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73 Best Castles and Manor Houses in England (Photos)

Incredible collection of the best and most famous English castles, palaces and manor houses in England. These are truly spectacular homes with a great deal of history to them.
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Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle is a medieval castle located in Warwick, a county town of Warwickshire, England. It was originally a wooden motte-and-bailey castle built by William the Conqueror in 1068 that was rebuilt into stone in the 12th century. When it was granted to Sir Fulke Greville by James I in 1604, the castle was converted to a country house owned by the Greville family, who became Earls of Warwick later on. Over its 950 years of history, Warwick Castle has been owned by 36 different individuals and currently in the hands of The Blackstone Group.

About the Warwick Castle

  • Where:  Warwickshire, England
  • When:  10th century
  • Who built it: William the Conqueror
  • Style: Medieval
  • What is it now?  Tourist attraction
  • Current owners:  The Blackstone Group

Wouldn’t it be great to spend a month touring castles and manor houses throughout England?  I’d love to do it.  Actually, I could do it throughout Europe.  England offers a collection of some of the finest castles and manor houses in the world as this incredible photo gallery attests to.  We include the famous and arguably best castles and manor houses, but our list also includes lesser known, but also spectacular options.

Scroll through below to enjoy some of the finest castles and manor homes that England has to offer.  Please note, these are in England only, not Ireland or Scotland, both of which have their own incredible castles and mansions.

Herstmonceux Castle

Herstmonceux Castle

Herstmonceux Castle located in East Sussex, England is a brick-built castle constructed in the 15th century. It is one of the oldest significant brick buildings still standing in England that was erected by the builders from Flanders. Today, the castle is owned by the Queen’s University and serves as a study centre.

About the Herstmonceux Castle

  • Where:  East Sussex, England
  • When:  15th century
  • Who built it: Builders from Flanders
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now?  Study Centre for Queen’s University
  • Current owners:  Queen’s University
Bodium Castle

Bodium Castle

Bodiam Castle was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, with the permission of Richard II, ostensibly to defend the Robertsbridge, East Sussex area against French invasion during the Hundred Years’ War. Bodiam Castle’s possession was passed through several generations of Dalyngrigges, until their line became extinct, and the castle passed by marriage to the Lewknor family. Today, the ownership of the castle is being held by The National Trust and remain in ruins.

About the Bodiam Castle

  • Where:  Robertsbridge, East Sussex, England
  • When:  14th century
  • Who built it: Sir Edward Dalyngrigge
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now?  Still in ruins
  • Current owners:  The National Trust
Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

The Alnwick Castle is a stately home in Alnwick in the English county of Northumberland. It is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, built after the Norman conquest in the 11th century by a Norman nobleman Ivo de Vesci, and was renovated and remodelled a number of times. Currently, the Alnwick Castle is still the house of the Duke of Northumberland and is open to the public throughout the summer.

About the Alnwick Castle

  • Where:  Alnwick, Northumberland, England
  • When:  11th century
  • Who built it: Norman nobleman Ivo de Vesci
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now?  House of the Duke of Northumberland
  • Current owners:  Duke of Northumberland
Alnwick Castle (close-up)

Alnwick Castle (close-up)

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

The Windsor Castle in Windsor, Berkshire, England is a royal residence at Windsor popular for its long association with the English and later British royal family and for its architecture. It was originally built in the 11th century following the Norman invasion of England led by William the Conqueror. Today, the Windsor Castle is in use Queen Elizabeth II in right of the Crown and is open to the public via Limited access.

About the Windsor Castle

  • Where:  Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • When:  11th century
  • Who built it: Sir William Whitfield
  • Style: Gothic style, Georgian architecture, Victorian architecture
  • What is it now?  Royal Residence
  • Current owners:  Queen Elizabeth II
Windsor Castle front view

Windsor Castle front view

Highclere Castle (the home in the TV show Downton Abbey)

Highclere Castle (the home in the TV show Downton Abbey)


The Highclere Castle is a country house in Hampshire, England designed by architect Charles Barry in the Jacobethan style. It was constructed in the 17th century built on the foundations of the original medieval palace of the Bishops of Winchester who owned the estate from the 9th century. Today, the castle serves as the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon, a branch of the Anglo-Welsh Herbert family.

About the Highclere Castle

  • Where:  Hampshire, England
  • When:  17th century
  • Who built it: Architect Charles Barry
  • Style: Jacobethan style / Jacobethan-revival style
  • What is it now?  Seat of the Earl of Carnarvon
  • Current owners:  George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon
Mount Edgcumbe

Mount Edgcumbe

Mount Edgcumbe House is a stately home in south-east Cornwall built by Sir Richard Edgcumbe in the 16th century. It was the principal seat of the Edgcumbe family since Tudor times until the 7th Earl sold the estate to Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council and open the house to the public.

About the Mount Edgcumbe House

  • Where:  Cornwall, England
  • When:  16th century
  • Who built it: Sir Richard Edgcumbe
  • Style: Tudor-gothic style
  • What is it now?  Open to the public
  • Current owners:  Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council
Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle constructed from Norman through to Tudor times has been described by architectural historian Anthony Emery as “the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form and quality of workmanship”. It survived the six-month-long Siege of Kenilworth in 1266, believed to be the longest siege in English history. The castle also underwent many major changes until it was left in ruins and opened to the public by the Town of Kenilworth maintained by the English Heritage.

About the Kenilworth Castle

  • Where:  Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
  • When:  11th century
  • Who built it: Geoffrey de Clinton
  • Style: Medieval architecture / Tudor style
  • What is it now?  Open to the public
  • Current owners:  Town of Kenilworth
Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle

The Arundel Castle located in the Arundel, West Sussex, England is a restored and remodelled medieval castle originally built by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day in the 11th century. It was restored in the 18th and 19th centuries upon getting damaged in the English Civil War. The castle served as a home and has been in the ownership of the family of the Duke of Norfolk for over 400 years that started back in the 11th century.

About the Arundel Castle

  • Where:  Arundel, West Sussex, England
  • When:  11th century
  • Who built it: Roger de Montgomery
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now?  Open to the public
  • Current owners:  Duke of Norfolk
Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle


The Leeds Castle in Kent, England was owned by a Saxon chief called Led or Leed from 857, who built a wooden structure on two islands in the middle of the River Len. The Castle descended through the de Crevecoeur family until it was bought by King Edward I’s Queen, Eleanor of Castile, which became their favorite residence. Today the castle is open to the public maintained by the Leeds Castle Foundation.

About the Leeds Castle

  • Where:  Kent, England
  • When:  11th century
  • Who built it: Robert de Crèvecœur
  • Style: Norman architecture
  • What is it now?  Open to the public
  • Current owners:  Leeds Castle Foundation
Leeds Castle (Aerial View)

Leeds Castle (Aerial View)

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

Hever Castle is located in the village of Hever, Kent and was built in the 13th century as a country house. Constructed by the Boleyns, it became the seat of the Boleyn family for a century. It later came into the possession of King Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves after the latter’s father Thomas Boleyn died. Today it is open to the public maintained by the Broadland Properties Limited.

About the Hever Castle

  • Where:  Hever, Kent, England
  • When:  13th century
  • Who built it: Boleyn family
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now?  Open to the public
  • Current owners:  Broadland Properties Limited
Wray Castle

Wray Castle

Wray Castle located in Claife, South Lakeland, Cumbria is a Victorian neo-gothic building constructed during the 12th century. It was constructed by Liverpudlian surgeon James Dawson using his wife’s fortune. After his death, the property came into possession of several hands and now it is currently open to the public maintained by the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty.

About the Wray Castle

  • Where:  Claife, South Lakeland, Cumbria, England
  • When:  12th century
  • Who built it: Liverpudlian surgeon James Dawson
  • Style: Victorian neo-gothic architecture
  • What is it now?  Open to the public
  • Current owners:  National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty
Lulworth Castle

Lulworth Castle

Lulworth Castle is an early 17th-century mock castle located in East Lulworth, Dorset, England. The castle was built as a hunting lodge by Thomas Howard, 3rd Viscount Howard of Bindon that was completed in the early 17th century. The ownership of the castle came into the possession of Humphrey Weld and his descendents, the Weld family still owned the property.

About the Lulworth Castle

  • Where:  East Lulworth, Dorset, England
  • When:  17th century
  • Who built it: Thomas Howard
  • Style: Mock-gothic style
  • What is it now?  Tourist attraction
  • Current owners:  Weld family

Burghley House

Burghley House

Burghley House is a grand sixteenth-century country house located in Cambridgeshire, England. Built by and still lived in by the Cecil family, the property is a leading example of the Elizabethan prodigy house. It is currently open to the public run by the Burghley House Preservation Trust, which is under the Cecil family.

About the Burghley House

  • Where:  Cambridgeshire, England
  • When:  16th century
  • Who built it: Cecil family
  • Style: Elizabethan prodigy style
  • What is it now?  Open to the public
  • Current owners:  Cecil family
Lowther Castle

Lowther Castle

The Lowther Castle located in Cumbria, England is a country house in the historic county of Westmorland. It is a property belonged to the Lowther family, latterly the Earls of Lonsdale, since the Middle Ages. It is currently open to the public maintained by the Lowther Estate Trust.

About the Lowther Castle

  • Where:  Cumbria, England
  • When:  17th century
  • Who built it: Robert Smirke
  • Style: Gothic revival architecture
  • What is it now?  Open to the public
  • Current owners:  Lowther family
Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle

The Sizergh Castle and Garden at Helsington in the English county of Cumbria is a stately home and garden owned by the Strickland family until it was gifted to the National Trust in 1950 by Gerald Strickland. It is currently open to the public showcasing the elegant paintings and portraits that it contain.

About the Sizergh Castle

  • Where:  Cumbria, England
  • When:  14th – 15th century
  • Who built it: Strickland family
  • Style: Georgian style
  • What is it now?  Open to the public
  • Current owners:  National Trust
Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in Greater London. It was built Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII during the 16th century. However in 1529, the cardinal gave the palace to the King to check his disgrace and Henry VIII later on enlarged the property. Today, the palace is open to the public and is a major tourist attraction and currently owned by Queen Elizabeth II in right of the Crown.

About the Hampton Court Palace

  • Where:  Greater London, England
  • When:  16th century
  • Who built it: King Henry VIII for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now?  Open to the public / Tourist attraction
  • Current owners:  Queen Elizabeth II in right of the Crown
Mannington Hall

Mannington Hall

Located Near Itteringham, Norfolk, England, Mannington Hall is a moated medieval country house that has been owned by the Walpole family since the 18th century. The first manor that was built on this site was constructed in the 15th century and was renovated during the 19th century. Today it is now owned and occupied by Robert Walpole, 10th Baron Walpole and only open to the public by appointment.

About the Mannington Hall

  • Where:  Norfolk, England
  • When:  15th century
  • Who built it: Walpole family
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now?  Open to the public by appointment only
  • Current owners:  Robert Walpole

Avebury Manor

Avebury Manor

Avebury Manor & Garden is an early-16th-century manor house located in Avebury, near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. It was built after William Dunch of Little Wittenham in Berkshire purchased the estate in 1551. It is now in the hands of National Trust and is privately occupied.

About the Avebury Manor

  • Where:  Avebury, England
  • When:  16th century
  • Who built it: Richard Holford
  • Style: Georgian style
  • What is it now?  Private property
  • Current owners:  National Trust
Belton House

Belton House

Belton House is a Grade I listed country house that was built in the 16th century. It is located in Belton near Grantham, Lincolnshire, England and was the seat of the Brownlow and Cust family. In 1984, the family gave the house away to the National Trust and is now operating as a popular tourist site and is open to the public.

About the Belton House

  • Where:  Belton, Lincolnshire, England
  • When:  16th century
  • Who built it: Anthony Salvin
  • Style: Carolean architecture
  • What is it now?  Open to the public / Tourist site
  • Current owners:  National Trust
Brodsworth Hall

Brodsworth Hall

Audley End House

Audley End House

Burton Manor

Burton Manor

Castle Ashby

Castle Ashby

Shrewsbury Castle

Shrewsbury Castle

Danesfield House

Danesfield House

Whatley Manor

Whatley Manor

Wraxhall

Wraxhall

Lyme Hall

Lyme Hall

Kirby Hall

Kirby Hall

Blaise Castle

Blaise Castle

Heaton Park

Heaton Park

Newby Hall

Newby Hall

Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh Hall

Chenies Manor

Chenies Manor

Witley Court

Witley Court

Wimpole Estate

Wimpole Estate

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Bruce Castle

Bruce Castle

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Sandringham Palace

Sandringham Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Hatfield House

Hatfield House

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall

Wentworth Woodhouse

Wentworth Woodhouse

Crag Hall

Crag Hall

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

Longleat House

Longleat House

Blickling Hall

Blickling Hall

Monacute House

Monacute House

Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

Somerletyon Hall

Somerletyon Hall

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

Penhurst Place

Penhurst Place

Ickworth House

Ickworth House

Holker Hall

Holker Hall

Coughton Court

Coughton Court

Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall

Hutton in the Forest

Hutton in the Forest

Bowood House

Bowood House

Osborne House

Osborne House

Durham Castle

Durham Castle

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle

Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle

Manor house in Eton Dorney Berkshire

Manor house in Eton Dorney Berkshire

Cotehele Manor House

Cotehele Manor House

Barrington Court

Barrington Court

Barrington Court

Barrington Court

Avebury Manor

Avebury Manor

Ascott House

Ascott House

Ascott House

Ascott House

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