South & South East England > Places to Visit > Castles
Jersey was defended from this spacious fortress built on an islet in St Aubin's Bay for 300 years from the Civil War to the German Occupation.
Fort Grey is located on Guernsey's rocky west coast, near the infamous Hanois reefs and the site of many historic shipwrecks. The small martello tower contains a museum about Guernsey shipwrecks, with many salvaged artefacts and related illustrations.
Listed in the Domesday Book, this castle has been a Norman stronghold, a royal residence for six of Englandís medieval queens, a palace of Henry VIII, and a retreat for the powerful and influential.
Lulworth Castle was built as a hunting lodge in 1608 to attract James I to hunt in the Isle of Purbeck, the castle was bought by the Weld family in 1641 and became the family seat following the destruction of the main estate house during the Civil War.
Built in the thirteenth century to protect the island against the French, this dramatic castle towers over the harbour at Gorey.
Southsea Castle was built by Henry VIII between 1544 and 1545 to protect Portsmouth and its royal dockyard from a possible French attack.
West Gate Towers
One of England's finest mediaeval fortified gatehouses, with arms and armour displays, prison cells and panoramic views from the battlements.
Castle Cornet is Guernsey's ancient harbour fortress, which was isolated upon a rocky islet, until the construction of a breakwater and bridge in the 19th century. The castle contains a number of museums.
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