British castles and Irish castles hold a lot of history which are waiting to be uncovered by their guests. It's no wonder we love to visit them on our small-group tours. Our passengers revel in taking pictures, reading about kings and queens, imagining great battles taking place, as well as securing a fridge magnet in the gift shops. Discover more reasons why we love to visit the best British and Irish castles in the land and how you can make your bucket list a reality with Rabbie’s Tours.
Castle tours aren’t just for those who love the rich history they can provide. They can be beautiful landscapes to share memorable moments with loved ones or even be the backdrop of recreating your favourite movie scene. 12 of our top reasons to visit British castles and Irish castles this year include:
British and Irish castles are no stranger to being the backdrop in some of your favourite films. Their grand architecture and timestamp can be the perfect match to set the scene for any type of movie. One of our favourite castles in England with a Hollywood connection is Alnwick Castle. It was used as a backdrop for two Harry Potter movies and provides a real life visual of Hogwarts Castle. Visit the location for yourself on a one day Alnwick Castle, The Northumberland Coast & Borders Tour.
Grand architecture can be seen throughout a number of castles in Britain and Ireland. Many can still be habitable today, including:
Not all British and Irish castles have perfect structures, but this is what we love about them. Despite the obvious leans in structure, they are still standing for all to admire. Maybe we can learn a thing or two from them! All jokes aside, these types of castles may be some of our favourites as they have true character that is irreplaceable.
The lush pastures surrounding the British and Irish castles can be just as impactful on the eye as the building itself. Which is why during British Spring and Summertime, these elegant gardens can be appreciated in full bloom.
One of the best reasons you should visit British and Irish castles this year is to explore the surrounding areas. Almost getting a two for one deal! Especially when you visit Dunvegan Castle, located on the Isle of Skye. The volcanic surroundings, paired with the deep tones of the surrounding water, is enough to encapture the heart of each guest. Add this dramatic setting to your bucket list immediately.
Maintaining the likes of British and Irish castles is by no means easy. It can take dedicated teams hours to ensure the buildings remain safe to visit. This includes touching up the paint work, filling in crumbling walls, or restoring a broken roof. All in the name of beauty.
An attraction point for British and Irish castles thousands of years ago was their remoteness. Kings and queens, such as Mary Queen of Scots, could use them as hideouts from enemies, as well as holding hostages. However they were preferred to use, today their remote nature allows for a sense of tranquillity when visiting.
Throughout history, monumental figures would have used the British and Irish castles as backdrops to their parties and weddings. This is no different in the 21st century. Some of the most popular British and Irish castles to get married in include:
The mighty size of British and Irish castles can be sure to keep guests entertained for hours. With magical gardens, exquisite landscapes, and rich history, you’ll want to carve out a few hours when visiting.
Whether you’re a keen photographer or a novice who appreciates a scenic view, castles in Britain and Ireland can be a great addition to any shot. From moody shadows in the depths of winter, to sharp silhouettes in the middle of summer, be sure to capture your favourite throughout the year.
It’s no surprise many of history's greatest battles happened near the grounds of British and Irish castles. After all, they’ve been inhabited by not so favourable royalty. However, these battles have made for great history stories and tales which you can still reminisce about in the location they took place in.
The final reason you should be visiting British and Irish castles is to get inspiration for your own building projects. Their structures and glamour can add a unique touch to your build no matter the scale.
Visiting castles in Britain and Ireland can be a magical day out for all involved. Especially during peak periods when many like to host additional events such as outdoor cinemas, themed days, or events for the whole family. If you’re tempted by British and Irish castles be sure to discover our small-group tours. With the help of our friendly driver-guides, they can recite the local knowledge while making the journey as comfortable as possible. Book your space today, or sign up for our newsletter to uncover where our new tours are.