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The Abbaye aux Hommes is an 11th century Romanesque abbey church in Caen, Normandy, known for being William the Conqueror’s gravesite.
Originally built in the 11th Century, Arundel Castle is the historic home of the Dukes of Norfolk and has been continually occupied and renovated over the centuries.
Ashby Castle was a Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War.
Bamburgh Castle is a grand structure which looms high upon a crag overlooking the coast of Northumberland.
Barnard Castle contains the ruins of a Norman stronghold which was later owned by Richard III.
Battle Abbey and Battlefield is an iconic site in England, being the location of the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
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.
Cardiff Castle is a medieval complex comprised of a range of styles and with a diverse history dating back to the Romans.
Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman-built fortification which was in continual use as a military stronghold for over 700 years. Today a number of exhibitions about the history of the castle and the local area are on show within the castle itself.
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.
Castle Rising is a ruined Norman fortification in Norfolk which was once home to Queen Isabella, widow of Edward II and mother of Edward III.
One of the oldest Norman castles in existence, the Chateau de Pirou is picturesque, small and yet well-fortified.
Colchester Castle is a beautifully preserved Norman stronghold with a rich history dating back to Roman times, having been built on the site of the Temple of Claudius.
Corfe Castle is the stunning ruin of a castle which has been everything from a royal residence to a military stronghold and even a prison.
The medieval Dover Castle is one of Britain’s most significant fortresses and has a fascinating and diverse history.
Dudley Castle is a ruined Norman motte and bailey castle which is now open to visitors and also hosts the popular Dudley Zoo within its grounds.
Formerly the home of the Bishops of Durham, Durham Castle dates back to the 11th Century.
Fortheringhay Castle was the birthplace of Richard III and site of execution of Mary Queen of Scots
Glastonbury Abbey is one of the most important historic abbeys in Britain and the legendary burial place of King Arthur.
Goodrich Castle is a picturesque Norman ruin in Herefordshire that was the site of a bitter siege during the English Civil War.
Hastings Castle was one of the first Norman castles to be built in England.
A picturesque Norman abbey which was partly destroyed during the French Revolution, Jumièges ranks among the most beautiful ruins in France.
Kenilworth Castle is a former medieval stronghold and royal palace, most famed as the home of Elizabeth’s beloved Robert Dudley.
Kidwelly Castle is a Norman masterpiece which still stands majestically in the calm Welsh countryside as a reminder of the tumultuous Anglo-Welsh past.
King Johns Palace is a ruined Norman townhouse built around 1180AD, the remains of which are now open to the public.
Leeds Castle in Kent was a twelfth century stronghold which has since served as a royal palace, a prison and as a stately home.
Lincoln Cathedral is an imposing medieval structure with a history dating back to Norman times.
Ludlow Castle, the finest of medieval ruined castles, set in glorious Shropshire countryside, at the heart of this superb, bustling black
Described as the most pleasant spot in Wales, Manorbier is a well preserved medieval castle located on the Welsh coast in Pembrokeshire.
Monreale Cathedral is a twelfth century church near Palermo and an excellent example of Norman architecture.
An imposing rocky outcrop in Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel is the site of a stunning Romanesque Abbey, medieval church and historic battlements.
Okehampton Castle was once Devon’s largest castle and was listed in the Doomsday Book.
Palazzo dei Normanni is a Norman palace expanded from a ninth century Islamic building.
Palermo Cathedral dates back to Norman times and was the site of coronations and royal burials.
Pevensey Castle is a picturesque ruin of a medieval castle built in the place where William the Conqueror landed in 1066.
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.
Portchester Castle has been a Roman fort, a Norman keep and even a wartime prison.
Restormel Castle was a 13th century castle in Cornwall, the pretty ruins of which are well preserved.
Rouen Cathedral is the site where Richard the Lion Heart’s heart is buried.
In existence since 1069, Selby Abbey has been used for worship for over 900 years. In the heart of Yorkshire and often known as the hidden gem of the county, it is not especially well known despite being unmatched in its beauty and archaic stance.
St Mary’s Abbey is a picturesque ruined Benedictine abbey in York, located in York Museum Gardens.
The Bayeux Tapestry Museum holds the famous embroidered account of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
The Tower of London is a famous fortress and prison originally commissioned by the first Norman king, William the Conqueror.
Westminster Abbey is an iconic medieval structure and the site of many historic royal events, from coronations and weddings to burials.
Whitby Abbey is a picturesque cliff-top ruin of the 13th century church which belonged to a Benedictine abbey in Yorkshire.
Windsor Castle is the oldest occupied castle in the world and the official home of the Queen.
The York City Walls are England’s most intact set of city walls and one of the city’s most popular attractions.