I promised I would be back with more castles!
The Tower of London
There is a reason that there were over three million visitors to the Tower of London in 2013 alone- almost every figure of note in English history has spent some time at the Tower. There are something like 30 different buildings at the Tower, so it is actually several buildings in the same complex if you will. The Royal Chapel here holds the remains of Anne Boleyn, among others. You can spend hours seeing the traces of famous prisoners and visitors to the Tower! The White Tower is generally what people think of, it is the most well known.
I particularly love the Queen’s House (built by Henry VIII for Anne Boleyn), it is so striking!
Kilkenny Castle was built in the late twelfth century by the Earls of Pembroke, later sold to the Butler family. It stayed in the family until it was sold to the city in the mid twentieth century. Kilkenny is a small city, so most of the time we were there (about three and a half hours) were spent in and around the castle!
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Holyrood is an absolutely beautiful castle- with Arthur’s Seat in the background, you couldn’t wish for a better view. Because Her Majesty doesn’t spend a great deal of time there, it is open most of the year for tours (lucky for all of us 🙂 )! My highlight was seeing the spot where David Rizzio was murdered in front of Mary, Queen of Scots and the accompanying bloodstain. Unfortunately I have no picture of the bloodstain because they don’t let you take pictures inside (you can be assured that I bought the guidebook).