Windsor Castle is named Britain's best-loved in nationwide survey
Viewers will have their castle fixation fulfilled by a new 'Castle' collection on the free television on-demand service UKTV Play
As the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday year, one of her most historic residences has been named the nation's best-loved castle.
Windsor Castle in Berkshire - which dates back to the 11th century - topped the poll commissioned by TV on demand service UKTV Play to launch 'The Castle Collection' - a selection of programmes celebrating the eclectic range of shows featuring castles, from Time Team to The Secret Lives of the Tudors - even Lovejoy.
Windsor has had an illustrious role in British history for centuries. Europe's longest occupied palace has been used by all monarchs since Henry I first stayed there 1110. It was followed in the nation's affections by Bodiam Castle, with Edinburgh Castle in third position. Dover Castle and Alnwick Castle - used as a Hogwarts location for the earlier Harry Potter films - were fourth and fifth respectively.
More than nine in ten Brits (91%) believe castles are an important part of British heritage and history, and the same number have paid to visit a castle as a tourist attraction. The tapestry of historic castles dotted around the UK also topped a list of the things which make people most proud of the UK countryside, with the rolling greenery and hedgerows placed second and the Lake District ranked third.
And it's not just the scenery people like to soak up, the poll revealed that four out of five people visiting a castle expect to see a GHOST.
Castles are clearly a passion for many Brits with almost nine out of ten (88%) saying they have visited a castle within the UK. And of those who have not done so, more than half (51%) would like to.
Emma Boston, general manager, UKTV Play, said,
We are a nation of castle lovers and there are an incredible array of beautiful historical ancient treasures across the country. When we looked at the shows that proved really popular on the service we found that those set in or featuring castles often did really well. So we created the Castle Collection on UTKV Play, where you can find fantastic historical programming such as Time Team, Secrets of Britain and Castle Builders - as well as the surprising, such as an episode of paranormal show Ghost Adventures set in a castle. At UKTV, our mantra is to 'love your thing' so if castles are your thing we have lined up some amazing shows for you.
Despite being close to the nation's heart, Windsor missed out on the honours for being the most romantic of the UK's castles. That accolade went to 14th century Bodiam Castle in East Sussex - with its wide moat and access across a bridge ticking most of the boxes for what Brits expect from a classic castle.
Asked their favourite feature for a classic castle, three fifths (61%) said it should be surrounded by water, with round turrets and a bridge access the next most important. Brits also believe our castles have an air of the supernatural, with over four in ten (43%) expecting to potentially see a ghost when visiting a castle in the UK.
Bodiam Castle - a National Trust property since 1925 - which was thought to be the most romantic example of a classic British castle, chosen by more than half (55%) of those polled, with Eastnor the runner up and Windsor in third place.
The survey was commissioned to celebrate the launch of the 'Castle Collection' on UKTV's on demand TV service UKTV Play which will feature an array of programmes including Time Team, Secrets of Britain, Castle Builders, Ghost Adventures, Inquisition and Tales of Irish Castles.
The 'Castle Collection' is available now on UKTV Play.
NOTES TO EDITORS
The full Castle Collection will include:
- Tales of Irish Castles Ep 1 -6
- Time Team (Doc 04/16), 1, Real Night Of The Round Table
- Time Team (15) Ep (13) The Fort of the Earls
- Time Team (15) Ep 6
- Castle Builders Ep 1-3
- Secrets of Britain Ep 1 - Secrets of the Tower Of London
- Time Team S20 Ep 9
- Time Team S20 Ep 11
- Inquisition Ep 1 Cathars and Templars
- Ghost Adventures S7 Ep 9
- Ghost Adventures S7 Ep 10
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