We are not just talking about castles here, we are talking about "Medieval Castles" and this brings some very specific things to mind. A castle is a large and beautiful stone structure that housed Kings and protected its people from the sieges and attacks of enemies. They were sometimes lavish and sometimes very plain...
What is a Castle?
Over a thousand years of castle buildng and just about every continent and culture has built them. But what exactly is a Castle? What makes it a castle? The answer is easy. What is a Castle?
Belsay Castle, Hall and Gardens - Beautiful little 700 Year old Castle that was added to and improved over the centuries and was privately owned for all those centuries. Also has a Greek Revival Hall and a gardens.
Binchester Roman Fort - This is an archaeological ruins in the U.K. It was an active Roman Fort for almost 500 years. Learn more about it, and check out pictures of a reenactment on site. Includes video and pictures of a ballista in action.
Prudhoe Castle - It is a fortress with a very long history and it has undergone many changes over the centuries. It dates back to the 11th century where a Motte and Bailey stood on the current site. Learn More and see pics here: About Prudhoe Castle
Aydon Castle - It is a fortified Manor in the UK that is still in remarkable shape. Learn more about it and see lots of pictures of it right here: Aydon Castle
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New: Dioramas of Castles - Many Castles often have a nice little diorama depicting the castle. I have an assortment of them here.
Can you identify this castle? A web visitor is asking for help in identifying a castle in a painting. Maybe you can help! CHeck out the painting and the story of it right here: Identify the Castle in the painting
Lindisfarne Castle - Located on an island called Holy Island off the east coast of England and perched on a hill. This is a beautiful and compact castle that is still very much in tact and open to the public. And it is all tied in with the famous Lindisfarne Mead.
Barnard Castle - This is a castle that is now in ruins. It is about 900 years old and was used for 500 years, changing and growing over those centuries. I have lots of good stuff on this castle including pictures, an article and floor plans. Barnard Castle
Scarborough Castle - This castle is mostly in ruins but it is impeccably maintained and a beautiful site for a castle with an amazing view. And as with most castles it has a very long history (3000) and it has been sieged. Check it out here: Scarborough Castle. I also have pictures of a medieval re-enactment that was performed on site.
Helmsley Castle - This is a wonderful castle with an almost thousand year history. It has been passed from generation to generation and it has survived a siege. Check out more information and lots of pics of this wonderful castle ruins here: Helmsley Castle
York Castle - It is situated in one of the most medieval cities in all of Europe and it is mostly gone. And it has had an astonishing history over the past thousand years. See pictures and learn more about York Castle here
Middleham Castle - Located in the north of Great Britain and the former childhood home of Richard III this castle is now in partial ruins but still a wonderful example of a stone fortress. Lots of pics and information for you here: Middleham Castle
Marmaris Castle (Turkey) - This is a beautiful fortification and quite an oasis that has existed in one form or other for 5,000 years. I have a friend (Paul) who went there and took these pics for us. Marmaris Castle
Castle Stamps - I went to a stamp show and picked up a bunch of wonderful stamps from around the world that commemorate castles. Check them out here: Castle Stamps
The Castles of India - When we think of India we don't usually think of castles. But there are plenty of magnificent specimens there. And they often have strong European styling along with Indian beauty and detail. I took a trip to India and snapped some great pictures. Check some of them out right here: The Castles of India
Athlone Castle in Ireland - This is a perfect example of how a society can revive an old castle with new life. The Athlone Art and Heritage society has done a wonderful job with this castle. Check it out here: Athlone Castle.
The Castle Calendars for 2015 are out and they are beautiful! You can check out the selection of them right here: Castle Calendars for 2015
Winnekenni Castle - This is a cute little castle located in Haverhill Massachusetts. It is almost 150 years old and has endured a lot. Yet it still remains. It now hosts functions, weddings and the occasional car show. I took a trip to it and you can learn more, see more pictures here: Winnekenni Castle
Le Rivau Castle - How is this for a fairy tale castle? This castle and it's medieval stables were visited by Joan of Arc before the siege of Orleans. Rivau was famous for its War Horses and they came to get some to fight against the British. The castle now has beautiful grounds, stables and gardens. It has all been restored to pristine shape. Learn more and see lots of pictures here: Le Rivau Castle
This is a great book if you really want to know about fortresses and how and why they were built. It gets into the meat and potatoes of their form and function. One of my favorite castle books, lots of floorplans, designs and pictures.
The Castles of Ireland - I just got back from a trip to Ireland and I visited a whole bunch of castles. They are spectacular.
A Look inside a Medieval Castle Keep. This is the castle keep at Trim Ireland. I take you inside and show you how they lived and what it was like: Inside a medieval castle keep.
Can you identify this castle? I got an email from a web visitor who bought this castle painting. He is wondering if it is actually a real castle? Maybe you can help. Check out a larger picture here: Identify the unknown castle
New: Himeji Castle Metal Earth Kit - Fun little project where you put together a miniature metal castle.
New Paper Castle Project: Hohensalzburg Castle - This is a terrific looking paper castle kit by Schreiber-Bogen.
Paper Castle Diorama Project - One of the great things about castles is that there are lots of paper projects where you can make them. I made a paper model of Caernarvon Castle and put it into a little diorama. Fun project: The Paper Castle Diorama
Make a Cigar Box Castle - Neat little project. There is a whole lot of fun castle stuff you can make in a cigar box with just a few basic supplies like string, foam and bits of wood. This project is on my other website right here: Make a Cigar Box Castle
New: The Worlds Most Haunted Castle? Chillingham Castle in the UK is promoted as the most haunted in the world and it might be true. About Chillingham Castle
NEW: King Arthur's Castle - Tintagel Castle ( This is the rumored birthplace of King Arthur). Not much of the Castle remains and it is still up for debate as to whether of not Arthur really existed! Either way, the story remains and the ruins of Tintagel are among the most visited in Great Britain. Tintagel Castle
Belcourt Castle in Newport, RI - One of those gorgeous mansion castles along Bellevue avenue in Newport. And it has some interesting stories of objects inside that are haunted, like a suit of armor and a statue. Belcourt Castle
The Most Haunted Castles in the world! I have chosen five castles in Europe and one right here in America. There are some very creepy stories and ghosts attached to these castles: Ghosts and Haunted Castles
A Mysterious bagpiper, a screaming suit of armor and more!
Is this a real castle? Can you identify this statue castle? Is it based on a real statue? Bigger pictures here
New Article: Pictures of nine Fairy Tale Castles - I have perused the world of castles to bring you what I think are the 9 most amazing castles that represent the term "Fairy Tale" .
New Castle - LuckNow Castle in New Hampshire - Also Known as "The Castle in the Clouds"
It's an interesting little castle nestled in the mountains of New Hampshire and just about 100 years old. I have visited and have some pictures and more information right here: LuckNow Castle
A Man Builds his own castle in Michigan - You don't have to buy a castle. You could build one! That's exactly what this couple in Michigan did! He sent me a terrific description of the how and why. Of course it has octagonal rooms and a spiral staircase! There is a youtube video also. A Medieval Castle in Michigan
New: IRONCLAD - This is a medieval movie that takes place in 1215 shortly after the signing of the Magna Carta. A lot of the movie takes place in Rochester castle and they built a lifesize castle set to shoot the movie. Pretty cool stuff. Read more about it and about Rochester Castle here. IronClad and Rochester Castle
New: I put together a Paper Castle (Krak des Chevaliers) and show you a time lapse of it going together. Also a bit of information about making this kind of castle. It's a cheap and fun project that will give you quite a few hours of satisfaction. Video included. Make Paper Castles
New Medieval Castle Articles
NEW: The Case of the mysterious Medieval Castle plate - Can you identify this castle? Or maybe lend some insight? I got an email from someone with this very old plate that has a castle imprinted on it. I can't identify it but maybe you can? take a look at bigger pictures and learn more about this unique plate here: The case of the mysterious medieval castle plate
The Citadel in Cairo Egypt - This is a magnificent Medieval Fortress dating all the way back to the year 810 It was first transformed into a fortress by Saladin between 1176 and 1183 as a defense against european crusaders. The Citadel
Gillette Castle - A very peculiar castle perched on the bank of the Connecticut River. Mr Gillette made his wealth performing Sherlock Holmes in theather in the 19th Century. See a video and more pictures of Gillette Castle
A look inside Kimball Castle - This is an old and run down castle in New Hampshire. It is purported to be haunted and it looks like people have events or halloween parties in it. There are some interesting archictural things about this castle including a beautiful atrium skylight. Kimball Castle I have pictures of the outside and inside.
A look inside a real New England Medieval Castle. I took a trip to Hammond castle. This is a Gothic Castle with an amazing history and some wonderful stuff inside. Pictures and More.. Inside a Medieval Castle
Looking to buy a castle in Europe? Seriously, there are some wonderful bargains to be had. You have got to check out this article written and submitted to this site by two people who are castle buying and restoring experts. You will be shocked by the bargains! For Sale: Old Castles In Europe
New Article: The types and development of Castles. I take a look at how castles developed and changed over the centuries of the Middle Ages. Very interesting to see how they changed. I cover the major developments and give you drawings. The Types of Castles
Looking to buy a castle? This stunning 11th century castle in france is for sale. According to the castle website Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt considered buying it! Read More
Harlech Castle - This castle was built during the peak of castle building in Great Britain. It was also sieged many times. I take a look at the various sieges and I also have drawn a floor plan to show you how a castle was designed. Harlech Castle
Article about Castle walls and how they are constructed. All About Castle Walls
Book Review: English Castles 1200-1300
This is an interesting little book that was just published and it covers all of the important aspects of the medieval castle during this century which was the zenith of the medieval fortress. . It was a time of great changes and great improvements to castles. Read my review of this book here: English Castles 1200-1300
This book is available on amazon.com: English Castles 1200-1300 (Fortress)
Another Case of a Mysterious Medieval Castle Solved - Someone has identified the castle in the picture below. Learn more about this wonderful castle here: Castle Identity Solved
A look at Shuri Castle in Japan - This castle has many similarities to European Castles but also has some very prominent differences that are specific only to castles in Japan. I also have a whole series of pictures I took. Shuri Castle
New: I take you on a video tour of a Japanese Castle. I show you the outside and inside and we go all the way to the shrine at the top then look out on the panorama. Visit a real Japanese Castle without leaving home! Video Tour of a Japanese Castle (I also show you a bit about the miniature I make of this very same castle. This is the most famous castle in Japan and the movie The Last Samurai was partially filmed here)
New: The Medieval Castles of Japan - Japan is loaded with beautiful and amazing medieval castles. I have visited some of them and I have pictures. They don't look a whole lot like European Castles but they were very similar in function. Here is an article about some of these amazing fortresses.
New: A look through a Japanese Medieval Castle - Here is an article about the most famous medieval castle in Japan. I have pictures and videos of the outside and the inside. Take a peek inside this amazing and beautiful castle. Himeji Castle. It has a long history and a ghost story of course!
The Case of another Mysterious Medieval Castle is now solved! Find out what castle this is and read some of its history and see more pictures of it! Mysterious Medieval Castle Identified
Another mysterious castle picture! A web visitor has sent me this picture of a medieval castle and he wants to know what castle it is. I don't recognize it but maybe somebody out there does. Take a look at a bigger picture of this castle here and maybe you can recognize it. Send me an email if you do!
The case of the Mysterious Medieval Castle Solved! I stumbled upon this castle picture while going through pics on my hard drive. I could not remember where I got it or if it was even real. It looks suspiciously like its photoshopped. I posted to my blog asking for help and after a couple of months I got a reply. Well, the castle is real and quite interesting. Here are more pics and information about this mysterious medieval castle.
New Article: Medieval Castles, Mazes and Labyrinths Many medieval castles have a maze of a labyrinth. This article tells you about some of the famous castles and some of the different types of mazes and labyrinths they had.
New Paper Castle Project: I have created a very nice paper castle project that you can download, print out and make yourself. It is similar to my previous castle seen below. But this one is more complex and more fun, yet still easy to make. And it is of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. My tutorial is here. Make a Paper Neuschwanstein Castle
Ever wondered what it would be like to have your very own Medieval Castle Custom Built? Wonder what it would cost? There is a company in the United States that will build a castle for you. Read more about it here
Project: Here is a nice little project that you can make. It is a paper medieval castle and it comes with all the instructions and drawings so you can print it out and make it yourself. Easy and fun project with a fact sheet that tells all about the parts of a castle. All you need is some glue and some cereal boxes. Make a Medieval Paper Castle
The Ghosts and mysteries of Medieval Castles in America - Yes there are plenty of ghost stories right in north america.
A look at some Medieval Castles in America: You might think that Europe has sole ownership of castles but its not true. There are some amazing medieval castles right here in America. Read the article here: Medieval Castles in America
Medieval Gifts - The Christmas season is over but you can still see my selection of Medieval Gifts. Maybe you want to buy something for yourself to show your medieval flair. My Medieval store has things like tankards, books, posters, medieval christmas music, jewelry and more. Check it out here: Medieval Gifts
Looking for an interesting castle project and pretty good with arts and crafts? Give this wizard castle a try
The Real Dracula Castle is for sale - A whopping price tag of 140 million dollars. Even if I had the money I wouldn't buy this place! I think it would be bad karma. Read more about the famous castle Dracula's Castle is for sale
Beowulf the new movie is set to be released on Nov 16, 2007 It has an all star cast including Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Robin Wright-Penn, and Anthony Hopkins. I have compiled a list of resources about this movie including a link to the official podcast and the official movie trailer. Beowulf the Movie (I have the official movie trailer for you right on this site!)
Got an Extra $4 Million? You can own a real castle in the Austrian Alps Read more...
The Siege of a Real Medieval Castle How Richard the Lion Hearted's Castle was sieged and taken in 1204 AD
The Puzzle of the Mysterious Medieval Chest - (A Real Story)
I received an email from a gentleman looking to identify the castle depicted on this real 13th century medieval chest. Can you identify the castle? Look at more pictures and read the story of the chest here:
The Mysterious Medieval Chest (News Flash!) There have been some insights into this mystery! Read More And see bigger pictures
The Making of a Film In and Around a Real Medieval Castle (A Real Story)
Medieval Castles are an amazing place to film a movie. I recently had the opportunity to interview the director of the History Channel film about the Dark Ages. Much of the film was shot in and around a real medieval castle . Read what the director has to say about the castle and the film. The Medieval Castle and the History Channel Presents The Dark Ages
But A Medieval Castle is....
A Medieval Castle is all of these things and more. When we think of Medieval Castles there is a dark a secretive feeling that we feel. A Medieval Castle was a castle, but it was also a place with a history, a place that had secrets and secret passages. It was a place where tremendous battles were fought to the death by knights.
Let's Take a look at a real Medieval Castle! Here is a model of the Meersburg Castle -
An old legend and a 1548 document say that the creation of this impressive stronghold dates back to the 7th century which means this castle is possibly well over a thousand years old and still in perfect condition. It is located on Lake Constance in Germany.
Inside the Knights Hall - This is a picture I took inside the Hall of the Knights. Of course the electric light was installed many centuries later. See how the windows are arranged to let a good amount of sunlight into the hall. Imagine the knights sitting at the table and making plans for defending against a sieging enemy.
The tale of the Black Knight - Inside this Medieval Castle there is an armory where they have a variety of weapons and armor on display. One of the things that struck me was the size of the armor. It was quite small- as if the knights stood maybe five foot six at their tallest. Here is a picture of one of the suits of armor. It is black so I call it the Black Knights Armor. Do you think there is a story behind this armor? Why was it black? Who was the man who wore it and what deeds did he accomplish? This is a story that I wish the walls of this Medieval Castle could tell.
A picture of some of the weapons in the Armory - One of the biggest things to consider about Medieval Castles is that they were a place of life and death. These vicious polearm weapons show this. A Medieval Castle was built to withstand the onslaught of enemies bent on destruction. Life in a medieval castle was very serious business.