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And you're a dirty rascal: 10 castles close to London

It is the stuff dreams are made of, where legends are made, where myths are created. Everyone loves a castle! Who as a kid (or even in later life) has not run around the empty shell of an abandoned castle pretending to be a knight of the realm, branding an imaginary sword and fighting against a parent or sibling for ultimate control of the domaine? Thanks to our long and rich military history and the fact that we were constantly under the threat of attack, there are a great number of castles around the UK, many of which are still largely in tact. Here is a selection of castles, both military or otherwise, that can easily be visited during a day trip from London.