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 an award-winning luxury family-friendly hotel. Set in 2o acres of grounds, there’s a fort and a playhouse for children to play in. This is a welcoming and relaxing place to stay with a home-from-home feel.
You can rent the Landmark Trust’s Clytha Castle in Monmouthshire for three night breaks or more. The miniature castle dates from 1790 and was built as a memorial to the owner’s wife. The property sleeps four and is well-equipped and beautifully furnished.
St Briavels Castle
St Briavels Castle is a Youth Hostel in a moated Norman castle in Gloucestershire. The hostel offers private rooms and welcomes families. It was once King John’s hunting lodge and is a great base for exploring the Forest of Dean (check out my post 7 great outdoor activities in the Forest of Dean).
Over to you
Have you ever stayed in a castle? Do you have any recommendations to add to this list?