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Below is a list of the Top England Castles with websites, images and reviews, such as the Tower of London , Windsor Castle , Warwick , Arundel , Alnwick and more.

Many castles in England were built after the invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066. Some were originally built as wooden fortresses, then rebuilt in stone over the next few centuries. Most of the larger castles are strategically placed to deal with invasions from the Scots, Vikings, Welsh and Europeans.

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Tower of London built from 1066, in the centre of London
The most notable part of this castle is the four spire White Tower, built for William the Conqueror in 1078. This is the most visited attraction in the UK. Here you can view the crown jewels, films of coronations, and hear about the many prisoners held and executed within the walls. Entry about £24 per adult. Phone number 0844 482 7777.
Website . wiki/page . Postcode EC3N 4AB .

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Windsor Castle built from 1066, 22 miles west of london
Windsor Castle was originaly a mote and bailey fortification built for William the Conqueror after he took control of England in 1066. Work to convert the fortress to stone began during the reign of King Henry II (1154-1189). King Henry III (1216-1272) is also credited with having the castle expanded. Successive monarchs continued to extended the castle into what is now the largest continually inhabited castle in the world. Entry about £19 per adult. Phone number 020 7766 7304.
Websites . wiki/page . Postcode SL4 1NJ .

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Warwick Castle built from 1068, 97 miles northwest of London
From 1088, this castle belonged to the Earl of Warwick, built to show his power. Most of the castle that can be seen today, was built between 1350 and 1400. The castle has interesting history, being involved in the War of the Roses, and English Civil War. There are many events held each year. Entry about £19 per adult. Phone number 0871 265 2000.
Website . wiki/page . Postcode CV34 5BE .

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Arundel Castle built from 1067, 63 miles south of London
Arundel Castle was built for Roger de Montgomery in 1067, who was awarded the earldom of Arundel by William the Conqueror. The castle was severely damaged in the English Civil War of 1642–1651. Work to restore the castle was carried out in the 1700s and 1800s. The castle is the home of the Dukes of Norfolk, open to the public to help fund the upkeep. Admission about £9 to £18 per adult, depending on how much you want to visit. Phone number 01903 882 173.
Website . wiki/page . Postcode BN18 9AB .

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Dover Castle built from 1150s, 77 miles southeast of London
Dover Castle was built from the 1100s. It is situated at the narrowest crossing between England and Europe, leading to it being one of the main castles in England. Much of what can be seen today is from the reign of Henry II 1154-1189, or from the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s. The castle has a number of tunnels from the Napoleonic & World Wars. Entry about £19 per adult. Phone number 01304 211 067.
Website . wiki/page . Postcode CT16 1HU .

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Leeds Castle built from 1119, 42 miles southeast of London
In Kent by Maidstone, Leeds Castle was built from 1119 for Robert de Crevecoeur, to replace an earlier Saxon manor house. The castle was used as a royal palace in 1278 for King Edward I and his queen, Eleanor of Castile. The castle and grounds are open to the public with an aviary, maze, grotto, golf course and a unique museum of dog collars. Entry about £24 per adult. Phone number 01622 765 400.
Website . wiki/page . Postcode ME17 1PL .

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Alnwick Castle from 1096, 34 miles north of Newcastle
Alnwick Castle is the home of the Duke of Northumberland. The earliest parts of the castle were built soon after the Norman conquest of 1066, and used to protect the north of England from Scottish invasions. Visits to the castle increased dramaticaly after it was used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Entry about £14 per adult. Phone number 01665 511 100.
Website . wiki/page . Postcode NE66 1NQ .

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Durham Castle from 1070s, 17 miles south of Newcastle
Durham Castle was built in the 1070s for the Norman's as they began taking control of all areas of England. Since 1840, the castle been used to house the University College of Durham. Durham Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Durham Cathedral, a short distance across the impressive Palace Green. Tours are about £5 per adult. Phone number 0191 334 3800.
Website . wiki/page . Postcode DH1 3RW .

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Bamburgh Castle from 1060s, 51 miles north of Newcastle
Bamburgh Castle is situated on a basalt outcrop, where early Britons had a wooden fortress before. That old fort was destroyed by the Vikings in 993. Archaeologists have been working on the site since 1996, with the top finds being a gold plaque known as the Bamburgh Beast, and the Bamburgh Sword. Entry about £10 per adult. Phone number 01668 214 515.
Website . wiki/page . Postcode NE69 7DF .

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Lindisfarne Castle built from 1550, 61 miles north of Newcastle
Lindisfarne Castle is situated on Holy Island, 14 miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed, in Northumberland. The castle was modernized for Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901. The island can be reached during a low tide by a causeway. Lindisfarne Castle is situated close to the Scotland border. This saw it involved in battles with the Scots, as well as being attacked by Vikings. Entry about £7 per adult. Phone number 01289 389 244.
Website . wiki/page . Postcode TD15 2SH.

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