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Visiting the world's largest cave castle - Predjama Castle, Slovenia

10 March 2019
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After a disappointing visit to Postojna Cave, we hopped back on the motorcycle to head to Predjama Castle. Our timing was rather unfortunate, as the heavens opened up whilst we were en route and we got caught out in a heavy downpour and hail. Thankfully, the castle was only 15 minutes away and we managed to get there unscathed and quickly took shelter in a cafe next to the car park...

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Exploring Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight

12 May 2018
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Our first stop on the Isle of Wight was Carisbrooke Castle, located near the island’s capital, Newport. This castle has a rich history, having been an Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king’s prison and a royal summer residence. Upon arrival, the first thing we did was walk around the castle on the battlements. From here you can see across the island in all directions. The castle sits upon a hilltop dominating the centre of the island...

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Day trips from London - Chiddingstone Castle

23 September 2017
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You can’t go too far in Kent without bumping into a castle or stately home. One of my favourite castles in Kent is Hever Castle, and if you’re planning a day trip there from London you can easily add a visit to Chiddingstone Castle to your itinerary - they’re only 10 minutes apart. And if you have a Historic Houses Association membership you can visit both for free. Chiddingstone Castle is situated in the village of Chiddingstone, near Edenbridge...

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A trip to Hogwarts (Alnwick Castle)

15 July 2017
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We had to cut our trip to Scotland short due to inclement weather but the strong winds, rain and hail weren’t going to stop me from visiting Hogwarts, or Alnwick Castle as it is known in the Muggle world. Located in Alnwick (pronounced annick) in Northumberland, this castle was one of the filming locations in the first two Harry Potter films. I could barely contain my excitement when I walked in and saw the Outer Bailey, where Harry and his fellow students learned to fly broomsticks with Madam Hooch...

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A visit to Conwy Castle

20 June 2017
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The last stop on our tour of Wales was Conwy Castle. Like our previous stop, Caernarfon Castle, it was built by King Edward I and is one of the best preserved castles in North Wales. The castle was constructed as part of a wider project to create the walled town of Conwy. An estimated £15,000 was spent building both the walls and castle, which was huge amount of money for that period (the equivalent of £45 million in today’s money)...

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Caernarfon Castle - A Medieval Fortress in North Wales

10 June 2017
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Thankfully the weather had improved the day after our visit to Penrhyn Castle so we made our way to the town of Caernarfon to visit the famed castle. Caernarfon Castle was one of a series of castles built by King Edward I after his invasion of North Wales in 1282. After defeating the Welsh princes and bringing Wales under English rule, he built these castles to ensure that he could hold on to his new lands and keep a lid on rebellious activities...

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Visiting Penrhyn Castle in North Wales

28 May 2017
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Our hotel in North Wales was only about a 10 minute drive from Penrhyn Castle, so after we’d checked in we made our way there to squeeze in a visit before dinner. After parking up and having our membership cards scanned at the visitor’s centre, we quickly made our way up to the castle as we only had about an hour to see it before closing time. It’s elevated position gives you beautiful views of Snowdonia and the North Wales coast...

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Visiting Caerphilly Castle from Cardiff

7 May 2017
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If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you probably know that I love a good castle! During my recent trip to Wales I was determined to visit as many castles as possible - they have more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world! The first on my list was Caerphilly Castle, which is easily accessible from Cardiff. Regular trains run between Cardiff and Caerphilly and the journey is about 20 minutes...

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10 Historic Houses Association properties I want to visit in 2017

18 February 2017
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I was first introduced to the Historic Houses Association membership by Kelly from Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes, one of the few people I know who loves visiting historic properties as much as I do! This membership offers free entry to over 300 of the UK’s privately and charitably owned historic houses, castles and gardens. I’m already an English Heritage member and one of the perks of their membership is a discount when signing up as a HHA Friend...

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Day trips from London: Hever Castle

11 February 2017
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The winter months are a dull time for exploring historic properties. Most of them close up for the season and I’m fast running out of options for places to visit near London at this time of year. Thankfully Hever Castle was open over the Christmas and New Year period so I jumped at the chance to use my brand new Historic Houses Association membership. Located in the village of Hever in Kent, the castle is about an hour’s drive outside London...