The Historic Sites Section covers some of the many Castles, Historic Buildings and sites found in the UK, including Aberdour and Ravenscraig Castle, Salesbury Hall, Whally, Bolton and Rievaulx Abbeys. Each site has a brief history and a photo gallery.
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Historic Sites and Castles

Historic Sites and Castles

Historic Sites, Castles, Abbeys and Buildings

The UK is full of Castles and Fortifications, Historic Buildings and Sites to explore. Some are large, famous and easy to find, while others are almost forgotten ruins. These sites represent the history of the land from Neolithic, Roman and Mediaeval times to the beginning of the 20th century.

The Historic Sites, Castles, Abbeys and Buildings listed here represent a few of the many historic sites throughout the UK. They represent sites that I have personally visited.

Historic Sites and Castles

Aberdour Castle

Aberdour Castle

Aberdour Castle, Aberdour, Fife, Scotland: was built by the de Mortimor family in around 1200, for a brief time it was in the ownership of the Randolph Family before passing to the Douglases in 1342.

Aberdour Castle

St Andrews Castle

St Andrews Castle

St Andrews Castle is built on a naturally protruding headland, protected on the North and East by the sea and ditches on the landward sides.

St Andrews Castle

Clitheroe Castle

Clitheroe Castle

Clitheroe Castle: Standing on a rocky outcrop of limestone about 35 metres above the valley floor of the River Ribble, the keep of Clitheroe Castle is a prominent landmark.

Clitheroe Castle

Whalley Abbey

Whalley Abbey

Whalley Abbey: The outer gatehouse of the nearby Cistercian abbey, beside the River Calder. The Cistercian Abbey was built in 1296 & survived until dissolution in 1537.

Whalley Abbey

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle: Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England.

Skipton Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle, Pickering, North Yorkshire: is a motte and bailey castle built by the Normans under William the Conqueror in 10691070.

Pickering Castle

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle, Scarborough, North Yorkshire; is located on the large headland between the two bays of Scarborough and the only access to the plateau is via a narrow causeway of rock where the Barbican Gatehouse is located.

Scarborough Castle

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx, North Yorkshire: The Abbey is located in a wooded valley by the River Rye and was founded as a Cistercian Abbey in 1132 when 12 monks came from Clairvaux Abbey in France.

Rievaulx Abbey

Middleham Castle

Middleham Castle

Middleham Castle, Middleham, Yorkshire: Is a Norman castle built in the 12th Century and was once home to Richard III.

Middleham Castle

Gawthorpe Hall

Gawthorpe Hall

Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Lancashire is an Elizabethan House on the banks of the River Calder, designed by Sir Charles Barry. It was the family home of the Shuttleworths for over 300 years.

Gawthorpe Hall

Kendal Castle

Kendal Castle

Kendal Castle, Cumbria, is a late 12th century earth ringwork and bailey fortress situated on a mound-like hill, known as a drumlin.

Kendal Castle

Turton Tower

Turton Tower

Turton Tower is a manor house in Chapeltown in North Turton, Borough of Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire, England. It is a scheduled ancient monument and Grade I Listed building.

Turton Tower

Ravenscraig Castle

Ravenscraig Castle

Ravenscraig Castle: One of the earliest artillery forts in Scotland, it was begun for James II in 1460, Ravenscraig was one of the first castles in Scotland built to withstand cannon fire.

Ravenscraig Castle

St Andrews Cathedral

St Andrews Cathedral

St Andrews Cathedral: In 12th Century Augustian Cannons, extended St Rule's Church, all that remains today is a part of the chancel and the tower.

St Andrews Cathedral

Samlesbury Hall

Samlesbury Hall

Samlesbury Hall: The first Hall was built by the D'Ewyas family and situated on the bank of the river Ribble. This was destroyed by Robert the Bruce, after the battle of Bannockburn.

Samlesbury Hall

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey is on the beautiful estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The buildings are medieval, and are adjacent to the River Wharfe.

Bolton Abbey

Knaresborough Castle

Knaresborough Castle

Knaresborough Castle is situated overlooking the River Nidd in North Yorkshire. The ruins belie its importance as a royal castle, which is still part of the Queens estate in the Duchy of Lancaster.

Knaresborough Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle, Helmsley, North Yorkshire: was originally a wooden castle built by Walter l'Espec around 1120, it's most noticable feature are the two huge earthwork ditches.

Helmsley Castle

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire, stands on the headland overlooking the town and despit it's importance is more well known for being the location that Dracula first arrives in England in Bram Stokers Dracula.

Whitby Abbey

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle, Richmond, Yorkshire: built on a cliff above the River Swale, flanked by towers and the massive 11th century curtain walls, it was to become the heart of one of mediaeval England's largest estates - The Honour of Richmond.

Richmond Castle

Sawley Abbey

Sawley Abbey

Sawley Abbey was an abbey of Cistercian monks, set on the banks of the Ribble in the village of Sawley, Lancashire.

Sawley Abbey

Levens Hall

Levens Hall

Levens Hall, Kendal in Cumbria, is a Manor House built around a Pele Tower on the Banks of the River Kent. The Hall is currently home to the Bagot family.

Levens Hall

Oakwell Hall

Oakwell Hall

Oakwell Hall is an Elizabethan Manor House dating back to 1538, but decorated in 17th century style with period furniture. It is set within 100 acres of parkland and gardens.

Oakwell Hall

Rufford Old Hall

Rufford Old Hall

Rufford Old Hall, Rufford, Lancashire. Built in about 1530 for Sir Robert Hesketh; it was the home to the Heskeths for 500 years.

Rufford Old Hall

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