The Top 10 Castles Kids Most Want To Visit
August 06, 2018 6:00 AM
A poll of 1,000 kids aged six to 16 has revealed the castle that they'd most like to visit, whether real or fictional. The study was commissioned by English Heritage ahead of its forthcoming #LoveCastles season, which aims to encourage families to take a trip to one of the nation's forts.
Fictional castles dominated their bucket lists, although landmarks such as a castle which is reputedly one of the UK's most haunted feature in the top 10, as well as several make-believe castles from children's movies and the Harry Potter franchise. Kate Mavor, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said "we are in danger of creating an 'iCastle Generation' of kids who have only ever seen a castle on a screen."
She adds, "most of us can remember our first trip to a castle – whether on a day out with the family or a school trip, but today's children are increasingly likely to catch their first glimpse via TV or film rather than in real life."
The research also found 60% of kid's earliest memories of castles were through TV, film and books, while 43% revealed they are more familiar with fictional forts than real-life ones.
It also emerged two thirds enjoy visiting castles and half of kids "love" castles, but 37% haven't visited one for more than a year and half wished their parents took them to see castles more often. In fact, 41% wished they lived in a castle.
10. Sleeping Beauty's Castle
9. Dover Castle, Kent
8. Windsor Castle, Berkshire
7. Far Far Away Castle, Shrek
6. Castle Doom, Marvel Comics
5. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
4. Beast's Castle, Beauty And The Beast
3. Elsa's Ice Palace, Frozen
2. Cinderella's Castle
1. Hogwarts, Harry Potter
A separate poll of 1,000 adults found more than half are more familiar with real castles than those from TV, books and films and in contrast to the kids survey findings, the top ten castles grown-ups would most like to visit were dominated by real-life forts, including Tintagel Castle in Cornwall and Dover Castle on the Kent coast.
Amid this, seven in ten adults said they enjoy visiting castles, but 38% haven't been to one within the past two years. English Heritage is hosting a range of events and activities this summer across its 66 castles in England – including jousts, trails, sandcastle-building workshops and Minecraft workshops.
Kate Mavor added, "we’re calling on families up and down the country to reverse the 'iCastle Generation' trend and take a day out to a real life castle. In our castles kids can run around in the sunshine, watch gallant knights jousting, build a sandcastle or, for those who just can't give up the screen, build a castle in a special Minecraft workshop."
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