Castle Rising is one of the most complete 12th-century castles in the UK. It was built by William D’Albini around 1140 following his marriage to the widow of King Henry I.
It has served as a hunting lodge and a royal residence. Queen Isabella, the mother of Edward III lived here following the death of her husband Edward II and records show that her son visited her on a number of occasions. Following her death, it was used as a hunting lodge by her grandson Edward the Black Prince. The castle passed to the Howard family in 1544 and has remained in that families possession until today. It is managed by English Heritage.