Lulworth Castle in Dorset…
What can I say, from the outside as you approach it is the King of Castles. It is every fairy tale castle, the four towers on each corner, built in the 17th-century for the purpose of a hunting lodge by Thomas Howard, he was the 3rd Viscount Howard of Bindon and the grandson of the 3rd Duke of Norfolk.
During the French Revolution, the surviving French royal family used Lulworth as one of their residences in exile. In 1803 Charles x of France briefly stayed there.
Disaster struck in 1929 when a fire gutted the castle. In 1970 English Heritage began the restoration work on it, replacing the roof and the outer walls. The castle today still stands only with the outer shell intact. Inside there are no floors to the upper level and interior walls. There is a make-shift stair which leads up to the roof in one of the towers, be warned you need a good head for heights to climb it!! But the view makes it worth it.
It is owned by the Weld family and is an magnificent tourist attraction. It holds weddings, medieval themed events and well worth a look if you are in the area.
If only the walls could talk……..