Top 10 castle stays in the UK

Feel like a king or a queen on one of these breaks

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Fancy living it up like royalty? Well there are plenty of options with these 10 stunning castle breaks.

From city palaces to rural castles, there is something for everyone with these amazing hotel stays.

So pack up your best finery and learn to live like a royal for the weekend.

1 Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh (pictured above)

One night from £139 half-board for two

Live it up like a laird in Scotland's oldest inhabited castle, on the banks of the River Eske, just eight miles outside the Scottish capital.

Dating back to the 13th century when it was the seat of the Clan Ramsay, Dalhousie is steeped in history – it played host to King Edward I, Oliver Cromwell, Sir Walter Scott and Queen Victoria and has its own resident spirit in the 16th century ghost of Lady Catherine.

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Dalhousie still reigns supreme... it was Scotland's Castle Hotel of 2016.

There's fine dining in the vaulted dungeons, you can eat royally on local salmon, venison and grouse.

The whole family can try falconry – flying the Castle's hawks or owls (£40pp).

THE DEAL: In February one night B&B with dinner for two starts at £139 or one night B&B in a Castle Double Room starts at £235.

2 Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

One night from £163 for a family of three

William the Conqueror built this Castle on a bend in the River Avon as a Midlands stronghold in 1068. It's welcomed royals such as Elizabeth I, who stayed here in 1572.

It's imprisoned a few too, including Edward IV in the 15th century. Today the Grade 1 listing building is one of the most visited in the UK.

Now there's a chance for families with toddlers to enjoy a Castle stayover this spring with the launch of 'Tiny Knights' sleepovers in the medieval-themed Knights Village set in the Castle grounds.

THE DEAL: Book a mid-week stay on selected dates in March and May and save up to 25 percent, from £163 for two adults and one child under three in a Woodland Lodge.

Includes two days' priority entry to the Castle, breakfast in the Medieval Banquet Hall, two-hour playtime in the Tiny Knight's Club and car parking.

3 Ballygally Castle, Ireland

B&B from £75pp per night

On the Antrim coast, overlooking the Irish Sea, the castle is Northern Ireland's only 17th century building still used as a residence today.

Set on the famous Causeway Coastal Route, it commands majestic views out to sea towards Scotland.

An extensive £3million makeover in 2014 has spruced up the four-star hotel's 54 suites and rooms with new modern décor.

Apparently this hasn't deterred the friendly spirit which reputedly haunts the "ghost room" in one of the towers.

Belfast is just 26 miles away, while Giant's Causeway is a 90-minute drive away. Games of Thrones fans can explore some of the hit show's filming locations.

THE DEAL: Hastings Hotels offers B&B at the Ballygally Castle from £75pp.

4 Bovey Castle, Devon

One night from £179 for two

This five-star estate on Dartmoor's National Park was a manor house built on land bought in 1890 by bookseller and newsagent WH Smith, who became Viscount Hambledon.

Set in 275 acres of picturesque countryside, it opened as a hotel and golf course in 1930, then did duty as a military hospital during WWII.

Golfers will love the 18-hole championship course and there are plenty of other activities, including unusual pursuits such as cider and sloe gin making, crolf (a cross between croquet and golf) and falconry.

You have a relaxing treatment in the Elan spa, or have a dip in the Art Deco pool.

THE DEAL: Rooms start at £179 a night based on two sharing, through Pride of Britain Hotels.

5 Leeds Castle, Kent

From £70 per adult per night

Recorded in the Domesday Book as the Saxon "Manor of Esledes", Leeds Castle has a magnificent history.

Set in 500 acres of picturesque parkland and gardens inside a moat, it's known as "the loveliest castle in the world".

With so much to see it's worth sleeping over in one of the luxurious pavilion tents.

Kitted out with a four-poster bed, furry throws and a wood-burning stove, all you need to bring is food for cooking on a griddle over an open fire pit.

Bathroom facilities can be found in the nearby Knights's Cottage.

THE DEAL: Between April 1 and September 30, a night in a tent sleeping up to four costs from £140 for two adults and £20 per child per night (weekends minimum two-night stay).

6 Ackergill Tower, Highlands

One night from £135 for two

Take the high road to Caithness and be king of the castle at this five-star pile sitting at one of the northernmost points of the Scottish Highlands – John O'Groats is just 16 miles away.

Caithness is rich in royal history welcoming modern-day monarchy including the Duke of Rothesay (Prince Charles) while nearby Castle of Mey was The Queen Mother's summer holiday home.

Set on 3,000 acres of land, Ackergill Tower has its own traditional pub as well as Europe's largest treehouse.

The Estate is fertile ground for spotting wildlife such as puffins, eagles, seals and otters. More active pursuits include mountain-biking, archery and clay pigeon shooting.

THE DEAL: A stay in a Classic Room in the Tower starts at £135 a night.

7 Augull, Cumbria

One night from £180 for two

In the tranquil Eden Valley, on the edge of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, this delightful folly rose out of a feud.

In 1841 in a bid to outdo his brother, John Bagot Pearson commissioned Augull, complete with turrets, towers and ornate windows, as a country retreat where he could lavishly entertain friends.

While its 15 decadent bedrooms make for an opulent stay, there's an easy-going hospitality that is family-friendly.

The whole castle can be rented for a private party, including use of Augull's Great British Bar which features beers, wines and spirits made in the UK.

THE DEAL: A stay at Augull costs from £180 a night.

8 Roche Castle, Pembrokeshire

One night B&B from £150 for two

Near the village of Roche between St Davids and Haverfordwest, this Norman castle has been ruling the roost since the 12th century, and last year it was crowned the best five-star hotel in Wales by Trivago.

Perched on a rocky outcrop, it has views from St Brides Bay to the Preseli Hills.

Original features are complemented by local art and mod-cons.

It's worth the 20-minute tip (free shuttle) to Blas Restaurant in sister hotel Twr y Felin for a seasonal menu of Welsh fare.

THE DEAL: B&B doubles at Roche Castle starts at £150 a night.

9 Ruthin, North Wales

One night half board from £280 for two


Ruthin Castle, Ruthin, Wales, UK

Since the first castle – on the site of an iron age fort – was built in 1277 (for King Edward I) Ruthin has welcomed kings and queens through the ages, while Henry VIII, Mary I and Charles I are among its royal owners.

It became the "centre of dangerous romantic intrigue" in 1901 when the Castle's mistress at the time, 'Patsy' Cornwallis-West was embroiled in a love affair with Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII).

Set in acres of parkland against the backdrop of the Clwydian Range, the Ruthin Castle Hotel has five-star stays in its luxurious suites and rooms.

You can relax in its Moat Spa or revel in one of the hotel's popular Medieval Feast nights (£55pp).

THE DEAL: Two-day weekend break for two starts at £280, with a four-course meal and full Welsh breakfast plus £15pp towards a spa treatment.

10 Pentillie Castle, Cornwall

From £58pppn

Fans of Dawn French drama Delicious will recognise this Georgian castle in the Tamar Valley – it plays the role of the Penrose Hotel.

Its spectacular setting on the banks of the Tamar in a 2,000-acre estate with 55 acres of woodland gardens, an impressive lime avenue and even a Victorian bathing hut means its a big hit as a wedding venue.

The five-star B&B has eight double bedrooms and one four-poster suite.

THE DEAL: B&B doubles from £58per person per night.

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