At first glance from across the Nogat River, Malbork Castle appears to tower over the surrounding town. The world’s largest castle, dating back to the 13th century, it is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
It’s no wonder Chatsworth House is deemed one of England’s architectural masterpieces. The Cavendish family residence since 1549, the stately home nestled in the heart of the Midlands was built to show off.
In Slane Village, in Boyne Valley, about 35 minutes from Dublin, the lush valley with its crisscrossing canals and rolling hills are so scenic, the landscape has been used as the backdrop for shows like Game of Thrones . But now, the region is drawing tourists for a different reason: farm-to-table dining, glamping, and stays at the namesake castle.
On the way to Dromoland Castle in County Clare on the west coast of the Emerald Isle, the rolling hills and ruins of watchtowers signal movement through time. There is a stillness and simplicity, but also a cleanness and beauty that is enough in itself.
“Canada” and “castle” are not two words one would immediately place side by side. But indeed there are even more Canadian castles than the famous ones we have all heard of, like Casa Loma and Château Frontenac.
Despite its great beauty, the Irish castle is home to one of the most poisonous gardens in the world.
One needs no occasion to enjoy the historic garden styles, rolling vineyards, and ancient wisteria vines that make this region so Edenic—only a sense of where to explore.