Hardwick Hall sits on a hilltop between Chesterfield and Mansfield, overlooking the Derbyshire countryside. It was designed for Bess of Hardwick (the richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I), Countess of Shrewsbury and ancestress of the Dukes of Devonshire, by Robert Smythson in the late 16th century. It remained in the ownership of her descendants until the mid-twentieth century.
Unlike other castles in Scotland, Slains Castle, Cruden Bay has been left neglected to nature, rather than placed in trust. This is part of its appealing charm and beauty, making this a unique attraction. Slains Castle is a ruined castle near Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, overlooking the North Sea.
Dolwyddelan Castle, a mountain stronghold of the Welsh princes, stands in a magnificent location deep in Snowdonia. It was built between about 1210 and 1240 by Llywelyn the Great, ruler of Snowdonia, to control a strategic pass through his mountainous kingdom
HEDINGHAM CASTLE ~ MATILDA, WIFE OF KING STEPHEN, DIED AT HEDINGHAM CASTLE ON 3 MAY 1152 / HOME TO THE FAMOUS DE VERE FAMILY OF OXFORD. BUILT BY AUBREY DE VERE I IN THE 12TH CENTURY. IN 1133 AUBREY DE VERE II WAS CREATED MASTER CHAMBERLAND BY HENRY I.