The difference between a Fort and a Castle

The answer is a tentative yes, with qualifiers.The confusion comes in by way of the fact that the definition of "castle" is a bit vague.

But we can take a generalized look at what a castle is and define it as a fortified building.

And a fort is a "fort"ified area.


A Castle is a fortified bulding. It is a strucuture or a set of structures connected together. And a Fort is an area. Inside the area is a series of buildings and surrounding the area is some kind of fortified wall. The wall could be stone or some other material like wood.




The Romans were prodigiouis fort builders and they generally had two major types. The largest was the Legionary fortress which could house 5,000 soldiers. Their smaller version was an auxiliary fort for 100 soldiers. Want to learn more about Roman Forts? I have an article with pictures and more here: The Binchester Roman Fort







Castle Castle (DK Eyewitness Books)

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DK's classic look at the history and structure of castles, now reissued with a CD and wall chart!



The word itself conjures up mystery, romance, intrigue, and grandeur. What could be more perfect for an author/illustrator who has continually stripped away the mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated modern man? With typical zest and wry sense of humor punctuating his drawings, David Macaulay traces the step-by-step planning and construction of both castle and town.


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