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The castles of the world are some of the most popular historic sites on the planet. The list of world castles is as varied as it is long and contains everything from world famous castles to hidden castles and ruined castles which are now but a shadow of their former glory.

The castles that we know today really began appearing from around 800-1000AD in Europe. As more countries took on a feudal structure, local lords and nobles began building castles to secure their hold over their particularl fiefdom. Later, castles began to be constructed in a more connected fashion, by increasingly-powerful kings developing more cohesive military systems – a good example of this trend was seen after the Norman conquest of England in 1066AD.

Castles were used to secure a military hold over an area as well as providing a base to both defend and launch attacking raids in un-subdued territory. However, these fortifications were also used as status symbols, grand residences and even became vital administrative centres. In time, castles sprang up throughout Europe and, with the advent of the Crusades, castles were increasingly common in the Middle East and North Africa.

However, the development of gunpowder-based weaponry – particularly artillery – meant that the military importance of the castle declined and soon castles became militarily defunct. However, the cachet associated with castles remained and many of the wealthier classes continued to build castles as grand private homes, ensuring that the list of castles of the world we have today kept growing throughout the centuries.

Nowadays, castle enthusiasts can explore castles in many different countries. The list of castles of the world is immense and can be fascinating to explore. Indeed, the castles of the world appeal to both family day trippers, casual travellers and ardent historians alike, making castles some of the most popular tourist attractions.

We’ve pulled together a list of some of the most interesting castles around the world as well as some of the biggest castles and the most famous castles in the world. Our list of world castles continues to grow and you can explore using the world castles map above or the list of world castles below. Click on each castle for further information, map location, directions and entry details.

Castles of the World | World Castle List : Editor's Picks

  • Schwerin Castle 1. Schwerin Castle
    Schwerin Castle is a picturesque palace and once the home of the dukes of Mecklenburg.
    Photo by saturn ♄ (cc)

  • Leeds Castle 2. Leeds Castle
    Leeds Castle in Kent was a 12th century stronghold which has since served as a royal palace, a prison and as a stately home.
    Photo by dicktay2000 (cc)

  • Krak des Chevaliers 3. Krak des Chevaliers
    Perhaps the best preserved example of a Crusader fortress in existence today, the magnificent fortress of Krak des Chevaliers is a stunning example of Medieval military architecture.

  • Castel del Monte 4. Castel del Monte
    Ranking high on any list of castles of the world, Castel del Monte is an impressive 13th century fortified palace of Frederick II listed by UNESCO.
    Photo by tatto.be (cc)

  • Portchester Castle 5. Portchester Castle
    One of the oldest castles in the world, Portchester Castle has been a Roman fort, a Norman keep and even a wartime prison.
    Photo by scalespeeder (cc)

Castles of the World | World Castle List: Site Index

  • Aalborghus Castle Aalborghus Castle
    Aalborghus Castle is a 16th century castle in northern Denmark which includes the fascinating old dungeons.
    Photo by Västgöten (cc)

  • Acton Burnell Castle Acton Burnell Castle
    Acton Burnell Castle is a picturesque ruined English manor and castle near Shrewsbury.
    Photo by BrianTaylor42 (cc)

  • Ajlun Castle Ajlun Castle
    A grand medieval castle commissioned by Saladin, Ajlun Castle is an excellent example of Ayyubid-era fortifications which is now a tourist attraction and museum.
    Photo by Dale Gillard (cc)

  • Akershus Fortress Akershus Fortress
    Akershus Fortress in Olso has been a vital stronghold and royal residence since the fourteenth century.
    Photo by lyng883 (cc)

  • Alanya Castle Alanya Castle
    With Hellenistic foundations, this magnificent Seljuk ruin sits atop a 250m high peninsular overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
    Photo by Eaglestein (cc)

  • Alcazaba Fortress Alcazaba Fortress
    Merida's Alcazaba Fortress was a castle fortress built in the middle of the 9th century of which only part remains today.
    Photo by Enrique__ (cc)

  • Alcazar of Segovia Alcazar of Segovia
    Ranking among the most famous castles in the world, the Alcazar of Segovia is an imposing medieval fortress turned royal palace.
    Photo by Alaskan Dude (cc)

  • Alnwick Castle Alnwick Castle
    Ever wanted to head to Hogwarts? Why not visit Alnwick Castle? This historic site in Northumberland is home to the Harry Potter Franchise and is one of the largest castles in England.
    Photo by thetejon (cc)

  • Amalienborg Slot Amalienborg Slot
    One of many fascinating Nordic castles, Amalienborg Slot is an 18th century royal palace in north Copenhagen.
    Photo by caspermoller (cc)

  • Anadolu Hisari Anadolu Hisari
    Anadolu Hisari was built by the Ottoman Sultan Beyazid I in 1395 and is among many Ottoman castles that is definitely worth visiting today.
    Photo by salihigde (cc)

  • Arsuf Arsuf
    Perhaps one of the lesser known castles of the world, Arsuf is an amazing Crusader castle once occupied by the Knights Hospitaller.
    Photo by אסף.צ (cc)

  • Arundel Castle Arundel Castle
    Ranking high on any list of castles of the world, the 11th century Arundel Castle is the historic home of the Dukes of Norfolk and has been continually occupied and renovated over the centuries.
    Photo by Chris. P (cc)

  • Ashby Castle Ashby Castle
    One of the most beatuful castle ruins in the UK, Ashby Castle was a Royalist stronghold destroyed after the English Civil War.
    Photo by lizjones112 (cc)

  • Baba Vida Fortress Baba Vida Fortress
    Baba Vida Fortress is one of the most - if not actually the most - well-preserved medieval castles in Bulgaria.

  • Balmoral Castle Balmoral Castle
    Ranking among the most famous castles in the world, Balmoral Castle has been the official Highlands home of the British royals since Queen Victoria.
    Photo by Bert Kaufmann (cc)

  • Bamburgh Castle Bamburgh Castle
    One of many castles around the world with a rich history, Bamburgh Castle is a grand structure which looms high upon a crag overlooking the coast of Northumberland.
    Photo by llewellyn_jenkins (cc)

  • Barnard Castle Barnard Castle
    Barnard Castle contains the ruins of a Norman stronghold which was later owned by Richard III.
    Photo by yashima (cc)

  • Beaumaris Castle Beaumaris Castle
    Beaumaris Castle was to be the largest of King Edward’s iron ring of castles intended to encircle Wales.
    Photo by lyng883 (cc)

  • Berat Berat
    Berat is a popular historic town in Albania containing an impressive 13th century castle which looms above the town.
    Photo by etrusko25 (cc)

  • Berkeley Castle Berkeley Castle
    Berkeley Castle was originally built nearly 1,000 years ago, but since then has undergone a number of changes and has been the site of many interesting – and sometimes bloody – events.
    Photo by hartjeff12 (cc)

  • Berkhamsted Castle Berkhamsted Castle
    Berkhamsted Castle was a medieval stronghold, the ruins of which lie in Berkhamsted, Herts, UK.
    Photo by stephenrwalli (cc)

  • Berwick Castle Berwick Castle
    Berwick Castle was a medieval castle, the ruins of which are located in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland.
    Photo by Philandthehounds (cc)

  • Bishop's Waltham Palace Bishop's Waltham Palace
    The ruins of the medieval Bishop’s Waltham Palace and castle can be seen in Hampshire, UK.
    Photo by Charles D P Miller (cc)

  • Blarney Castle Blarney Castle
    Blarney Castle is a 15th century stone castle in Cork, Ireland, and is home to the famous Blarney Stone.
    Photo by Sean MacEntee (cc)

  • Bodiam Castle Bodiam Castle
    Perhaps one of England’s best known moated castles, Bodiam Castle was built in 1385. The castle suffered during the English Civil War and was restored before being bequeathed to the National Trust. It now ranks among the most beautiful castles in the world.
    Photo by Ryan Lea (cc)

  • Bodrum Castle Bodrum Castle
    Bodrum Castle in Turkey is a fifteenth century citadel built by Christian knights and houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
    Photo by HBarrison (cc)

  • Bojnice Castle Bojnice Castle
    One of the oldest castles in the world, Bojnice Castle is said to be Slovakia's most romantic castle, and has a history dating to the twelth century.
    Photo by tokarcik.tomas (cc)

  • Bolsover Castle Bolsover Castle
    Once the site of a medieval fortress before its replacement with an ornate 17th century manor house, Bolsover Castle is today run by English Heritage.
    Photo by Philandthehounds (cc)

  • Borgholm Castle Borgholm Castle
    Borgholm Castle is a picturesque ruined medieval castle on the Swedish island of Öland which is now a popular tourist attraction.
    Photo by Håkan Dahlström (cc)

  • Bothwell Castle Bothwell Castle
    A ruined medieval stronghold near Glasgow, Bothwell Castle played a key role in the Scottish Wars of Independence.
    Photo by Bert Kaufmann (cc)

  • Bran Castle Bran Castle
    Oddly linked to the myth of Dracula, Bran Castle is an impressive medieval fortification in Romania which actually has very little to do with the famous vampire legend. Still worth a visit though.
    Photo by kyletaylor (cc)

  • Broughton Castle Broughton Castle
    Situated on the border of Oxfordshire, Broughton Castle is surrounded by a three acre moat, and set amongst the scenic parkland of Broughton park.
    Photo by Andrew Gatt (cc)

  • Buda Castle Buda Castle
    One of the biggest castles in the world, Buda Castle is a vast palace in Budapest’s Castle Quarter housing a series of museums including the National Gallery.
    Photo by Jorge Lascar (cc)

  • Burg Rheinfels Burg Rheinfels
    Among the more picturesque of the world’s castles, Burg Rheinfels was an imposing medieval fort, the dramatic ruins of which lie in St Goar in Germany.
    Photo by Her Own Journey (cc)

  • Burgkloster Burgkloster
    The Burgkloster was a medieval monastery and castle turned poorhouse, court and Nazi prison.
    Photo by froutes (cc)

  • Byblos Byblos
    Byblos is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, and contains a twelth century Crusader castle.
    Photo by JamesGallagher (ciotog) (cc)

  • Caerlaverock Castle Caerlaverock Castle
    Set in truly jaw-dropping Scottish countryside, Caerlaverock Castle was an important fortification, providing defence for the Scottish crown in a period of deep rooted rivalry with England.
    Photo by Paul Stevenson (cc)

  • Caernarfon Castle Caernarfon Castle
    One of many castles of the world that is now popular with tourists, Caernarfon Castle is a stunning medieval stronghold in Wales built by Edward I.
    Photo by andrew_j_w (cc)

  • Caerphilly Castle Caerphilly Castle
    Caerphilly Castle is a vast thirteenth century Anglo-Norman stronghold built to defend against Welsh prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. Certainly ranking high among any list of the most picturesque castles of the world.
    Photo by Rob the moment (cc)

  • Camber Castle Camber Castle
    Camber Castle is a huge 16th century castle and fortification built by famous English king Henry VIII.
    Photo by The Integer Club (cc)

  • Carcassonne Carcassonne
    Near the top of any list of world castles, Carcassonne is a UNESCO listed fortified town in France with a history dating back to before the Roman era.
    Photo by lorentey (cc)

  • Cardiff Castle Cardiff Castle
    One of the oldest castles in the world, Cardiff Castle is a medieval complex with a diverse history dating back to the Romans.
    Photo by Charles D P Miller (cc)

  • Carrickfergus Castle Carrickfergus Castle
    Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman-built fortification which was in continual use as a military stronghold for over 700 years.
    Photo by donnamarijne (cc)

  • Castel Sant Angelo Castel Sant Angelo
    Castel Sant Angelo was the tomb of the Roman Emperor Hadrian later used as a mediecal castle.
    Photo by edwin.11 (cc)

  • Castell de Bellver Castell de Bellver
    Castell de Bellver is a striking 14th century citadel near Palma in Majorca.
    Photo by Vvillamon (cc)

  • Castello di San Michele Castello di San Michele
    Castello di San Michele is a medieval castle turned luxury home, hospital and museum.
    Photo by cristianocani (cc)

  • Castelo de Almourol Castelo de Almourol
    The Castle of Almourol is a medieval castle built by the Knights Templar on an islet in the Tagus River.

  • Castelo dos Mouros Castelo dos Mouros
    One of the oldest castles in the world, Castelo dos Mouros is a picturesque ruined castle with a history dating back to the eighth century.
    Photo by Morgaine (cc)

  • Castelvecchio Museum Castelvecchio Museum
    Castelvecchio Museum and Fortress is a fourteenth century medieval castle which now hosts a fine art gallery and museum.
    Photo by grongar (cc)

  • Castillo de Chapultepec Castillo de Chapultepec
    Chapultepec Castle was once the home of Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg and now houses Mexico’s National History Museum
    Photo by paulinaclemente (cc)

  • Castillo de San Andres Castillo de San Andres
    Castillo de San Andres is the pretty ruin of an 18th, perhaps 17th, century fortification in Tenerife.

  • Castillo de San Jose Castillo de San Jose
    Castillo de San Jose is a dramatic cliff-top eighteenth century fort built to protect Lanzarote’s main port from pirate attacks.
    Photo by LANZATE (cc)

  • Castle Acre Priory Castle Acre Priory
    Castle Acre Priory was an eleventh century monastery built on a former castle site and dissolved by King Henry VIII.
    Photo by dumbledad (cc)

  • Castle Drogo Castle Drogo
    Castle Drogo is an early 20th century country home constructed in the style of a mediaeval castle. This impressive building is now owned by the National Trust and open to visitors.
    Photo by dumbledad (cc)

  • Castle Keep Castle Keep
    Castle Keep in Newcastle upon Tyne is one of the city’s most famous attractions and one of the best preserved Norman fortifications in the country.
    Photo by LHOON (cc)

  • Castle of Good Hope Castle of Good Hope
    An example of the reach of European castle architecture, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa.

  • Castle of the Knights - Kos Castle of the Knights - Kos
    One of many surviving Crusader castles, the Castle of the Knights in Kos was the one of the fortifications of the Knights Hospitaller.
    Photo by Lars Plougmann (cc)

  • Chateau de Chillon Chateau de Chillon
    Castle Chillon is a beautiful fort using Lake Geneva and a moat created between a small island and the mainland for defense.

  • Chateau de Prangins Chateau de Prangins
    Chateau de Prangins is an eighteenth century French style castle and home to one of the branches of the Swiss National Museum.
    Photo by Dirty S (cc)

  • Citadel of Salah Ed-Din Citadel of Salah Ed-Din
    The Citadel of Salah Ed-Din is a Crusader castle situated in Syria which was captured by Saladin and is now a World Heritage site.
    Photo by peuplier (cc)

  • Clifford’s Tower Clifford’s Tower
    One of many castles of the world that is now popular with tourists, Clifford’s Tower is a 13th century castle with a diverse history.
    Photo by fw190a8 (cc)

  • Colchester Castle Colchester Castle
    A beautifully preserved Norman stronghold with a rich history dating back to Roman times, Colchester Castle was built on the site of the Temple of Claudius.
    Photo by Annie Mole (cc)

  • Conwy Castle Conwy Castle
    Conwy Castle was one of a ring of medieval strongholds encircling Wales built by King Edward I.
    Photo by cyesuta (cc)

  • Corfe Castle Corfe Castle
    Among the most picturesque of the world’s castles, Corfe Castle is the stunning ruin of a former royal residence, military stronghold and prison.
    Photo by Robert Brook (cc)

  • Craigmillar Castle Craigmillar Castle
    One of many castles around the world with a rich history, Craigmillar Castle once played host to Mary Queen of Scots.
    Photo by conskeptical (cc)

  • Crichton Castle Crichton Castle
    Crichton Castle is a distinctive 14th century castle.
    Photo by Hotfield (cc)

  • Denbigh Castle Denbigh Castle
    Just a ruin today, Denbigh Castle is one of the ring of castles which was built by King Edward I in order to establish his dominance over Wales.

  • Devin Castle Devin Castle
    One of the oldest castles in the world, Devin Castle overlooks the Danube and the border between Slovakia and Austria and its site has a history stretching back to Roman times.

  • Dirleton Castle Dirleton Castle
    Dirleton Castle was an imposing medieval fortress and noble residence, which is now a picturesque ruin not far from Edinburgh.
    Photo by PhillipC (cc)

  • Dover Castle Dover Castle
    Ranking high on any list of castles of the world, the medieval Dover Castle is one of Britain’s most significant fortresses and has a fascinating history.

  • Dublin Castle Dublin Castle
    Among the most famous castles in the world, Dublin Castle has been everything from a fortification and royal home to a gunpowder storage facility and a prison.
    Photo by infomatique (cc)

  • Dumbarton Castle Dumbarton Castle
    Dumbarton Castle served as a wartime prison, a royal shelter and a defence against both foreign and local threats.
    Photo by baaker2009 (cc)

  • Dunstaffnage Castle Dunstaffnage Castle
    Dunstaffnage Castle is a medieval stronghold once captured by Robert the Bruce.
    Photo by gorriti (cc)

  • Dunstanburgh Castle Dunstanburgh Castle
    Dunstanburgh Castle was a 14th century fortress, the striking ruins of which can be found on Northumberland’s coast.
    Photo by Glen Bowman (cc)

  • Durham Castle Durham Castle
    Formerly the home of the Bishops of Durham, Durham Castle dates back to the eleventh century.
    Photo by Nick Bramhall (cc)

  • Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle
    Near the top of any world castles list, Edinburgh Castle is a medieval fortress and royal castle turned national monument and World Heritage site.
    Photo by Bernt Rostad (cc)

  • Fagaras Fortress Fagaras Fortress
    Fagaras Fortress is an imposing 14th century stronghold in Transylvania.
    Photo by Nicolai Bangsgaard (cc)

  • Fil’akovo Castle Fil’akovo Castle
    Fil’akovo Castle is a medieval site on the current Slovak-Hungarian border and the former frontier of the Ottoman Empire.

  • Fotheringhay Castle Fotheringhay Castle
    One of many castles around the world with a rich history, Fortheringhay Castle was the birthplace of Richard III and site of execution of Mary Queen of Scots.
    Photo by Iain Simpson (cc)

  • Framlingham Castle Framlingham Castle
    Framlingham Castle is an impressive twelth century fortified castle in Suffolk, UK.
    Photo by offwhitehouse (cc)

  • Frederiksborg Slot Frederiksborg Slot
    Frederiksborg Slot is a restored 16th century royal palace in Denmark and the site of the National History Museum.
    Photo by caspermoller (cc)

  • Gediminas Tower Gediminas Tower
    Gediminas Tower is an iconic fortified tower and the sole remaining part of the Upper Castle of Vilnius.
    Photo by blue_quartz (cc)

  • Glamis Castle Glamis Castle
    A magnificent castle in Glamis, Scotland, the French chateau styling and the historic setting provides an excellent day out.
    Photo by Glen Bowman (cc)

  • Godolphin House Godolphin House
    Godolphin House is a Cornish stately home built in the castle style by the Godolphin family, who were prominent in the reign of Queen Anne.
    Photo by Tim Green aka atoach (cc)

  • Goodrich Castle Goodrich Castle
    Goodrich Castle is a picturesque Norman ruin in Herefordshire, UK, that was the site of a bitter siege during the English Civil War.
    Photo by pmorgan67 (cc)

  • Grandmasters Palace - Rhodes Grandmasters Palace - Rhodes
    Ranking among the most famous castles in the world, the Grandmasters Palace of Rhodes was the base of the Knights Hospitaller of St John.
    Photo by stefanedberg (cc)

  • Grandmasters Palace - Valletta Grandmasters Palace - Valletta
    The Grandmasters Palace in Valletta has been the seat of power in Malta since the 16th century.
    Photo by UweF (cc)

  • Gruyeres Castle Gruyeres Castle
    Gruyeres Castle is a picturesque medieval castle which was the seat of nobility for centuries.
    Photo by Olivier Bruchez (cc)

  • Hailes Castle Hailes Castle
    Hailes Castle was a medieval stronghold, the pretty ruins of which date back mostly to the 14th century.
    Photo by SidewaysSarah (cc)

  • Hame Castle Hame Castle
    Hame Castle is a medieval site which has served as everything from a royal residence to a prison and evena granary.

  • Hammershus Castle Hammershus Castle
    Among the larger castles of the world, Hammershus Castle was a medieval fortress, the vast ruins of which lie on the island of Bornholm.
    Photo by Peter hellraizer madsen (cc)

  • Harlech Castle Harlech Castle
    One of many castles of the world that is now a popular tourist attraction, Harlech Castle is a dramatic medieval stronghold and one the castles built by Edward I in his conquest of Wales.
    Photo by A Roger Davies (cc)

  • Hastings Castle Hastings Castle
    One of the oldest castles in the world, Hastings Castle was one of the first Norman castles to be built in England.
    Photo by Stephen Fulljames (cc)

  • Helmsley Castle Helmsley Castle
    Helmsley Castle was a twelth century castle in York and the site of a dramatic siege during the English Civil War.
    Photo by Dave602 (cc)

  • Hohensalzburg Fortress Hohensalzburg Fortress
    One of the biggest castles in the world, Hohensalzburg Fortress is a vast 11th century citadel in Salzburg, Austria.
    Photo by Anthony J (cc)

  • Holstentor Holstentor
    Holstentor is a picturesque medieval gate which houses the city museum of Lubeck. UNESCO listed.
    Photo by mar.krebs (cc)

  • Hunedoara Castle Hunedoara Castle
    Hunedoara Castle in Romania was a medieval fortress turned royal palace.
    Photo by Cernavoda (cc)

  • Hylton Castle Hylton Castle
    Hylton Castle was the private home of a wealthy family in Medieval England.
    Photo by Craigy144 (cc)

  • Kalmar Castle Kalmar Castle
    Kalmar Castle is a fortified castle in Sweden which dates back to the 12th century.
    Photo by access.denied (cc)

  • Kastelholm Castle Kastelholm Castle
    Kastelholm Castle is a medieval castle located on the Åland Islands and once home to King Gustav I, often thought of as the founder of modern Sweden.
    Photo by Leo-seta (cc)

  • Kenilworth Castle Kenilworth Castle
    An interesting entry on any list of world castles, Kenilworth Castle is a former medieval stronghold and royal palace, most famed as the home of Elizabeth’s beloved Robert Dudley.
    Photo by i_am_markh (cc)

  • Kerak Castle Kerak Castle
    An impressive 12th century Crusader castle in Jordan, the remains of the fortification of Kerak are an awesome and slightly forbidding sight even today.
    Photo by archer10 (Dennis) (cc)

  • Kidwelly Castle Kidwelly Castle
    Kidwelly Castle is a Norman masterpiece which still stands majestically in the calm Welsh countryside as a reminder of the tumultuous Anglo-Welsh past.
    Photo by pjo18 (cc)

  • Kolossi Castle Kolossi Castle
    Kolossi Castle was a fortification of the Knights Hospitallers built in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 15th century.
    Photo by Spixey (cc)

  • Konigstein Fortress Konigstein Fortress
    Konigstein Fortress in Dresden has been everything from a stronghold to a World War II prisoner of war camp.
    Photo by rs-foto (cc)

  • Kronborg Slot Kronborg Slot
    Ranking among the most famous castles in the world, Kronborg Slot is a 15th century UNESCO-list castle in Denmark and the setting for Shakespeare’s 'Hamlet’.
    Photo by archer10 (Dennis) (cc)

  • Linlithgow Palace Linlithgow Palace
    Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and host to most of the Stuart kings.
    Photo by DaGoaty (cc)

  • Lochleven Castle Lochleven Castle
    Lochleven Castle was a medieval stronghold most renowned for being the prison of Mary Queen of Scots.
    Photo by kyz (cc)

  • Ludgershall Castle Ludgershall Castle
    Ludgershall Castle was a medieval royal castle and hunting lodge, of which only ruins and earthworks remain.
    Photo by DaveOnFlickr (cc)

  • Ludlow Castle Ludlow Castle
    Ludlow Castle, the finest of medieval ruined castles, set in glorious Shropshire countryside, at the heart of this superb, bustling black
    Photo by shellac (cc)

  • Maiden Castle Maiden Castle
    One of the oldest castle sites in the world, Maiden Castle is vast, well preserved Iron Age hill fort in Dorchester.
    Photo by treehouse1977 (cc)

  • Malbork Castle Malbork Castle
    One of the largest castles in the world, Malbork Castle in northern Poland was the medieval fortified castle of the Teutonic Knights.
    Photo by Jeroen Fossaert (cc)

  • Manorbier Castle Manorbier Castle
    Described as the most pleasant spot in Wales, Manorbier is a well preserved medieval castle located on the Welsh coast in Pembrokeshire.
    Photo by Robbo-Man (cc)

  • Marbella Castle Walls Marbella Castle Walls
    The Marbella Castle Walls were once part of an impressive Moorish citadel built in the 10th century.

  • Middleham Castle Middleham Castle
    An important English castle, Middleham Castle was the childhood home of King Richard III.
    Photo by sobolevnrm (cc)

  • Montezuma Castle Montezuma Castle
    Among the lesser-known castles of the world, and somewhat unconventional for the category, Montezuma Castle is a 12th century cliff dwelling in Arizona.
    Photo by subarcticmike (cc)

  • Mystras Mystras
    Mystras is an archaeological site in Greece housing the remains of a city built around a 13th century castle.
    Photo by byrdiegyrl (cc)

  • Nea Pafos Nea Pafos
    Nea Pafos is an archaeological site near Paphos which contains the Castle of Forty Columns, a Byzantine fortification constructed in the seventh century AD.

  • Neuschwanstein Castle Neuschwanstein Castle
    A fairy-tale castle built for an introverted and reclusive king, Neuschwanstein Castle’s idyllic mountainous setting attracts millions of tourists.
    Photo by K.Hob (cc)

  • Nuremberg Castle Nuremberg Castle
    Ranking among the most famous castles in the world, Nuremberg Castle is a medieval castle where Holy Roman Emperors would reside.

  • Okehampton Castle Okehampton Castle
    Okehampton Castle was once Devon’s largest castle and was listed in the Doomsday Book.
    Photo by andreweland (cc)

  • Orava Castle Orava Castle
    Near the top of any list of world castles, Orava Castle is one of Slovakia’s most famous castles and was featured in the 1922 film "Nosferatu".

  • Orford Castle Orford Castle
    Orford Castle was a twelth century fortified castle built during the reign of King Henry II.
    Photo by jonboy mitchell (cc)

  • Paderne Castle Paderne Castle
    Paderne Castle was a Moorish stronghold later taken by the forces of King Afonso III.

  • Paphos Castle Paphos Castle
    One of many castles of the world that is now popular with tourists, Paphos Castle is a medieval fortification in Paphos Harbour.

  • Peles Castle Peles Castle
    Peles Castle was the summer home of Romania’s first king, Carol I.

  • Pevensey Castle Pevensey Castle
    An interesting entry on any list of world castles, Pevensey Castle is a picturesque ruin of a medieval castle built where William the Conqueror landed in 1066.
    Photo by Pengannel (cc)

  • Pontefract Castle Pontefract Castle
    Originally a Norman structure, Pontefract castle played an increasingly important role in English Royal history for over 500 years. Today it lies in ruins but has much for visitors to enjoy, including its underground dungeons.
    Photo by Tim Green (cc)

  • Powis Castle Powis Castle
    Powis Castle was built by Welsh princes in the early 13th century and has maintained much of its exterior grandeur.
    Photo by jones716 (cc)

  • Prague Castle Prague Castle
    Prague Castle dates back to the 9th century and is reportedly the largest castle in the world and a focal point of Czech history .
    Photo by priittammets (cc)

  • Qasr Amra Qasr Amra
    One of the oldest castles in the world, Qasr Amra is a UNESCO-listed 8th century desert castle in Jordan.

  • Raglan Castle Raglan Castle
    Certainly ranking high among any list of the most picturesque castles of the world, Raglan Castle is the dramatic ruin of a 15th century castle destroyed in the English Civil War.
    Photo by Steve Slater (Wildlife Encounters) (cc)

  • Ragnhildsholmen Ragnhildsholmen
    Ragnhildsholmen is an early medieval castle ruin, representing all that remains of a 13th century border fortress.

  • Raseborg Castle Raseborg Castle
    Raseborg Castle is a ruined medieval castle in southern Finland first mentioned in writing in 1378.

  • Restormel Castle Restormel Castle
    An interesting entry on any list of world castles, Restormel Castle was a 13th century castle in Cornwall, the pretty ruins of which are well preserved.
    Photo by Darren Shilson (cc)

  • Rhuddlan Castle Rhuddlan Castle
    Rhuddlan Castle was one of the iron ring of strongholds built by Edward I in his conquest of Wales.
    Photo by ParkerDigital (cc)

  • Richborough Roman Fort Richborough Roman Fort
    Richborough Roman Fort in Kent marks the site where the Romans successfully invaded Britain in 43 AD.
    Photo by trenchdroid (cc)

  • Rosenborg Slot Rosenborg Slot
    Ranking high on any list of castles of the world, Rosenborg Slot is a 17th century royal palace in Copenhagen in Denmark.

  • Rothesay Castle Rothesay Castle
    Rothesay Castle is a distinctive medieval ruin with strong links to the royal Stewart dynasty.
    Photo by dun_deagh (cc)

  • Sagunto Castle Sagunto Castle
    Sagunto Castle was a large Moorish citadel, the impressive remains of which overlook the modern town.

  • Salses Fortress Salses Fortress
    Salses Fortress is an impressive medieval fortress in Plateau de Rousillon in France.

  • Sandal Castle Sandal Castle
    One of many castles around the world with a rich history, Sandal Castle was the site of an important battle in the Wars of the Roses.

  • Shirvanshahs’ Palace Shirvanshahs’ Palace
    Shirvanshahs’ Palace is a 15th century castle complex in Baku in Azerbaijan.

  • Sigiriya Sigiriya
    Sigiriya is a vast rock used over time as a Buddhist monastery and as a 5th century royal fortress.

  • Silves Castle Silves Castle
    An interesting entry on any world castles list, Silves Castle is an imposing Moorish stronghold.

  • Spis Castle Spis Castle
    One of the biggest castles in the world, Spis Castle is Slovakia’s most famous castle ruin.

  • St Fagans National History Museum St Fagans National History Museum
    St Fagans National History Museum is a unique open-air museum of the history of Wales.
    Photo by archangel 12 (cc)

  • St George’s Castle St George’s Castle
    St George’s Castle in Lisbon is a medieval castle which once served as a royal palace.

  • Stirling Castle Stirling Castle
    Ranking among the best castles in the world, Stirling Castle is an iconic royal palace, a medieval stronghold and a focal point for many of the most important events in Scotland’s history.

  • Suomenlinna Fortress Suomenlinna Fortress
    Ranking among the most famous castles in the world, Suomenlinna Fortress is an impressive, UNESCO-listed 18th century maritime fortification.

  • Syracuse Archaeological Site Syracuse Archaeological Site
    The Syracuse Archaeological Site contains the impressive remains of an ancient city including a fort known as the Castle of Euryalus.

  • Tantallon Castle Tantallon Castle
    Tantallon Castle was the imposing medieval stronghold of an influential Scottish family.
    Photo by Sandy__R (cc)

  • Tematin Castle Tematin Castle
    Tematin Castle is a picturesque ruined medieval fortress near the modern towns of Hrádok and Lúka in Slovakia.

  • Teotihuacan Teotihuacan
    Though not seen as standard for a traditional world castles list, Teotihuacan contains a number of castle fortresses.
    Photo by Darij & Ana (cc)

  • Thornbury Castle Thornbury Castle
    Thornbury Castle is an original Tudor manor house which once played host to King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
    Photo by Simon Pielow (cc)

  • Toompea Castle Toompea Castle
    Toompea Castle in Tallinn has been a military and administrative stronghold for hundreds of years and now contains the Estonian Parliament - an interesting entry on any list of world castles.

  • Trencin Castle Trencin Castle
    Among the more striking of the world’s castles, Trencin Castle was the main seat of aristocrat Matus Cak, Lord of the Vah and the Tatras.

  • Tsarevets Castle Tsarevets Castle
    Tsarevets Castle in Veliko Tarnovo is a medieval fortress and was the centre of the Second Bulgarian Empire. Today it is open to visitors and also hosts sound and light shows.

  • Tulum Tulum
    Tulum is a cliff-top Maya castle in Mexico’s Quintana Roo region with some interesting and quite well preserved ruins.

  • Turku Castle Turku Castle
    Turku Castle is a large medieval castle in Finland which is said to be Finland’s largest intact medieval building.

  • Tutbury Castle Tutbury Castle
    Tutbury Castle is an imposing medieval site in Staffordshire which had one very famous prisoner, Mary Queen of Scots.
    Photo by steve p2008 (cc)

  • Van Castle Van Castle
    Van Castle was built in the Iron Age as part of the Urartu Kingdom and now stands as a stunning ruin in modern Turkey. Certainly ranks high among any list of picturesque castles of the world.

  • Velia Archaeological Site Velia Archaeological Site
    The Velia Archaeological Site contains an eleventh/twelfth century medieval castle, which is recognisable by its rounded towers and turrets.
    Photo by hanjeanwat (cc)

  • Vianden Castle Vianden Castle
    Vianden Castle in Luxembourg is a picturesque medieval castle which served as the home of the local counts.
    Photo by channone (cc)

  • Vranduk Vranduk
    Vranduk is best known for its medieval castle which once served as the residence fot the fifteenth century Bosnian King Stjepan Tomas.

  • Warwick Castle Warwick Castle
    Built by a king, the seat of a kingmaker and vital stronghold in the Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War, Warwick Castle has played an important role in British history. One of many castles of the world that is now popular with tourists.
    Photo by Peter Broster (cc)

  • Wawel Castle Wawel Castle
    Wawel Castle is an iconic fortified castle complex in Krakow and the former seat of the Polish monarchy.
    Photo by tbertor1 (cc)

  • Windsor Castle Windsor Castle
    Windsor Castle is the oldest occupied castle in the world as well as being one of the biggest castles in the world. It is the official home of the British monarchy.
    Photo by aurélien (cc)

  • Yedikule Zindanlari Yedikule Zindanlari
    Near the top of any list of world castles, Yedikule Zindanlari is an impressive Byzantine and medieval fort in Istanbul.
    Photo by By Ramblurr (cc)

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