The South East has a host of picture postcard castles steeped in history. Leeds Castle – built on two islands in a lake and dating back to the 9th century. Leeds was dubbed ‘the loveliest castle in the world’ by Lord Conway and many have agreed with that description since. Sitting in 500 acres of gardens and countryside, it houses a unique collection of paintings, tapestries and furniture.
Bodiam Castle – a classic medieval castle, once described as ‘like the work of a bucket and spade on a giant scale’. Again, you are spoilt for choice with Hever, Dover, Pevensey, Arundel and Herstmonceux castles and the historic town of Rye all within easy reach.