18 Castles You Don’t Want to Miss Around the World

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Photo credit: Guillaume Capron

Many of us have dreamt of living like royalty when watching Disney movies or gawking at photos of Will and Kate’s wedding, but we never thought those dreams were within reach. Lucky for us — a number of picturesque castles throughout the world offer extensive tours, so we can all stop looking for prince charming and still get an idea of what living like royalty feels like. From the tiny corners of Europe to all areas of the United Kingdom, these castles should be on every bucket list. 

1. Bodiam Castle, Robertsbridge, United Kingdom

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Location
Bodiam, Robertsbridge,
East Sussex TN32 5UA
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1580 830196

Cost of Entry
Adults: £7.20
Children: £3.60
Family: £18.00
Group adult: £6.40
Group child: £3.20

Plan your trip to Bodiam Castle.

2. Schwerin Castle, Germany

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Location
LennÈstrafle 1, 19053
Schwerin, Germany
Phone: +49 385 5252920

Cost of Entry
Adults: €6
Group ticket (15 or more): €4
Family ticket: €10
School classes with teaching staff: Free

Plan your visit to Schwerin Castle.

3. Buckingham Palace, England, United Kingdom

Buckingham Palace, castle in London

Location
Buckingham Palace Road,
London SW1A 1AA.
Nearest Train Station: Victoria
Nearest Underground: Green Park, Victoria, Hyde Park Corner
Bus Routes: 11, 211, C1, C10
Phone: +44 (0)20 7766 7300

Cost of entry to the State Rooms, the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews:

Adult:  £34.50
Over 60/ Student (with valid ID):  £31.50
Under 17:  £19.50
Under 5:  Free
Family:  £88.50 (2 adults and 3 under 17 years)
A booking fee of £1.25 per ticket applies.

Plan your visit to Buckingham Palace.

4. Conwy Castle, Wales, United Kingdom

Conway Castle

Location Information
Rose Hill Street
Conwy LL32 8AY, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1492 592358

Cost of Entry
Adult: £5.75
Family: £17.25*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16:  £4.35

Plan your visit to Conway Castle.

5. Catherine Palace, Russia

Catherine Palace, Russia

Location
7 Sadovaya Street, Pushkin
St Petersburg, 196601, Russia
Phone: + 7 (812) 465-9424

Cost of Entry
Adults: RUB 350
Students (with ID): RUB 180
School children: RUB 180
Pre-school children: Free

Plan your visit to Catherine Palace.

6. Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

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Location
Kylemore, Connemara,
Co. Galway, Ireland
Phone: + 353 95 41146

Cost of Entry
Adults:  € 13.00
Seniors: € 10.00
Students: € 9.00
Accompanied children 10 years and younger: Free
Family Day Pass 1 (2 Adults and 1- 6 Children 10 years and under): € 26.00
Family Day Pass 2 (2 Adults and 1-6 Children 17 years and under or student): € 35.00
Group Rate (more than 10 people): € 8.00

Plan your visit to Kylemore Abbey.

7. Prague Castle, Czech Republic

Photo credit: Craig Elliot
Photo credit: Craig Elliot

Location
Pražský hrad, 119 08 Praha 1,
Czech Republic
Phone: +420 224 373 584

Cost of Entry
For a long visit including Old Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, “The Story of Prague Castle,” Powder Tower, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane/Daliborka Tower, Rosenberg Palace, Prague Castle Picture Gallery:

Full admission: CZK 350
Youth age 6-16: CZK 175
Students 26 years and younger: CZK 175
Seniors over 65 years: CZK 175

Plan your visit to Prague Castle.

8. Portchester Castle, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Portchester Castle, Hampshire

Location
Church Ln, Fareham, Portchester
Hampshire PO16 9QW, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 870 333 1181

Cost of Entry
Adults: £5.00
Children: £3.00
Concessions: £4.50
EH Member: Free
Family Ticket: £13.00

Plan your visit to Portchester Castle.

9. Hohensalzburg Castle, Austria

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Monchsberg 34, 5020
Salzburg, Austria
Phone:+43 662 84243011

Cost of Entry
Adult: €9,80
Groups of 10 or more: €8,90
Youth age 6-15: €5,60
Youth groups: €5,10

Plan your trip to Hohensalzburg Castle.

10. Corfe Castle, Dorset

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Location
The Square, Corfe Castle,
Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5EZ
Phone: +44 1929 481294

Cost of Entry
Below are standard peak prices. Prices may vary during on and off-peak seasons.

Additional family: £12.00
Adult: £8.00
Child: £4.00
Family: £20.00
Group adult: £7.20
Group child: £3.60

Plan your visit to Corfe Castle.

11. Chateau de Chambord, France

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Location
Domaine national de Chambord F – 41250
Chambord, France
Phone: +33 2 54 50 40 00

Cost of Entry
Adult over 25 years: €11.00
Groups of 20 or more:  €9.00
Visitors under 25 years:  Free

Plan your visit to Chateau Chambord.

12. Castillo de Coca, Spain

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Location
Ronda del Castillo, s/n, 40480 Coca,
Segovia, Segovia, Spain
Phone: +34 617 57 35 54

Cost of Entry
(VAT Included)
General Admission: €2.70
Retirees and Pensioners with ID: €2.00
Children 7-14 years accompanied by adults: €2.00

Plan your visit do Castillo de Coca.

13. Windsor Castle, United Kingdom

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Location
Windsor and Maidenhead
SL4 1NJ, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 020 7766 7304

Cost of Entry
Adult: £18.50
Over 60 years or student(with valid ID): £16.75
Visitors 5-17 years: £11.00
Under 5 years: Free
Family: £48.00 (2 adults and 3 under 17 years)

Plan your visit to Windsor Castle.

14. Taranto Castle, Italy

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Location
Piazza Castello, 4 – 74100
Taranto, Taranto, Italy
Phone: +39 099 775 3438

Cost of Entry
All ages: Free

Plan your trip to Taranto Castle.

15. Trakai Castle, Lithuania

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Location
Vytauto str. 69
LT-21001 Trakai, Lithuania
Phone: + 370 528  53 946

Cost of Entry
Adults: LTL 18
Children and Students: LTL 8
Seniors: LTL 12

Plan your trip to Trakai Castle.

16. Le Chateau de Chenonceau

Photo credit: Daniel Jolivet
Photo credit: Daniel Jolivet

Location
37150 Chenonceaux, France
Phone: +33 2 47 23 90 07

Cost of Entry
Adults: €11
Children 7-18 years: €8.5
Students (with ID): €8.5

Plan your trip to Le Chateau de Chenonceau.

17. Peles Castle, Romania

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Location
Aleea Peleșului 2
Sinaia 106100, Romania
Phone: +40 244 310 918

Cost for Entry
Adults: RON 20
Seniors: RON 10
Students: RON 5

Plan your trip to Peles Castle.

18. Predjama Castle, Slovenia

Photo credit: Michael Day
Photo credit: Michael Day

Location
Predjama 1
Predjama, Slovenia
Phone: +386 5 700 01 00

Cost of Entry
Adults: €9
Students: €7.20
Children 6-15 years: €5.40
Children 5 years or less: €1

Plan your trip to Predjama Castle.

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About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a freelance writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, learning new cultures and surfing new waves.

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