Many are said to be haunted by the ghosts who set up their entourage at the strongholds. Others witnessed murder, civil war and treachery and some strongholds were used as prisons where rulers locked up rebels who threatened their power base. Many are owned and kept by English Heritage. Most charge admission fees and ask visitors to book in advance. Opening times and rules are available on websites including English Heritage and individual sites.
In pictures: 10 days out - Best castles to visit in the county.
Castles are symbols of power, safety and romance and Yorkshire is full of them, each with their own story to tell of kings, queens, knights, their squires and ladies in waiting.
By Zoe Drye
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