Castles of England/North Yorkshire

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There are more than 30 castles in North Yorkshire, reflecting its turbulent history.

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Ayton Castle Castle 120113–14th century Fragment Ayton Castle.jpg HCCL icon.svg
Local authority
Barden Tower Castle 140115th century Ruins Barden Tower - - 38331.jpg HCCL icon.svg
Bolton Castle Quadrangular castle 130114th century Ruins Bolton Castle.JPG HCCL icon.svg Besieged and slighted during Civil War.
Cawood Castle Quadrangular castle 13741374–88 Fragments Cawood Castle.jpg Landmark Trust Largely demolished 1750, gatehouse survives.
Clifford's Tower Keep 120113th century Restored Cliffordstower1.jpg EHEH icon.svg Reduced in height 1596.
Crayke Castle Tower house 140115th century Restored Crayke Castle, Hambledon, North Yorkshire.jpg Private 170118th and 19th century additions and alterations.
Danby Castle Quadrangular castle 130114th century Fragmentary ruins Danby Castle Ruins - - 146101.jpg Private, farm Partly used as farm buildings.
Gilling Castle Tower house 130114th century Intact St. Martin's Ampleforth School 150116th and 18th century additions and alterations.
Harsley Castle Castle 140115th century Fragmentary remains Harsley Castle.jpg Private, farm Partly used as farm buildings.
Hazlewood Castle Castle 120113–18th century Rebuilt Hazlewood Castle - - 1752647.jpg Hotel Altered 18th and 20th centuries, formerly Carmelite retreat centre.
Hellifield Peel Tower house 130114–15th century Restored Hellifield Peel - - 640957.jpg Hotel Restored 2005.
Helmsley Castle Castle 110112–13th century Fragmentary ruins Helmsley Castle3.jpg EHEH icon.svg Severely slighted 1645.
Hornby Castle Courtyard castle 130114–15th century Restored Hornby castle 2932 large.jpg Private Converted to country house by John Carr, 18th century.
Knaresborough Castle Keep and bailey 110112–14th century Fragmentary ruins Knaresborough Castle ruins.jpg HCCL icon.svg
Duchy of Lancaster
Marmion Tower Fortified manor house 140115th century Fragment Marmion Tower - - 1690757.jpg EHEH icon.svg Surviving gatehouse of Tanfield Castle.
Middleham Castle Keep and bailey 110112–14th century Ruins MiddlehamCJW.jpg EHEH icon.svg
Mulgrave Castle Enclosure castle 110112–13th century Fragmentary ruins Eastern Guard Tower, Mulgrave Castle - - 401799.jpg HCCL icon.svg
Marquess of Normanby
Superseded by 18–19th century castellated mansion also known as Mulgrave Castle.
Nappa Hall Fortified manor house 14591459 Intact Nappa Hall (geograph 1809781).jpg Private Enlarged 17th century. Probably the finest, least-spoilt fortified manor house in the north of England.
Pickering Castle Keep and bailey 110112–14th century Ruins PickeringCastle.jpg EHEH icon.svg
Ravensworth Castle Castle 130114th century Fragmentary remains Ravensworth Castle - - 1709271.jpg Private
Richmond Castle Keep and bailey 100111–14th century Ruins The Keep at Richmond Castle.jpg EHEH icon.svg Keep 100 ft high.
Ripley Castle Tower house 140115–16th century Rebuilt Ripley Castle - - 778601.jpg HHHH icon.png Extended 1783–6 in Gothic Revival style.
Scarborough Castle Keep and bailey 110112–13th century Ruins Scarborough Castle 3.jpg EHEH icon.svg
Sheriff Hutton Castle Quadrangular castle 13821382 Fragmentary ruins Sheriff Hutton Castle. - - 1036360.jpg Private
Skelton Castle Castellated house 120113–19th century Intact Skelton Castle - - 92653.jpg Private 170118–19th century house incorporates remains of medieval castle.
Skipton Castle Castle 110112–17th century Restored Skipton Castle - - 1202627.jpg HHHH icon.png Partly demolished 1649, rebuilt 1657–8.
Snape Castle Castle 140115–18th century Restored Snape Castle.jpg Private Mostly reconstructed 17th century, partly ruined.
South Cowton Castle Tower house 140115th century Restored Cowton Castle - - 1104614 cropped.jpg Private Altered 19th century, farmhouse.
Spofforth Castle Fortified manor house 120113–15th century Fragmentary ruins Spofforth Castle.jpg EHEH icon.svg
Whorlton Castle Castle 130114–16th century Fragmentary ruins Whorlton Castle - - 517497.jpg HCCL icon.svg Remains of gatehouse.
Wilton Castle Neo-romantic castle 1810c.1810 Intact Wilton Castle, Teesside (geograph 2264814).jpg Private apartments By Sir Robert Smirke on site of medieval castle.