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Castle ruins with an upstairs?
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nonamemummy · 25/02/2022 09:39

We’ve been to lots of castle ruins and walked around ground level but my son would like to go to one where they still have some of the other floors or stairs remaining that you can go up. Does anyone know of any? Ideally south west area

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heldinadream · 25/02/2022 09:44

I don't know of any ruins like that and I'm not sure they exist, but why don't you look at taking him to some National Trust places? They are amazing and lots of them are castles and you can learn and explore lots of aspects. Great for a boy who obviously has an imaginative connection to history, IMHO.

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Hermanfromguesswho · 25/02/2022 09:45

Not south west but Framlingham castle is exactly as you describe

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User12398712 · 25/02/2022 09:46

Ones I can think of, all in the south east though:

Dover - quite complete, doesn't really fit ruined but a fabulous day out.
Rochester - ruined, you can go up and around the outside of floors but no actual flooring if that makes sense.
Orford - small and ruined outside but you can go all the way up to the top and it's quite complete inside.
Framlingham - very ruiny and has a little bit of inside that you can go in but a great wall walk all the way around.

I'd have a browse of the English Heritage website and see what is in your area and if it fits the bill.

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SNUG2022 · 25/02/2022 09:47

Not South West but Pembroke Castle is huge and has upstairs rooms.

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stargirl1701 · 25/02/2022 09:47

Stirling, Edinburgh, Glamis all come to mind but they are not ruins.

Elcho, maybe?

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crouchingpheasant · 25/02/2022 09:48

Old Wardour castle near Salisbury has an upstairs - it's fantastic. We went last summer and the kids loved it.

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JohannSebastianBach · 25/02/2022 09:48

Conwy castle is like that, so is Warkworth but neither is in the south!
Both very nice to visit though.

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User12398712 · 25/02/2022 09:49

North Wales have lots of castles as well, been a while since I've been but places like Conwy, Carnarvon (quite complete) and Harlech (not sure if this one has any up levels).

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spotcheck · 25/02/2022 09:49

@crouchingpheasant

Old Wardour castle near Salisbury has an upstairs - it's fantastic. We went last summer and the kids loved it.

Second this...
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heldinadream · 25/02/2022 09:50

Here in the west Montacute might be a good place to start. Whereabouts are you? I'm near Bristol and I've been to most of them in this area over the years and many further afield.

Tyntesfield is another, just west of Bristol.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house?PlaceMapClick=228

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield?PlaceMapClick=2362

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TheGirlInTheGreenDress · 25/02/2022 09:51

Goodrich Castle near Ross on Wye has an upstairs and is close to the South West

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parietal · 25/02/2022 09:52

Wales has LOT of castles & most with many levels / dungeons / towers etc.

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Babdoc · 25/02/2022 09:52

If you are ever on holiday in Scotland, you can get the boat over to the island in the middle of Loch Leven, in Fife.
The ruined castle where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner has an upper floor banqueting hall which is still intact enough to go up and visit inside. The DDs and I had our picnic alone in there on a wild day with a black sky and a howling wind - it was v atmospheric! On sunny days you can picnic on the grass in the sheltered walled courtyard.

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FlibbertyGiblets · 25/02/2022 09:56

Caldicot castle still has a tower you can climb.

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senua · 25/02/2022 09:58

How good is his castling knowledge? Could you fool him with Dunster Castle?

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DogsAndGin · 25/02/2022 10:00

Goodrich castle - Ross on Wye

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RishiRich · 25/02/2022 10:04

Cornwall:

  • Falmouth Castle
  • Pendennis Castle
  • St Mawes Castle

    Devon:
  • Dartmouth Castle

    Dorset:
  • Portland Castle

    Isle of Wight:
  • Carisbrooke Castle (recommended - you can walk almost all the way round the battlements and there's lots going on)
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SnotMikeUpPuffedHe · 25/02/2022 10:04

Depending on where you are in the SW, I think heading over to South Wales might be your best bet, as others have said.

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nonamemummy · 25/02/2022 10:06

Thanks for much for all the recommendations everyone, I’ll have to start Googling them all! @parietal I didn’t even think about dungeons! That would be amazing! @senua we have already done dunster a few times, we love it!
@heldinadream I’m very close to Bristol! Ill have a look at that one. We don’t mind travelling a couple of hours either

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SnotMikeUpPuffedHe · 25/02/2022 10:07

[quote heldinadream]Here in the west Montacute might be a good place to start. Whereabouts are you? I'm near Bristol and I've been to most of them in this area over the years and many further afield.

Tyntesfield is another, just west of Bristol.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house?PlaceMapClick=228

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield?PlaceMapClick=2362[/quote]
Neither of those are castles though, or ruined.

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RishiRich · 25/02/2022 10:07

If you want to make a weekend of it then St Michael's Mount is reached by a causeway. Very picturesque, battlements and inside both tourable and Marazion has an excellent beach, rockpools and eating options.

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nonamemummy · 25/02/2022 10:08

@SnotMikeUpPuffedHe I’m near Bristol so would defo try South Wales. Could you recommend any? Bonus now if they have a dungeon aswell!

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downbad · 25/02/2022 10:08

Skipton Castle has upstairs parts to it, we had a great day there

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Theforest · 25/02/2022 10:08

Kidwelly Castle is not massive but great to explore. Often with re-enactments. Not ruined though.

Llansteffan is ruins which you can climb to upper levels.

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mumonthehill · 25/02/2022 10:09

Pembroke castle! A bit far west but fab. Also in Pembrokeshire is Cilgerran castle which is small but has turrets you can climb up.

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