Quiz: how much do you know about Britain's castles?

<span>Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Fancy testing your knowledge of some of Britain’s oldest buildings? Of course you do. And here’s your chance, with the Guardian’s castles quiz.

Remember, it’s just for fun – let us know how you get on in the comments. Or complain that you don’t think the questions are right or fair, just like you would do in person at your local pub quiz if you ever get to visit one of those again …

The Guardian’s castles quiz

  1. A castle
    A castle

    Which of King Edward's Welsh castles is this?

    1. Harlech

    2. Beaumaris

    3. Caernarfon

  2. Scottish castle
    Scottish castle

    Which Scottish castle is this?

    1. Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit

    2. Tantallon Castle, North Berwick

    3. Stirling Castle, Stirling

  3. William III statue
    William III statue

    This statue of William III stands outside which castle in Northern Ireland?

    1. Enniskillen Castle

    2. Dunluce Castle

    3. Carrickfergus Castle

  4. A castle in Norfolk
    A castle in Norfolk

    Which Norfolk Castle is this?

    1. Castle Acre, near Swaffham

    2. Castle Rising Castle, King's Lynn

    3. Norwich Castle, Norwich

  5. Which pieces are involved when you 'castle' in chess?

    1. King and a rook

    2. King and a knight

    3. Queen and a rook

  6. Wiston Castle
    Wiston Castle

    Wiston Castle in Wales is one of the best preserved castles of which type?

    1. Motte and bailey

    2. Rectangular keep

    3. Concentric

  7. Mystery football badge for quiz
    Mystery football badge for quiz

    Which Scottish football team has this badge featuring an elephant with a tiny castle peeking over it

    1. Dumbarton

    2. Hearts

    3. Celtic

  8. Leeds Castle
    Leeds Castle

    Leeds Castle is lovely. What county is it in?

    1. Yorkshire

    2. Kent

    3. East Sussex

  9. Which of these is Roy Castle?

    1. Light entertainment star
      Light entertainment star


    2. Light entertainment star
      Light entertainment star


    3. Light entertainment star
      Light entertainment star


    4. Light entertainment genius
      Light entertainment genius

      Or him?

  10. What was the name of the castle that Skeletor was obsessed with attacking in the He-Man cartoons?

    1. Castle Doom

    2. Castle Grayskull

    3. Castle Of Fang Rock

  11. Mary, Queen of Scots
    Mary, Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots was executed in which castle?

    1. Pembroke Castle

    2. Edinburgh Castle

    3. Fotheringhay Castle

  12. Beefeater, the White Tower and a photo-bombing Tower Bridge
    Beefeater, the White Tower and a photo-bombing Tower Bridge

    The White Tower, the heart of the Tower of London by the river Thames, was built by which English monarch?

    1. William I

    2. Henry I

    3. Edward II


1:A - Built in the 1280s and immortalised in the song Men of Harlech about a 15th century seige, 2:A - A perfect spot for monster-hunting, as it overlooks Loch Ness, 3:C - Built by Norman knight, John De Courcy in the 12th century, the statue was added to the building to commemorate the landing of WIlliam III in Ireland in 1690. Northern Ireland is also not in Britain - as implied by the headline of the quiz- but wait til you get to questions 9 and 10…, 4:C - It is Norwich Castle. Right near the pedestrianised bit of Norwich city centre, it was built as a royal palace 900 years ago on the orders of William the Conqueror, 5:A - Castling was a later addition to the rules of chess in the European game - and technically counts as moving the king rather than the rook, 6:A - Yes. A motte and bailey consisted of a building atop a mound of dirt - the motte - and a fenced in area around it where people could live - the bailey, 7:A - Founded in 1872, the badge represents Dumbarton Castle, 8:B - It is near Maidstone. It was moved brick-by-brick from outside the city of Leeds to its present location Kent in the 1880s. Not really, it wasn't, that would be ridiculous, but it is a brilliant fake fact to tell your kids during home-schooling, 9:A - Yes, that's record-breaking Roy, 10:B - It was Castle Grayskull that Skeletor was desperate to capture. Incidentally, the "Grumpy Skeletor" accounts on Twitter and Facebook are well worth a follow, 11:C - Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire is where Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded in 1587. Virtually nothing remains of the castle these days, except for a grassy tump beside the river Nene. , 12:A - While the exact date of construction remains unclear, the White Tower was built by William the Conqueror during the early 1070s and 1080s. Tradition places construction in 1078, well before William's son William II claimed the throne. And he wasn't an option anyway


  1. 4 and above.

    Could do better…

  2. 7 and above.

    A solid score. Well done

  3. 10 and above.

    Excellent effort! Well done

  4. 0 and above.

    This turned out not to be your specialist subject in the end?

  5. 12 and above.

    Perfect score! Well done