Medieval Castles-

We are not 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...



A Castle

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?



Castles of the world Castles of the World Interactive Google Map

This is such a fun project that I have been working on for a while. It is a google map with the locations of world castles on it. You can look around the world, zoom in on countries, click on a castle icon, and learn more about that particular castle. Fun and pretty neat. It currently has 90 castles on it and I am working on it every day to add more. Castles of the World Interactive Google Map


Will Travels Medieval America - Will is on a quest to build a castle. And as part of this he has embarked on an adventure across America visiting castles, blacksmiths, meaderies, museums and all sorts of medieval places. You can follow along on the adventure! Yes, there are castles in America and Will is visiting them!! Check it out here: Medieval America


New: Goodrich Castle - Partially in ruins and an excellent place to visit with lots of history and events. Sieged over a two month period by a single mortar! Goodrich Castle.



The Unusual stonework of American Castles, Forts and Cathedrals

Americans have been very ingenious when it comes to the stone they have used to build large stone structures. Have you ever heard of a stone called "Green Serpentine". Yup, it exists and it is greeen. Learn more here


Video episode of Medieval America - In this episode of my youtube channel I travel south down the Hudson river toward New York City. Along the Way I stop at four castles: Medieval America Episode 10



Let's take a look at Preston Hall Museum in the Southeast of England. It is a 19th century Manor house that is now an amazing museum.




Hand drawings of Bannerman castle done by Bannerman himself. These are the concept drawings he made in order to get the castle started.






Arizona CastleThe Castles of Arizona - I took a trip to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon. And while researching the state I found that there are some interesting castles there. Well, they aren't of course European fortresses but they are fun and I am glad I visited them. Learn more and see some pics here: The Castles of Arizona




Cranston Street ArmoryThe Cranston Street Armory - It is a fortress in Providence Rhode Island that has been used by the Coast Guard, Military Police and National Gtuard. It was built in 1907 and right now is not being used for need of renovations. Big beautiful building with gorgeous yellow bricks. See more pics here

This is part of my castles of America Project where I travel to various castles and fortresses in America.


Indian Hill Fort This Hill Fort in India had at one time 84 bodies of water that covered 50% of its area. Check out Chittorgarh Castle here




Satellite view of AntarcticaIs there a Medieval Castle ruins in Antarctica? - An imaging satellite has turned up an interesting formation on the northern edge of Antarctica. It looks a lot like the ruins of a castle. I have more about it here. And if you have Google Earth I have the coordinates so you can take a look at it yourself. A medieval castle in Antarctica



Painting of a castleCan 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



Map of castles in WalesCastles in Wales - Nowhere in the world is there a larger concentration of castles than Wales. In a relatively small area there are about a hundred of them. Learn more about them here and I have selected my top ten. The Castles of Wales






Book Exploring English Castles


BOOK REVIEW: Exploring English Castles

Looking for a book all about castles? This book covers two aspects of them. The first aspect is all about them in terms of their architecture, building and history. And the second aspect is all about the magic, wonder and stories about them. Great book.

New: Pictures from Five castles in the UK.


The Parts of a Castle Wall imageCheck out Will's new Youtube Video on Castle Walls. They developed, changed and improved between the 12th and 17th centuries. There is more to a castle wall than just a wall. And if you want to learn more about them I have an article here.


Castle Doors - I have a series of pictures of various castle doors around the world.







Powis CastleNew: Powis CastleThis is a wonderful medieval castle with spectacular gardens and a long history. Stephen, who works at the castle tells us about it.



Belsay Castle ThumbBelsay 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 Fort thumbBinchester 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.







A Roman BallistaSee Pictures and video of the Roman Ballista






Prudhoe Castle thumb 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

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






Book: Cross sections of a castleStephen Biesty's Cross-sections Castle More than one million copies sold worldwide — now revised and updated!
An intimate guide to the inside of a castle and the lives of its residents, this Stephen Biesty classic details the workings of a medieval fortress.



Diorama of a castleNew: Dioramas of Castles - Many Castles often have a nice little diorama depicting the castle. I have an assortment of them here.

Mysterious castle paintingCan 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

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 CastleScarborough 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

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

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

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 CastleMarmaris 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





British Castle Stamp

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



Indian Castle

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

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.


Winnekenni CastleWinnekenni 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 CastleLe 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


Castles: BookNew Book Review: Castles: A history of Fortified Structures Ancient, Medieval and ModernThis 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.




Irish CastleThe Castles of Ireland - I just got back from a trip to Ireland and I visited a whole bunch of castles. They are spectacular.
The Castles of Ireland




A Castle Keep

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.



Mystery castle 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



Himeji Castle ModelNew: Himeji Castle Metal Earth Kit - Fun little project where you put together a miniature metal castle.





Paper CastleNew Paper Castle Project: Hohensalzburg Castle - This is a terrific looking paper castle kit by Schreiber-Bogen.



New Article: Peculiar stories of Medieval Castles - Seeing as many castles have been around for hundreds of years it goes without saying that many of them have some very peculiar stories of things that have happened in them.

Paper CastlePaper 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


Cigar Box Castle


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


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 CastleBelcourt 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




Haunted Castles

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!



Mini CastleIs this a real castle? Can you identify this statue castle? Is it based on a real statue? Bigger pictures here






Fairy Tale CastleNew 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" .
Nine Fairy Tale Castles



Lucknow 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

Medieval castle in Michigan

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


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

Paper CastleNew: 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

Castle plateNEW: 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 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

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




Kimball 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.



Lion and DrawbridgeA 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





Berbisdorf Schloss


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



Example of a Concentric CastleNew 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




Montbrun Castle

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 CastleHarlech 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




View of a castle wallArticle 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 1200-1300This book is available on 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


Shuri Castle

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


Video Tour of a Japanese 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 A Mysterious castleAnother 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 mysterious medieval castle

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.





a Medieval Labyrinth

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

Make a castle out of paper and cardboard

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

Wizard Castle

Make This Wizard's Castle (Cut-Out Models)Looking for an interesting castle project and pretty good with arts and crafts? Give this wizard castle a try




Dracula's Castle

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. Castle ModelLet'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.
Some of the things you would find in this castle would be a medieval living area, a Knights Hall, an Arms Hall, a well-room, a castle dungeon, chapels, guard's walkways and towers, the picturesque fortress garden and the defensible northern bastion, the workroom and death chamber of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, the most popular German poetess who lived in the fortress during her stays at Lake Constance. Can you see what I mean by a Medieval Castle is a place of mystery, secrets and stories?


The Knights Hall

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.




picture I took of the black knight


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.



Cannon and polearms




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.

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