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In one of my lives I produce documentary films.  We are currently working on our latest project Battle CastleOver the past few years, I have visited each of our Battle Castle Six: Crac des Chevaliers, Chateau Gaillard, Dover Castle, Conwy Castle, Malbork Castle and the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro in Malaga, Spain.

Here five tips for sieging your favourite castle.

  1. Buy the guidebook (ahead of time).  English Heritage and CADW have fabulous guidebooks.  Get it ahead of time and make YOUR list of must sees.
  2. Take a tour, guided or audio.  Malbork Castle in Poland has great system of registering their guides.  They must take a test to prove their knowledge of the castle.  They can point out things most people don’t notice.
  3. Get there early.  Take it from me, castles are best without the crowds.  It stokes your imagination when you can hear the wind whistling through the battlements.
  4. Take a flashlight.  There are lots of places that are not well lit and you don’t want to miss anything.
  5. Fuel up.  There is nothing worse than rushing through just because you are hungry.  Plan a break.  Check off your list and lay out your next plan of attack.

If you’d like to see more pictures, I’ve posted a bunch on Facebook.

Do you have any other tips?  I’d love to hear them.

Photo by Sean F. White