When we think of English castles, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are usually the first images that come to mind. The great castles of such romantic legends still proudly dominate much of the English countryside, giving us a glimpse of a fascinating era of British history. The good news is that most are open for exploration and a few are even castle hotels.

Haven’t decided on a hotel yet? Look below and choose one of those castle hotels.

Augill Castle

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Augill Castle is enviably located in the upper reaches of the Eden Valley, and is a mere ten minutes’ drive away from the beautifully picturesque Yorkshire Dales. The castle is very much a family retreat and, as such, the castle owners can offer an informal and relaxed castle experience, creating memories which adults and children alike will never forget.

Bovey Castle

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Bovey Castle is idyllically set in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park, Devon, and is the perfect retreat whatever the occasion. Whether you wish to indulge in a round of golf, a relaxing weekend, a wedding or even an activity break, Bovey is the perfect place for you. Choose from either the Castle, the Lodges or the Rose Cottage for luxury overnight accommodation, which all enjoy a variety of views of the beautiful grounds.

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Coombe Abbey

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This unique property was originally a 12th century Cistercian abbey nestling in England’s historic heartland. Coombe Abbey has been restored to its former glory and combines a taste of history with a sense of luxury. Set within 500 acres of breathtaking parkland, it is the perfect backdrop for all occasions.

Langley Castle

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Built in 1350, during the reign of Edward III, Langley Castle has retained its architectural integrity and is regarded as one of the few Medieval fortified castle hotels in England. The castle offers guests an exclusive center from which to explore Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumbrian countryside and history. With southern Scotland including Edinburgh, the English Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales no more than 2 hours drive away, this is the perfect venue for, private functions or just a getaway weekend.

Lumley Castle

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Originally a 14th century castle standing four square against the winds, Lumley Castle offers a haven of peace and tranquility from the stresses and strains of the outside world. The castle describes itself as ‘no ordinary hotel’ and has every justification for doing so. In terms of quality standards and entertainment, it really is something else.

Swinton Park Castle

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Swinton Park is located in the heart of Yorkshire and is surrounded by the family estate in which guests have access to rivers, reservoirs, moorland, dales and beautiful countryside bordering the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Whilst steeped in history and tradition, the atmosphere at Swinton Park is one of warmth and hospitality, and guests cannot fail but to feel at home in this castle.

The Citadel

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The beauty and tranquillity of little known Shropshire can be fully appreciated at this very unusual property. It stands in a spectacular position overlooking one of the few Grade I landscapes in the country. Castle owner, Sylvia, and her husband, Beverley, enjoy sharing their much loved home, which has wonderful views from every window, and hope guests will have time to stroll round the large garden, where the paths meander around and over a sandstone outcrop.

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Thornbury Castle resonates with history. But step behind the heavy oak doors and you’ll find a magnificent hotel with roaring fires, delicious modern cuisine and sumptuous bedchambers. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once walked the castle’s rooms and grounds. Today, the 500 year-old castle with its beautiful oriel windows, Tudor hall and historic parkland is a place of tranquility, with easy access from London. There has even been a vineyard within the castle walls for over 500 years, from which Thornbury Castle wine is still produced.

Walworth Castle

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Walworth Castle Hotel is splendidly located just outside the market town of Darlington, which has a long industrial history and Quaker origins, in the picturesque County Durham; spectacularly dominated by its 1000 year old cathedral set high above a loop in the River Wear. This colourful castle property offers all guests a chance to experience some true English heritage.