20 Fairy Tale Castles you Can Actually Stay In

Vaux Le Vicomte Castle Illuminated by Candlelight


For many people, fairy tales are one of the most memorable parts of childhood.  These stories, which often contain some sort of helpful anecdote, are frequently being told to young children around the world, who often dream that their lives will turn out like the characters in the story.  One of the most common themes in fairy tales is the idea of castles.  In several fairytale stories, including Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, castles represent goodness, royalty, and power.  In many of these stories, the protagonist spends much of his/her time trying to enter the castle. As a result, it is not uncommon for children to wish that they could live in some sort of castle, and for many people, this hidden desire never completely goes away.  Even to many adults, the idea of living a fancy lifestyle in a luxurious castle is appealing. Sadly, real life castles are not as readily available in real life as they are in fairy tales (unless you’re part of the royal family). Fortunately; however, there are castles all around the world that allow visitors to stay overnight.  Here are 20 fairy tale castles you can actually stay in.

1. Highclere Castle, England

Highclere Castle

(Photo courtesy of Forbes.com)

2. Glenapp Castle, Scotland

Glenapp

(Photo courtesy of TravelPod.com)

3. Chateau Plombis, France

Chateau Plombis

(Photo courtesy of ChataeuPlombis.com)

4. Dairsie Castle, Fife

Dairsie Castle

(Photo courtesy of DairsieCastle.com)

5. Augill Castle, Cumbria

Augill Castle

(Photo Courtesy of Flickr)

6. Swinton Park, England

Swinton Park

(Photo courtesy of SwintonPark.com)

7. Ashford Castle, Ireland

Ashford Castle

(Photo courtesy of AshfordCastle.com)

8. Burg Wernbeg, Germany

Burg Wernberg

(Photo courtesy of Bergensite.de)

9. Ruthin Castle, Wales

Ruthin Castle

(Photo courtesy of Flickr)

10. Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland

Dunrobin Castle

(Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.com)

11. Domus Civita, Italy

Domus Civita

(Photo courtesy of DomusCivita.com)

12. Balfour Castle, Orkney

Balfour Castle

(Photo courtesy of BalfourCastle.co.uk)

13. Leasowe Castle, England

Leasowe Castle

(Photo courtesy of WirralGolfTours.com)

14. Peckforten Castle, England

Peckforten Castle

(Photo courtesy of Chester360.co.uk)

15. Amberly Castle, England

Amberley Castle

(Photo courtesy of AmberleyCastle.co.uk)

16. Castle Bijaipur, India

Castle Bijaipur

(Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.com)

17.  Pezula Private Castle, South Africa

Pezula Private Castle

(Photo courtesy of Hilton.com)

18. Castell Aragonese, Italy

Castello Aragonese

(Photo courtesy of VisitItaly.it)

19. Helen’s Tower, Northern Ireland

Helen's Tower

(Photo courtesy of Cladenboye.co.uk)

20. Chateau de Challain, France

Chateau de Challain

(Photo courtesy of ChateuChallain.com)

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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