Castles

Castles, keeps, and other fortified structures

Welsh castle receives grant for visitor center

In 1282, Earl Henry de Lacy began building a castle in Wales. Now Denbigh Castle will undergo an extensive facelift, complete with a new visitor center, thanks to a UK£600,000 grant. (photo)

Ozark Medieval Fortress Event

The Ozark Medieval Fortress has invited the UACCB Renaissance Club to help them kickoff a new program, An after hours adventure at Ozark Medieval Fortress! And we would like to invite our SCA friends and family to come out and help make this a truly awesome event for the Castle.

Violent trauma marks Stirling skeletons

The area near Stirling Castle in Scotland was a dangerous place in the 13th - 15th centuries. Evidence of this can be seen in the recent discovery of five skeletons buried at the castle which exhibit signs of having suffered "brutally violent" deaths.

Stirling restored

Those gentles making the journey to Scotland will want to include Stirling Castle on their itinerary. The castle is in the midst of being completely restored. BBC News has a slideshow of the results.

Vote online for grant to build replica Roman fort in UK

Roman-era reenactors who operate a tour company in the UK are seeking online and cellphone votes to help them secure a UK£50,000 grant to construct a replica Roman fortress.

Bridging the centuries at Hammerhaus

Take a 16-room "mini-castle" near Austria. Fill it with interesting and unusual contemporary decor, and you have the Hammerhaus. Photographer Andreas Meichsner of The New York Times has a slideshow.

Vote for the castle!

Fans of the Ozark Medieval Fortress, or fans of castles in general, may wish to help make the site the best attraction in Arkansas by voting online. Voting ends June 8, 2011

Buckton Castle built during time of "complete anarchy"

Buckton Castle in Cheshire, England was occupied for only 100 years, according to archaeologists from the  University of Salford, who have been working on the ruin. The castle was built to protect the area from Scottish invaders.

Cardigan Castle to receive UK£4.7m grant

The Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to provide UK£4.7m for conservation work to the building and grounds at Cardigan Castle. The 12th century castle was once home to Welsh princes.

Castle life at bargain price

The economic downturn has left many European properties, including castles, available for purchase at bargain prices. (photo)

Lincoln Castle to remain home of the Magna Carta

The HM Courts Service reports that it has scrapped plans to move the Magna Carta from Lincoln Castle to another building inside the castle grounds now used by the crown court.

16th century defenses discovered at Stirling Castle

Renovation work for the gift shop at Scotland's historic Stirling Castle has unearthed the castle's 16th century defenses, which were built using the latest techniques around 1540. The defences were demolished during modernization in the 18th century.

Dancemoot and Aberdour Castle photos online

Torrkil reports that he has posted an album of photos from Dancemoot which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The album also includes photos from a trip to Aberdour Castle.

9th century Viking fortress found in Ireland

Eamonn Kelly, Keeper of Antiquities with the National Museum of Ireland, reports that after years of research the Viking fortress of Linn Duachaill has been located 45 miles north of Dublin.

"Iron ring" tops list of British tourist attractions

During the Middle Ages, Edward I built his "iron ring" of fortresses to protect his kingdom from unrest in Wales. Now, these castles are bringing tourists to the country in record numbers.

17th century boundary wall dscovered at Edinburgh Castle

Construction of new viewing stands for the Edinburgh Tattoo at the Castle has revealed a previously unknown boundary wall.

Living the life medieval in a Pennsylvania castle

Twelve years after they were married, SCA members Cara McCandless and Barton Branstetter decided to translate their memories of England into a medieval home of their own. Gretchen McKay, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, visted the castle and interviewed the couple. (photos)

Rare Norman castle to receive tourism boost

Residents of Doncaster, England hope that improvements to Conisbrough Castle, one of the few Norman castles left in the country, will attract more tourists to the area. To that end, they have been awarded UK£60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

TV show gives boost to declining castle

"Downton Abbey", a hit British TV series about the lives of a noble family on the eve of WWI, is having an effect far beyond television ratings. The show is set at the real-life Highclere Castle in Berkshire, England. The castle is deteriorating and it need of costly repairs.

Observatory of Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi possibly found in Iran

Archaeologists from the Alamut Castle Research Center in Iran believe they might have discovered the 13th century observatory of polymath Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi, who accepted the position of scientific advisor to the Mongols in 1256.

The Gargoyles of Leicestershire

Author Bob Trubshaw is on a mission to document all the gargoyles in Leicestershire, England. He has formed Project Gargoyle which deploys a team of amateur gargoyle hunters and photographers in the first initiative of its type in England.

Monty Python fans flock like swallows to Doune Castle

Fans of Monty Python and the Holy Grail are expected to come from around the world to Doune Castle in September, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the movie. The 14th century Scottish castley features prominently in the movie.

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Overgrown grass a concern at Carlisle Castle

The City Council of Carlisle, England is concerned over the state of the moat at the city's primary attraction, Carlisle Castle, where, for safety reasons, English Heritage has stopped mowing the grass. Mark McAlindon of BBC News has a video report.

Castle discovery fills gap in Danish history

Danish archaeologists believe that the discovery of a 13th century castle on Kattegat Island may help fill a hundred-year gap in the island’s history. The castle belonged to King Erik Menved, who reigned between 1287 and 1319.

"Visible display of wealth" discovered at Nevern Castle excavation

Archaeologists are excited by recent excavations at Nevern Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, which have uncovered evidence of several 12th century buildings including two towers and a "highly desirable stone residence."

Europe's forgotten castles

Travel writer and television host Rick Steves offers his thoughts on castles to vists that are off the beaten path. The castles are in ruins and offer a dramatic charm all their own. [photo]

SCA Discount at Ozark Medieval Fortress

THL Melandra of the Woods, who modernly works as the Education Coordinator for Ozark Medieval Fortress, has announced that the organization is offering a discount to traveling SCA folk on their way to or from three of the SCA's major events this year.

Drawbridge collapse traps visitors in "fairy tale castle"

Fifty-one visitors to Castell Coch in Tongwynlais near Cardiff, Wales got more than they bargained for when a maintenance crane collapsed the castle's drawbridge, trapping the visitors inside. No one was injured.

Japanese castle ramparts re-created in Ventura, California

This January, seven master stoneworkers from Japan joined a team of "rockknockers" at the International Stoneworkers' Symposium to construct castle ramparts using traditional dry stone masonry techniques in Serra Cross Park, Ventura, California.