Castles

Castles, keeps, and other fortified structures

Computers Create Image of 12th Century Abbey

Modern computers are creating the first computer-generated image of Tupholme Abbey, a 12th century ruin in England.

Medieval Fortress Gets Christmas Tree

An illuminated festive tree will grace a medieval fortress in Cumbria after a deal to secure funding.

Stirling Castle Offers Virtual Tour

Stirling Castle in Scotland has created a virtual tour of the facility in its lobby in order to offer visitors with physical limitations the opportunity to see the entire site.

Riber Castle is Center of Dispute

Riber Castle is at the center of a dispute between developers who want to build housing around the historic building and conservationists and historians who want to preserve the site.

Annual Audit Finds British Historical Buildings Falling Apart

An annual report of historic properties in the British countryside revealed that thousands of buildings are falling into ruin.

Search for Abbey Once Home to Knights Templar Continues

Bisham Abbey, actually a manor house dating back 800 years, was once home to some of the Knights Templar. The Earl of Salisbury and his family also inhabited the facility for many generations, and Queen Elizabeth I was imprisoned there by Queen Mary.

Castle Built by William the Conqueror Up for Sale

Rougemont Castle, an 11th century structure located in the town of Exeter, England, is for sale. Although no price is listed, bids are believed to be going as high as 1.5 million pounds Sterling.

Hunting for Ghosts at Pengersick Castle

A team of ghost investigators spent the night at Pengersick Castle on November 12, 2005 to try and find evidence of a haunting.

Medieval Gateway Temporarily Part of Arts Performance

Canterbury's Westgate, billed as one of the "most recognisable landmarks in Kent," is being integrated into an art project.

Octoberfest: Castles in Germany

In an article for the Renstore newsletter, Gael Stirler looks at how to make a fairy tale come true by visiting German castles.

Controversial Changes Planned for Kenilworth Castle

English Heritage has approved plans to make changes to historic Kenilworth Castle over objections from local residents, including Lord Kenilworth.

"13th Century" Castle Under Construction in France

A group of 35 individuals, led by museum curator Michel Guyot and dressed in medieval garb, are attempting to construct a 13th century castle in a quarry in La Puisaye, France using medieval techniques and materials.

Welsh "Pleasure Palace" Closed to the Public

Welsh officials have closed the ruins of a medieval castle which had become a popular place for local teens to engage in "sex romps."

11th Century English Castle to be Preserved by English Heritage

Northumbria's five-sided Mitford Castle, built in the 11th century, burnt by King John and sacked by Robert the Bruce, will find new life thanks to a grant from English Heritage.

Scots Trade Castles in TLC Home Improvement Show

The latest twist in TLC's reality show, Trading Spaces has couples trading Scottish castles.

Anchorage Daily News: Students Learn Castle-Building

Third and fourth graders at Chugach Optional School are learning about the Middle Ages brick by brick as they build their own castles.

Facelift Gives New Life to Coventry Castle

Caludon Castle in Coventry, England has been taken off the English Heritage National Buildings at risk list after a £33,000 facelift.

eircom.net: 17th Century Curtain Wall Found at Carrickmines Castle

The 80-metres-long remains of what is thought to be a curtain wall has been discovered at Ireland's Carrickmines Castle.

Safety Concerns Close Scottish Castle

UK£2.5 million is needed to save Scotland's historic Castle Tioram in Moidart, which has been closed due to safety concerns.

Photos from Feast of the Bear, Eoforwic's 30th Anniversary

The Royal City of Eoforwic recently held Feast of the Bear, Featuring the XXXth Anniversary of the Royale City of Eoforwic; TwoRavens.org has a photo album from the event.

Modern Family Builds Castle in AEthelmearc

A family in AEthelmearc (not in the SCA) is constructing Dupont Castle on 75 undisclosed acres.

Castle for Sale on eBay

Diana's Castle in Amsterdam, NY is for sale on eBay. The current bid is nearing $600,000.

Idaho Company Builds Real Castles for Medievalists

Who among our readers doesn't secretly dream of living in a medieval castle, except without all the draftiness and lack of plumbing? A company in An Tir combines modern features with medieval construction — and they offer a discount for SCAdians!

Castle Magic

Do you secretly long to live in a real stone castle? Believe it or not, there is a company in Idaho that will actually design and build it for you. Small castles start at around US$200K, while large ones cost several times as much.

Archaeologists Say Portchester Castle was an "Integral Shipping Post"

Archaeologists from the University of Southampton have traced Portchester Castle's past from Roman times through the Saxon era and into medieval times.

Medieval Fortifications

Indulge your secret desire to design and possess your own castle by reading Dame Aoife's annoted links on medieval fortifications.

Lego Warriors Plan "Assault on the Evil Dragon Castle"

Kate and Alan Dicey share a tale of castles, dragons and princesses...oh...and legos!