Castles make an excellent day out for all the family, and you will find many near to Church Farm Holiday Village - some of which are listed below. But why not take a trip out and see how many you can find. Some castles are in ruins however some are Remarkably well preserved and some are even lived in.
Arundel Castle - is a restored medieval castle. Damaged during the English Civil War and restored throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The castle has been the hereditary stately home of the Duke of Norfolk for over 400 years. Most of the castle and grounds are open to the public; entrance charges apply to both the castle and gardens.
Farnham Castle Keep - the remains of 12th century castle. Built in 1138 the original motte and bailey castle was demolished by Henry II in 1155 and rebuilt again in the late 12th century. The castle was slighted again after the English Civil War in 1648 and the keep abandoned, but much-altered parts of the medieval bishops' residence remain. Free open access at any reasonable time.
Portchester Castle - the best-preserved of the Roman Saxon Shore forts. Built between AD 285 and AD 290 for the protection of the South Coast. In the medieval period King Henry I added to the defences, and Richard II built a series of domestic quarters, including a great hall and kitchens. The castle passed out of royal control in 1632 when Charles I sold it and was last used in the 19th century as a gaol for over 7,000 French prisoners. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.
Carisbrooke Castle - the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle. The present stone castle was started around 1100. Carisbrooke experienced its only serious action in 1377, when it was unsuccessfully attacked by a French raiding force. Following his defeat in the English Civil War, King Charles I was imprisoned at the castle for fourteen months before his execution in 1649. His attempt to escape failed after he became wedged in the window bars. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply