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- Chester City Walls consist of a defensive structure built to protect the city with their construction being started by the Romans when they established the fortress of Deva Victrix between 70 and 80 AD. Today the Chester city walls are a major tourist attraction for visitors to the city and form an almost complete circuit of the city as it was in the medieval era. The walk is almost 2 miles (3.2 km) on a continuously elevated walkway, apart from a short section on the south of the city.
- Ballindalloch Castle is a preserved castle in the beautiful countryside of Speyside, north east Scotland. The castle is still owned and lived in by the Macpherson-Grant family who have resided at Ballindalloch since 1546. The setting for Ballindalloch is stunning, with the Rivers Avon and Spey running through its grounds and surrounded by imposing hills. Speyside, of course, is also known for its whisky distilleries such as Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. Visitors are welcome at Ballindalloch where the castle and its grounds are available to view and tour around. The estate also has a golf course, as well offering shooting and fishing packages for those who like their country sports. Self-catering cottages are available to stay in for short breaks and you can also pick up some of the locally-reared Aberdeen Angus beef at the castle shop. The castle is open from the end of March to the end of September.
- Skipsea Castle is a Norman motte and bailey castle, dating from before 1086. In 1221 the then castle’s owner, William de Forz, the Count of Aumale, rebelled against Henry III; the castle was captured by royalist forces and the King ordered it to be destroyed. The castle has no car park so please park carefully on the road.
- Chester Racecourse, known as the Roodee, is according to official records the oldest racecourse still in use in England located on the banks of the River Dee. The site was once a harbour during the Roman settlement of the city during the Dark Ages but was closed as the river silted up thus making navigation impossible. Towards the centre of the infield is a raised mound which is decorated by a small cross known as a “rood”. It is from this that the race course derives the name “Roodee”; Roodee is a corruption of “Rood Eye”, meaning “The Island of the Cross”.
- Oystermouth Castle is a Norman stone castle founded by William de Londres soon after 1106 following the capture of Gower by the Normans. Features include 14th century graffiti, plus people can explore the medieval maze of deep vaults and secret staircases and enjoy the magnificent views over Swansea Bay from the 30 foot high glass bridge.
- Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress was built between 1804 and 1810 to support the associated Martello Towers in defending against the threat of an invasion by Napoleon. Now a military museum contains military collections of The Royal Sussex Regiment, The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars, the Sussex Combined Services. In addition the museum also features displays on the History of the British Army, the Life of the Redoubt display and a model of the Redoubt Fortress.