle now stands on. The castle withstood attacks during the revolt of Owain Glyndwr in 1404, as well as a siege in 1648 during the English Civil War. The Georgian manor house that sits within the castle walls was constructed by the 1st Marquess of Bute, John Stuart in the 18th who employed the famous architect Capability Brown. The house was built in the style of a medieval hall, with exquisitely detailed paintings lining many of the rooms. Jumping forward several hundred years later, the castle served as a shelter and barracks during bombing raids in the Second World War.

Highlight: The Bomb Shelter that sits in the Castle’s exterior wall complete with the sounds of falling bombs, and the Arab Room ceiling in the manor house.

The Clock Tower of Cardiff Castle
The 12th Century castle built on top of the Norman Motte and Bailey
The Arab Room

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(All photo credit belongs to Ciaran Griffiths)

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