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July 11, 2012

Want to Live in a Castle?

I’m continuing my run up to the Olympic games by revisiting some of my British photos. The theme for this week is castles.

Let’s get started…

UK - Arundel Castle

This is Arundel Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk, in West Sussex. Some of the scenes in The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt, were filmed here.


UK - Bodiam Castle

This is Bodiam Castle in East Sussex. It was built in 1385 and was used as both a home and secure fortress. Pretty setting, no?


UK - Brighton

And here we have the fanciful Royal Pavilion, built for the Prince Regent between 1787 and 1823. It’s a real Brighton icon.


UK - Buckingham Palace

This is the famous Buckingham Palace in central London, home of the Queen.

Britain is full of castles, ranging from ruins you can wander around and explore at will to huge castles full of amazing treasures and stories. It’s hard to pick my favorite castle, but I did enjoy Warwick Castle in Warwickshire, which has jousting and all sorts of interesting events.

Is there a particular English castle you’ve always dreamed of visiting?


  1. Savannah Chase

    Those look so amazing and just wow. Would love to see them for real.

    • Shelley Munro

      They are amazing, Savannah, and each is very different from the next whether they’re ruins or a home someone lives in.

  2. Angela Brown

    I used to imagine it would be a wonderful experience to live in a castle until I started learning more about the lack of certain “life’s luxuries” for some of them. No wonder so many maids were needed so that life could feel fancy free.

    Yet, it’s still a dreamy idea to spend one night as a princess beneath a castle’s far reaching ceiling and exquisite chambers.

    • Shelley Munro

      Hubby and I stayed in a castle in Scotland that had been turned into a youth hostel. It was meant to be haunted but was over run with school kids the night we stayed. They managed to chase every self-respecting ghost away. I was most disappointed!