There is something about castles that fascinates many of us. They are majestic buildings steeped in rich history and colourful stories within their many walls.
How would you like to visit some of them, right from the comfort of your home.
Have your afternoon tea ready, with a light snack and get ready to explore these magnificent castles from the comfort of your couch.
BLARNEY CASTLE – BLARNEY VILLAGE, IRELAND
Home of the famous Blarney Stone, this tour around Blarney Castle takes you inside the castle and through the gardens as well.
PALACE OF VERSAILLES – PARIS, FRANCE
As a popular day trip from Paris, Versailles offers opulence and grandeur at every turn, from gold plated gates to pristine gardens.
WINDSOR CASTLE – WINDSOR, ENGLAND
Windsor Castle houses some of the most precious British royal jewels and artefacts. This virtual tour allows you to see inside the Waterloo Chamber, the Crimson Drawing Room and the State Banquet Hall. Fancy!
THE CHÂTEAU OF CHAMBORD – CHAMBORD, FRANCE
A striking and well-preserved castle, sparse on furnishings yet with plenty of architectural and artistic appeal.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE – LONDON, ENGLAND
This virtual tour includes the throne room, the grand staircase and the white drawing room.
NATIONAL PALACE OF QUELUZ – QUELUZ, PORTUGAL
The National Palace of Queluz is located between Lisbon and Sintra and is one of the best examples of rococo and neoclassical architectural styles from the second half of the eighteenth century in Portugal. Take a ‘stroll’ around the gardens and palace exterior.
SCHONBRUNN PALACE – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Take a Google street view tour through beautiful Schonbrunn Palace, a top favourite for many. This well preserved royal residence and museum is one we recommend in real life one day too.
CASTELLO ODESCALCHI – BRACCIANO, ITALY
Located 35km from Rome, Castello overlooks the beautiful town of Bracciano and a lake. The virtual tours take you through the interior, exterior and views of the castle.
SANSSOUCI PALACE & PRUSSIAN PALACES – POTSDAM, GERMANY
Germany has some of the most impressive castles in the world. This is a beautiful place to rival many European displays of riches, with ornate furnishings and decor.
ROYAL PALACE AMSTERDAM – AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
The Royal Palace was built as a town hall but converted into a palace in 1808 by King Louis Napoleon. It remains a palace to this day and is open for public viewings on a regular basis in case you are visiting Amsterdam in future.
AKASAKA PALACE (THE STATE GUEST HOUSE) – MINATO CITY, JAPAN
Built in 1909, Akasaka Palace serves as a place of diplomatic activities by welcoming monarchs and presidents from countries all over the world visiting Japan. The State Guest House underwent major renovations back in 2009 to return it to glory.