Our 10 Favourite Family-Friendly Castles

Looking for fun weekend ideas? Visit a castle with your family!

We’ve rounded up the best family-friendly castles to visit where your children can feel like kings, queens or even knights and take part in super themed outdoor activities. Have a look at our favourite family-friendly castles to visit in the UK with your little ones.

1) Leeds Castle, Kent

Leeds Castle is one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. In 2019, it celebrates its 900th anniversary and now is the perfect time to explore it. There is lots to do for children in the castle – discover the 12-hole adventure golf course with its miniature Leeds Castle, explore its beautiful gardens, discover the wildlife, have fun at one of the fantastic playgrounds modelled on the design of Leeds Castle, visit the Dog Collar Museum and much more.

Family-Friendly Castles

2) Dinefwr Castle, Wales

In the 12th-century the castle belonged to The Lord Rhys, ruler of the ancient south Wales kingdom of Deheubarth. We recommend visiting Dinefwr for the fantastic views from the castle. Join a walking tour to learn more about the castle, take a walk in the ancient woods with your little ones and try to spot one of the resident deer.

3) Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex

This 15th-century castle is one of the oldest brick buildings in England. Surrounded by 300 acres of woodland with gorgeous themed gardens, the castle is the perfect place for a family day out. Don’t miss England’s Medieval Festival (24th – 26th August). Immerse yourself in the medieval times and take part in lots of family-friendly activities and workshops with your little kings and queens.

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4) Windsor Castle, Berkshire

Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, is The Queen’s favourite weekend home and a must-visit for everyone. There is plenty to do with children. Download a family activity trail, watch the Changing the Guard, visit the State Apartments and much more. We’re sure you’ll have a wonderful family day out!

5) Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Alnwick Castle is one of Britain’s most iconic castles. There is lots to do for the whole family – dress up in the medieval costume and transform into a knight or a princess, try medieval crafts and traditional games or enter the Dragon’s Lair if you’re brave enough! Alnwick Castle is also a must-visit for all the Harry Potter fans! Take part in a broomstick training session with one of the resident wizarding professors and practice your flying skills.

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6) Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

The beautiful Bodiam Castle is the perfect place to visit with children. This family-friendly castle offers lots of fun activities for young explorers. Have a go at the medieval archery with your children (remember to bring a kids waterproof jacket and wellies in case of a sudden downpour) and treat yourself to a traditional National Trust cream tea at the Castle View café. There will also be lots of free family-friendly summer holiday activities to enjoy this year, make sure you have a look.

7) Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

One of the most popular castles in the UK, Warwick Castle is a must-see. Originally built by William the Conqueror, it’s now a major family attraction offering lots of fun activities for children of all ages. There are plenty of shows and activities available every day with 64 acres of gardens to visit and towers and ramparts to explore.

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8) Bolton Castle, North Yorkshire

This wonderful 14th-century castle provides plenty of fun activities for children such as falcon displays, archery demonstrations and guided tours. Make sure to visit the beautiful gardens and the Tea Room before you leave.

9)  Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Set in the heart of Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh Castle is great for a family day out. Visit the Royal Palace rooms where kings and queens used to live, discover the oldest Crown jewels in Britain and see the Stone of Destiny – an ancient symbol of Scotland’s monarchy.

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10) Mountfitchet Castle, Essex

Visit Mountfitchet Castle and travel back in time. Walk around the Norman village hidden behind the castle walls, hand feed rescued animals and visit The House on the Hill Toy Museum that contains the largest toy collection in the world.

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