My favourite game as a child was Kings, Queens and Princesses. This involved lots of dressing up, flouncing about and bossing around imaginary minions with my brother and sister for hours on end. My sister’s and my bedroom was our castle, but we’d have loved to have stayed in a real one. Here are five of the best castles around the UK where families are welcome to stay.
Bovey Castle is a luxury Devon resort and the only hotel in the world to offer a Lego room service menu. It also offers activities such as archery and falconry displays. We stayed there one February half term and really enjoyed it. Read all about it in my posts LEGO room service at Bovey Castle and Things to do around Bovey Castle and Dartmoor with kids.
Hever Castle in Kent was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, one of King Henry VIII’s wives. Today it’s a brilliant place for a family day out, with an excellent adventure playground, boating lake, water maze, yew maze and historic formal gardens. It’s also has a luxury hotel and golf club in the grounds. Read more in my post Family days out: Hever Castle, Kent.
Augill Castle is a Victorian folly in Cumbria and home to a family friendly hotel.
You can rent the Landmark Trust’s Clytha Castle in Monmouthshire for three night breaks or more. The miniature castle dates from 1790 and sleeps four.
St Briavels Castle
St Briavels Castle is a Youth Hostel in a moated Norman castle in Gloucestershire. It offers private rooms and welcomes families.
Over to you
Have you ever stayed in a castle? Do you have any recommendations to add to this list?