Places to Visit: Kenilworth Castle

Continuing my trek through last years photos, I came across a rather cold day we spent at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, one of our favourite places as we used to live just over half an hour away.  Despite the weather and the muddy wellies, it was still a great day.  photo
Kenilworth began life as a Norman Keep in the time of Henry I (1120 or so) and became a royal castle under Henry II. Over time, it was built up into an island stronghold able to protect Henry III (though it is no longer surrounded by a mere or lake). With each monarch, it changed. This can be seen in the Tudor Stables (which now house a rather tasty tea room) and the Elizabethan Gatehouse. The Gatehouse was built by Robert Dudley as a place for Elizabeth I when she visited. Walking around, it’s interesting to see the changes and imagine what it was like during so many key periods in my country’s history.  Continue reading “Places to Visit: Kenilworth Castle”

My Sunday Photo: Castle Guards

So I’ve finally gotten round to swapping over all the photos from my old laptop to my new one (it’s only been four months!).  While I was I came across this one – though I have no idea where it came from.  I was obviously playing with taking a photo in black and white and filters on my photo app but I quite liked it.  Anyone got any idea where it was taken?
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My Sunday Photo – a view of the dales

We had guests visiting this week from overseas so did a whistle stop tour of North Yorkshire and the North East. It included one of my favourite castles, Richmond Castle…mainly because of the views of the Yorkshire Dales from the top of the central tower. Unfortunately, the day we visited the weather wasn’t great BUT I still don’t think you can beat the view…
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