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- Eynsford Castle is a very early Norman ‘enclosure castle’ (c.1085-7). Unlike a lot of castles at this time rather than having a keep or motte, Eynsford was protected by an extensive curtain wall. Today, you can still see parts of the wall at their original height alongside the remains of the hall building. This rare survival stands in an attractive village setting, not far from Lullingstone Roman Villa.
- Beauly Priory was a Valliscaulian monastic community located at “Insula de Achenbady”, now Beauly, and is one of three founded by the order in 1230. A plaque tells of Mary Queen of Scots’ visit here in 1564 and her travels in the Highlands. Descriptive plaques point out all the points of interest.
- Pevensey Castle was build as a coastal defence fortress.In the 4th century one of the last and strongest of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts. In the 1250s the towered bailey wall was constructed. Strengthened to face the threat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. World War II, pillboxes and machine gun posts were cunningly camouflaged among its ancient walls.
- Alnwick Castle is home to the Dukes of Northumberland and is very much still in use. Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England, and has been the home of the Percys, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309, making this year the 700 year anniversary. Houses the Northumberland Fusiliers Regimental Museum.
- Huntly Castle was a baronial home for 500 years and still attracts visitors because of its impressive architectural style and history. Situated on the River Bogie and Deveron, the castle lies just outside the pretty town of Huntly. Although now a ruin, the setting makes it romantically picturesque and its history is remarkable. The Earls of Fife built the original stronghold, the Peel of Strathbogie, around 1190, to guard the crossing-point where the rivers Bogie and Deveron meet. But it was the mighty Gordons who made the stronghold their own from the 14th century and renamed it, Huntly Castle. The surviving remains tell the story of the development of the castle in Scotland, from the motte and bailey of the 12th century, through the tower house of the later Middle Ages, to the stately stone palace of the Jacobean era. The South face of the castle is French in style and bears fine heraldic sculpture and inscribed stone friezes. Inside the palace, you can see the two enormous heraldic fireplaces in the Marchioness’s lodgings. This castle is said to have the earliest stronghold on the site which sheltered Robert the Bruce in the 14th century. The castle is open throughout the year but you’ll need to check the opening times as they vary a bit from Summer to Winter.
- Bishops Lydeard Mill and Rural Life Museum is a historic building and museum and dates from the 18th century, and was extended in the early 19th century with the addition of a millhouse. It has an overshot waterwheel and has been designated as a Grade II listed building. The water wheel weighs over two tonnes and is driven by water from Back Stream which originates in the Brendon Hills. The museum focuses on traditional trades and crafts including a wheelwright’s shop, cooper’s shop, saddler’s shop, blacksmith’s shop and a Victorian kitchen.