The Majesty of Castles in Europe

On various trips to Europe, I never took any castles tours.

However, on my last trip to Cardiff, Wales, and London I decided to fulfill the inner Disney kid in me and visit various castles.

My first stop was Cardiff Castle in Wales. Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city center of Cardiff, Wales. The original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort.

Inside the castle apartments.  These ceilings are made out of real gold.

From 1866 the 3rd Marquess employed the genius architect William Burges to transform the Castle lodgings. Within gothic towers he created lavish and opulent interiors, rich with murals, stained glass, marble, gilding and elaborate wood carvings. Each room has its own special theme, including Mediterranean gardens and Italian and Arabian decoration.

IMG_5314
Norman Keep

It was sooooooo cold!

Caerphilly Castle

fullsizeoutput_155f

This is the largest castle in Whales!

The castle was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan, and saw extensive fighting between Gilbert and his descendants and the native Welsh rulers.  It has the most elaborate water defences in all Britain – it occupies around 30 acres, and is the second largest castle in Britain.  It is famous for having introduced concentric castle defences to Britain and for its large gatehouses.

fullsizeoutput_155e

W+ZQxc%lSJKkbhcLtt4GGQ
Banquet Room
fullsizeoutput_1556
Crashed a wedding set up in the Banquet room 

Windsor Castle

fullsizeoutput_1495

As you can see the weather was not the best for pics.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

fullsizeoutput_148d

The castle security does not allow pictures to be taken inside the castle, which is unfortunate because it was so incredible!

My last tour was Dover Castle and the White Cliffs.

Dover Castle

Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent, England. It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the “Key to England” due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

fullsizeoutput_1484

fullsizeoutput_1481
King’s Bedroom
fullsizeoutput_147e
View of Dover Castle from Roof Top
IMG_5511
Dover Castle Roof Top

Every photo this coat was on repeat because it was freezing!

The last stop was White Cliffs of Dover

Q4TTA80ISE6OBYcEcFb8Kwlmpvb2CGTvKJH5RSeW37zQTcnzcPr0Tn2dd8u5zzyqSAfullsizeoutput_1478

Just behind this picture is France!

Please leave in the comments below any castles you think I should visit next!

Sending love vibes!  💋

Follow me on any of these social media links:

Instagram
Facebook
Twitter

20 Comments

  1. New Life Fresh You

    I live in Cardiff 😮😮. I visited the castle 2 years ago. But is not my cup of tea😂🙈. Unfortunately I hate history and l’ve always been rubbish at this subject😂. I hope you enjoyed 🤗😍

    1. IngridMadisonAve

      Oh wow, you live in Cardiff. That’s awesome! It’s a beautiful place. Ha ha, rubbish. I love that expression. 😄

    1. IngridMadisonAve

      🙌🏼 they are fabulous! Thank you. The cold was not nice. 🙉 I almost did not add the pictures of me because they all look the same with coat. 🙈

  2. tabsstyle

    I need to travel much more! Specially the British Isles have so much great places!
    Well the castles in Germany are also an interesting place to visit 😉

    Have a good start into the Weekend!

    Hugs,

    Tabea

    1. IngridMadisonAve

      If you can make the time to travel it definitely is such a pleasure. Oh this is so good to know about the British Isles and Germany Castles. Thank you! 💋💖

    1. IngridMadisonAve

      Thank you! 😘 I have been to Versailles many times. My father is French, so he would take me to Versailles whenever we visited París. I was there a couple of years ago. It’s one of my favorite places in the world. xx

  3. kaybe610

    I have visited so many castles in the UK over the years! I just love doing that, visiting castles, palaces and grand estates… I think Dover castle was the first one I ever visited way back in 1991 🙂 how time flies… Many castle visits have followed over the decades!

    1. IngridMadisonAve

      It was my first time ever visiting European castles. Now I am an addict. I cannot wait to go back and visit more. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend! 😘

Leave a Reply