Castles near to Doniford Bay

Doniford Bay has some great castles nearby, making a great day out for all the family. Plus you could take a tour of a few castles on one day.

Nether Stowey Castle (Stowey), Somerset

Nether Stowey Castle (Stowey), Somerset

Built sometime in the 11th century, the earthwork remains of this motte and bailey castle once boasted a 10 m square stone and timber keep atop its substantial earthen defences. Possibly as act of revenge following the Second Cornish Uprising of 1497, where thousands of West Country rebels marched on London, the castle was laid waste. Free and open access.

Sherborne Old Castle, Sherborne, Dorset

Sherborne Old Castle, Sherborne, Dorset

Ruined 12th-century castle was built as the fortified palace of Roger de Caen, Bishop of Salisbury, in the 12th century. During the English Civil War Sherborne was a Royalist stronghold, and following an eleven day siege in 1645, the old castle was left in ruins by Parliamentary forces under the command of General Fairfax. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.

Old Wardour Castle, Tisbury, Wiltshire

Old Wardour Castle, Tisbury, Wiltshire

Built in the 14th century, but now in ruins the castle comprises a five-sided tower around a central courtyard. Suffering badly during the English Civil War and blown up by both sides. The Arundell family ended up building New Wardour Castle to replace it in 1776. The remains of the Old Castle were integrated into the surrounding parkland as a romantic ruin feature.

Nunney Castle, Nunney, Somerset

Nunney Castle, Nunney, Somerset

Remains of late 14th century moated castle. Damaged by cannon fire during the English Civil War the castle fell into ruins, although it is still considered by many as "aesthetically the most impressive castle in Somerset." Free and open access at any reasonable time.

Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire

Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire

The oldest continuously-occupied castle in England after the royal residences. Built around 1067, shortly after the Norman Conquest. The present castle has remained within the Berkeley family since they reconstructed it in the 12th century. It is believed to be the scene of the murder of King Edward II in 1327. Restricted opening times from Easter to October, entrance charges apply.

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