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Why Castles Are Integral To Tours Of England

Aug 15, 2008
Tours of England are becoming an increasingly popular form of travel for many who decide to vacation in this magical and historical isle. With a large amount of quality accommodation those on tours of England are spoilt for choice when deciding where to rest their weary travel legs. Majestic castles tours can include the very best that England has to offer, showing the unbelievable history of this fiercely independent island.

Most people with a passing interest in history will know that England is a country full of castles, a fact that stands testament to the troubled and often violent history of the island. Thankfully the castles now have a more sedate purpose, that of accommodating the many travellers who choose to spend time on tours of this brilliant nation. For travellers who want luxury, the chance to stay in a castle complete with four poster bed and stone walls should not be missed. Here are some of the best castles to include on your tour, in locations all over the country.

Long's Park Castle in Wiltshire is a great inclusion of tours around the south of England that transports the visitor back hundreds of years. A Grade II listed building it sits within sumptuous grounds containing trees that are over half a millennia old. Inside the rooms are fantastic beamed ceilings and welcoming open fires. The castle combines the old with the new; with technology such as keyless room entry and automatic lighting. Long's Park is not just about the rooms however, present is a banqueting hall that regularly hosts medieval events as well as a lounge with comfortable arm chairs and a games room with pool, darts and air hockey. For a weekend escape, or even a stay to break up tours, it is ideal.

Nearby is the Bath Lodge Hotel, a historic castle just seven miles away from Bath city centre. The hotel is ideally placed for tours to Longleat Wildlife Park and Stonehenge and offers timeless charm and elegance. The site has been converted into a tastefully decorated hotel with romantic rooms and cosy lounge areas. Once again beamed ceilings are prominent, as are four poster beds and open fires. With attractions such as a waterfall, or simply watching the sunset from the battlements, for a romantic stay it is unrivalled.

With a range of luxurious apartments Watermouth Castle is a hotel that combines historical style with an unbelievable setting. The castle overlooks beautiful cliffs and a quaint bay in a Devonshire inlet. The castle itself has an indoor swimming pool and its own museum meaning that the chance to relax and learn is prevalent. While the castle is not medieval, instead being constructed in the Victorian era as a folly, it still offers visitors the chance for that fairytale setting, in one of the most stunning regions of the country.

Naturally a stay in a castle without ghosts would be a crime. Thankfully the rich history of Chillingham Castle in Northumberland has led to a number of spectres inhabit the walls. The castle's history can be traced back to the twelfth century when it was a military stronghold; in fact the dungeons and torture chamber still remain and certainly add to the ghostly appeal of the site. In terms of haunting, one of the most commonly seen spooks is the 'blue boy', who moans from midnight onwards near a walled hallway. Most travellers who stay see this ghost, so much so that it led the owners to excavate the wall. A gruesome discovery awaited them; they found skeletal remains of an adolescent with shards of blue clothing, definitely a spooky place to stay.

No matter what your reasons for tours of England, the castles of this country can offer you an original accommodation choice that is guaranteed to enthral and amaze. These examples are just a snapshot of the wondrous castles present in England, with a little research it is assured that tourists will be able to find their fairytale paradise.
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Travel expert Thomas Pretty looks into why England tours should include a stay in one of the many historical castles in the country.
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