Who said Northerners weren’t posh, eh? From Harvey Nics to Waitrose, we’ve really got it all – including our very own castles. Steeped in history that dates all the way back to medieval times, it’s the perfect excuse for a family day out. So if you fancy living a day like you’re a King or a Queen, you’re in luck – ‘cos it’s right on our doorstep. Here are some of the best castles to visit near Manchester.
1. Peckforton Castle
An incredibly beautiful castle, now used for weddings and overnight stays, Peckforton Castle was built back in the 1800s and served as the home of John Tollemache, a wealthy landowner from Cheshire. The castle can still be visited to this day and resembles the grand, pristine castles that you’ll usually find in children’s storybooks. It’s that pretty.
Inside, you’ll find gorgeous arched windows and exposed stone walls, with beautifully decorated bedrooms that feature four-poster beds and generally regal decor. The grounds are also open for exploration, with a number of activities available to book. If you fancy a day visit, you can simply pop in for some grub, or head for a nice stroll in the sun around the castle. Peckforton Castle, Stone House Ln, Tarporley, CW6 9TN.
2. Peveril Castle
Peveril Castle (or, at least its remains) can be found just one hour from Manchester within the Peak District, standing tall above the village of Castleton. The castle dates all the way back to the 11th century and features some incredible views, including Mam Tor and gorgeous landscapes of the Peak District. Nearby you’ll also find Peak Cavern and Cave Dale, with plenty of scenic walks to take nearby. Peveril Castle, Market Pl, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WQ.
3. Chester Castle
Chester Castle is situated in the city of Chester and overlooks the beautiful River Dee. The rebuilt 12th-century structure was originally founded by William the Conquerer back in 1070 and is steeped in history. From acting as the administrative centre for the earldom to serving as the military headquarters for the conquest of Wales – there’s so much to learn about the castle – and so much to see too. Guests are able to take a peek inside the historical building, and it’s also conveniently located to explore the city centre, too. Chester Castle, Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DN.
4. Skipton Castle
Skipton Castle is a popular tourist spot in Yorkshire and is just a 1 hour 15 journey from Manchester. The medieval castle was built in 1090 and has been preserved for over 900 years now. Offering guests a full tour of the castle, including its mysterious nooks and crannies, visitors can learn more about the castle’s rich history – from its recently found ancient well to its dungeons and watchtower. Skipton Castle, The Bailey, Skipton, BD23 1AW.
5. Clitheroe Castle
Set in the lovely town of Clitheroe, Clitheroe Castle stands tall from Castle Hill, overlooking the town and the nearby Forest of Bowland. It’s said to have been built back in the 12th century, and now allows guests to explore its history in a museum setting. Relax on the hill that surrounds it and take in spectacular views, or check out some of the amazing historical items that are still housed at the museum today. Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA.
[Featured Image: Peckforton Castle]