England’s hidden gem castles to visit ahead of King Charles coronation - full list

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Ahead of the King Charles coronation, hidden gem castles to visit in England have been revealed.

As the coronation of King Charles III draws near, digital marketing agency Tank has taken a look at the best hidden gems amongst England’s castles to visit over bank holiday weekend. A total of 155 castles in England were ranked according to visitor reviews and how often they appeared in social media posts.

The top 10 castles on the list have all been rated five stars in more than 70% of reviews on Tripadvisor and Google. The list includes castles from across England, including in County Durham, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Elizabeth Rhodes, founding director of Swain Architecture, said: “Castles always bring various stages of history to life. Almost all have been changed or added to at various times, which gives them differing styles of architecture across the same building or the same site, as their purpose and fate evolved.

“The most famous castles are often busy on bank holiday weekends but, by deliberately seeking out ones that most people are unaware of, you then have a chance to explore them properly and soak up their history.”

The coronation of King Charles is set to take place on Saturday May 6, where he will be crowned inside Westminster Abbey. It will be followed by a coronation concert from Windsor Castle on May 7 and a bank holiday on May 8.

Top 10 hidden gem castles to visit in England 

  1. Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent
  2. Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex
  3. Bewcastle Castle, Bewcastle, Cumbria
  4. Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire 
  5. Elsdon Castle, Elsdon, Northumberland
  6. Goodrich Castle, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
  7. Walmer Castle, Deal, Kent
  8. Old Wardour Castle, Tisbury, Wiltshire
  1. Raby Castle, Darlington, County Durham
  2. Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.