3 magical UK castles for a family day out

England is famous around the world for its castles full of history and activities. Here are some of the most magical UK castles for a family day out.

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic castles in the southwest. This 13th-century ruin sits on the Cornish clifftop with breath-taking views and many myths and mysteries surrounding it. Tintagel Castle is said to be the place where King Arthur was conceived and also features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde.

Many excavations were undertaken in the castle over the years. Mediterranean pottery of the 5th and 6th centuries and a 1,500-year-old piece of slate with Latin inscriptions were just some of the remarkable findings. The findings also fit in well with the traditional legends of King Arthur, which place him in the 5th and 6th centuries, making the legend even more convincing.

This is a perfect location with many things to do for all the family. Learn more about the legend of King Arthur, explore the remains of the Dark Ages settlement, relax on the beach below the castle and take in the dramatic scenery.

Please visit the English Heritage website to see the opening times and prices.


Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle
This castle has become famous all over the world due to its role in the Harry Potter films.  Alnwick –  or ‘Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ –  is a magical castle and the perfect location if your children are fans of the Harry Potter films.

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK and is one of Northumberland’s most popular destinations.

There is so much to entertain the family, such as walking through the beautiful gardens, exploring the castle, learning about the castle’s history and of course broomstick training for young and old Harry Potter fans!

Book your tickets from the Alnwick Castle website.


Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh castle

The beautiful Edinburgh Castle might be last on our list, but it is well worth a visit for you and the young ones. This historic fortress is a world-famous destination and was recently voted the top UK Heritage attraction in the British travel awards.

The informative guided tours take you through the castle’s complex building history. In addition, there is audio guide tour available that takes the visitors on a tour around the castle while explaining its history.

Explore Edinburgh city, visit the Edinburgh castle and discover its rich history.

Book your tickets from the official Edinburgh Castle website.

Book your train tickets in advance to save up to 40% and plan a fun weekend away with the kids.