Castles for kids
Castles are alive with the stories of the past and the events, exhibitions and activities of today. So whether you fancy a majestic fortress, grim prison or luxurious mansion you'll find a great family day out at one of Britain's castles...
Framlingham in Suffolk is an impressive example of a 12th century medieval castle which has maintained its original character over the centuries. And now the spiral staircases and 13m curtain walls, the dry moat and ornate Tudor chimneys make for a great family day out. There are a number of events which take place throughout the year at Framlingham including Knight School where your children can learn the skills of a medieval warrior and attend sword-fighting lessons to fight in a mock battle!
If you’re a fan of the timeless children’s classic The Jungle Book, then a trip to Bateman’s in East Sussex will be a treat for the whole family. この美しいジェームズ1世時代の邸宅は1902年から1936年までラドヤード・キップリングが暮らし、そして今なお、彼のオリエンタルな芸術品や「ジャングル・ブック」の原画が展示されています。 小説にまつわるイベントや年1回のフェスティバルが、河と現役の水車場のある美しい庭園で催されます。 Such days out include Family Fun days, Kipling literary days, Paint the garden, Easter Egg trails, Jungle Hunt trails and Hallowe'en trails.
With spectacular coastal views over Abersdeenshire, Scotland, Dunnottar Castle stands on the edge of a sheer-sided rock, 50m above the sea. 8か月間にわたりクロムウェル軍の攻撃に耐え、チャールズ2世のためにスコットランドの王冠を飾る宝石類を救ったことで有名です。 他にもウィリアム・ウォレスやスコットランド女王メアリーが、この要塞に住んでいたことで知られています。 In total, eleven buildings remain which include the 13th century chapel and 17th century ballroom. For excellent views, historical events and a great place for a family picnic, this Scottish jewel is worth a visit.
A wonderful example of a Tudor castle can be seen in St Mawes Castle in Cornwall. 訪問者はすべて、小さい橋を通ってこの要塞に入り、城内には中央に塔があり、その中に部屋が多数あって、子供たちが探検したり走り回ったりして楽しめます。 クローバーの葉を象った要塞内の大砲群や独特の装飾彫刻もお見逃しなく。 Nearby is the sister castle, Pendennis Castle and family events take place both here and in St Mawes. 大中世馬上槍試合大会は当時にタイムスリップさせてくれるイベントで、さらにはヘンリー8世に会ったり、チューダー時代を体験する機会もあります。
Osborne House is Queen Victoria’s palace by the sea. After her first visit to the house on the Isle of Wight, England’s longest-reigning monarch wrote: ‘It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot’. In the mid 19th century, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osbourne House and rebuilt it as an 800-hectare estate and family bolthole. スイス・コテージは子供サイズの調度品を備えて子供たちに好評で、遊び場はストレス発散にもってこいです。 There are acres of parkland and gardens to explore and relax in, which you can enjoy on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage. レストランやカフェも近くにありますから、家族でリフレッシュできます。
Steeped in royal history, Sudeley Castle was once the home of Katherine Parr (Henry VIII’s last wife), and was also visited or lived in by Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I. However, after lying empty for 200 years it was restored by the Dent and Brocklehurst families. しかし、200年間にわたり空家となっていた後、デント家とブロックルハースト家により修復されました。 現在は「チューダー家に会おう」から「おとぎ話の家」といったイベントが目白押しで、敷地や展示を家族で楽しむことができます。
Appearing suddenly from behind hedgerows of the winding country roads, Carreg Cennen Castle, Wales entices you to make a speedy advance. Perched high above the Welsh countryside, it commands great views of the Black Mountain. This 13th century castle, which was involved in the War of the Roses, has a unique atmosphere and is fun for families to explore. To the south east corner of the castle, a steep stairway leads into the bowels of the castle, and into a damp and narrow limestone cave. 城の真下辺りまで行くと真っ暗闇になりますから、懐中電灯をお忘れなく。
With 360 degree views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight, Hurst Castle stands at the end of Hurst Point in Hampshire, over a mile out into the English Channel along a shingle walk. Built by Henry VIII in 1544, Hurst Castle has had a varied history; Charles I was held prisoner here before being executed in London and it was subsequently used in the Napoleonic wars and during the two World Wars. The castle has a 12-sided Tudor Keep housing a narrow staircase and many small nooks and crannies, ideal for a game of hide and seek with the children. There are also exhibits on display and a working lighthouse right next door, so there is something for every member of your family. 首都発の地域料理
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland and is situated at the opposite end of the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle. In the 12th century, Holyroodhouse was founded as a monastery and the ruins of the abbey can still be seen today. However, it became a royal palace and was home to Mary Queen of Scots whose bedroom and belongings are still on view. Find out more about the historical importance of Holyroodhouse with the audio guides available on site, ideal for the whole family.
Castle Howard is an enchanting 18th century palace, home of the Howard family situated in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The unique setting in 1,000 acres of parkland offers breathtaking views. Within the grounds you can relax in The Walled Rose Garden or have family fun feeding the peacocks, boating on the lake and enjoying the adventure playground. Castle Howard has several exhibitions running including Brideshead Revisited, The Women of Castle Howard and The Building of Castle Howard among others.