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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: A general view of Windsor Castle on April 7, 2011 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

We could easily spend an entire trip to the U.K. castle-hopping. These stunning structures have been through a lot, aged by battle and time; we give these 10 castles credit for standing strong:

1. Windsor Castle

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  A general view of Windsor Castle on April 7, 2011 in Windsor, England.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Windsor Castle is the oldest occupied castle in the world, built around 1070. It’s located in Windsor, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

2. Warwick Castle

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Warwick Castle, built in 1068, is located in Warwickshire, England. (Wiki)

3. Rochester Castle 

ROCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03:  A general view of Rochester Castle, which is believed to be the inspiration for locations in Charles Dickens' novels when he lived near the city on February 3, 2012 in Rochester, England. The bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth, one of England's greatest ever authors, is marked on February 7, 2012. Dickens' novels, written and set during the Victorian period, represent some of English literature's most iconic texts. His work, concentrating largely on social injustice, continues to hold relevance with over 300 film and television adaptations based on his books.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Built around 1090, Rochester Castle, located in Rochester, Kent, England, was one of the first Norman castles to be fortified in stone. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

4. Dover Castle

A general view of the the Dover Castle is pictured in Dover, Kent, south east England, on August 31, 2011. Dover is a major ferry port in the county of Kent, in south east England and faces France across the narrowest part of the English Channel. AFP PHOTO/ FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA (Photo credit should read Facundo Arrizabalaga/AFP/Getty Images)
Dover Castle, located in Dover, Kent, England, was built in the 12th century. (Facundo Arrizabalaga/AFP/Getty Images)

5. Killyleagh Castle

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Killyleagh Castle, located in Killyleagh, Northern Ireland, is an inhabited castle dating back to 1180. (Wiki)

6. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh's Historic Royal Mile
The oldest part of Edinburgh Castle, St. Margaret’s Chapel, dates back to the 12th century. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

7. Conwy Castle

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Conwy Castle, located on the north coast of Wales, was built between 1283 and 1289. (CADW)

8. Eilean Donan Castle 

KYLE OF LOCHALSH, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 25:A view of Eilean Donan Castle, by the Kyle of Lochalsh on October 25, 2010 in Scotland, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Eilean Donan Castle, located on the island of Eilean Donan in the Scottish Highlands, was built in the 13th century. (Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

9. Caernarfon Castle 

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Caernarfon Castle is located in Gwynedd, Wales. Construction began around 1283 and ended in 1330. (CADW)

10. Raglan Castle 

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Construction of Raglan Castle, located in the south of Wales, began in the 1430s, continuing into the 17th century. (CADW)

If only castles could talk! 

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By Brigid Brown