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Kids Love Castles!

This website is aimed at sharing our experiences  of visiting castles with our two children . We have listed some of the castles we have visited as a family with photos, tips and comments. I have thrown in a bit of history of each castle as well, although mostly this is gleaned from guide books- sadly I can not claim to be a qualified historian!


Our visits span a period of ten years so far, so the children were young when we started, but not so young now. I think our photography has improved over the years too! As this is an ongoing project the site will be updated whenever we have more castle reviews to add, so do keep checking back.






Most of the castles featured are within day tripping distance of the South West of the UK, which is where we live, but there are some holiday visits too which are further afield. I have included the date of our visit, the information I state was current at that time, but if the visit was a few years ago now you may want to check out the current situation yourself. I would certainly recommend checking prices/opening times before you embark on a trip. The official website of each castle is listed at the bottom of the page for your further information.




All the views expressed are my own, I try to be as honest as possible. The photos are all from our family album, the graphics created by my children. Please do not reproduce any of the pictures without permission. Don't forget to click on the photos to see them in full size.

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News from the Gatehouse- Our Blog


July 2017


Catch our latest updates featuring the beautiful Kenilworth Castle  in Warwickshire and our Norfolk visits:

Castle Acre Castle

Castle Acre Priory

Castle Rising Castle

Oxburgh Hall

Weeting Castle



May 2017


Our first update of the year, we had a great Easter with some fab castle visits, including castles in Carmarthenshire, which we have been meaning to visit for a long time now but always somehow managed to be just passing through to another part of Wales. This time we stayed a while and discovered the spectacular Carreg Cennen Castle, elegant Dinefwr Castle set in its own country estate and the whopping great Kidwelly Castle with so many nooks and crannies to be explored. And that was just the first three days! For a full list of our reviews of Carmarthenshire Castles see our 'Castles by County' page.



November 2016


Wow, what adventures we have had this summer. We have gone international and added three castles and an abbey visited during our holiday to Austria. Check them out here: Hohensalzburg Castle , Burghausen CastleFranziski CastleNonnberg Abbey. (Please note: Burghausen is actually  over the border in Germany). Also visited our capital and took in the Tower of London during October half- term.


If you scroll down you will see we now have a Twitter account, follow us for updates and general history related tweets.




In May 2015 we reviewed Cardigan Castle, which had recently open to the public after a long period in private ownership. We believe we were possibly the first of the castle websites to visit and review  this newly refurbished castle. See our review here: Cardigan Castle


Don't forget to look at our 'Other Places of Interest' page, with recommendations of other places to visit, all tried and tested by the C4K team!





C4K- now in our 10th year of visiting castles!



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Site last updated August 2017


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