Local castles in top 10 listing

Northumberland has two entries in a new top 10 of Britain's favourite castles.

Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 11:28 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 12:31 pm
Bamburgh Castle.

Alnwick Castle was ranked sixth and Bamburgh Castle ninth in a poll commissioned by UKTV Play to launch The Castle Collection – a selection of programmes celebrating a range of shows featuring castles, from Time Team to The Secret Lives of the Tudors.

The Queen’s affection for Windsor Castle appears to be shared by the public, who have named it their best-loved castle.

The Berkshire residence was followed in the nation’s affections by Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, with Edinburgh Castle third. Next was Warwick Castle, Dover Castle was fifth, Leeds Castle was seventh, Caernarfon Castle in Wales came eighth and Stirling Castle tenth.

Emma Boston, general manager of UKTV Play, said: “We are a nation of castle lovers and there are an incredible array of beautiful historical ancient treasures across the country.

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“When we looked at the shows that proved really popular on the service we found that those set in or featuring castles often did really well.

“So we created the Castle Collection on UTKV Play, where you can find fantastic historical programming such as Time Team, Secrets Of Britain and Castle Builders – as well as the surprising, such as an episode of paranormal show Ghost Adventures set in a castle.”