6 Amazing UK Castles and Palaces for a Perfect Summer Trip | Fulton Umbrellas

We have hundreds of magnificent castles and palaces in the UK – each with its own unique history and stories that can stretch back thousands of years. For a summer holiday or day trip filled with history, mystery, love, and war, here are our top picks from across the country.

Arundel Castle, West Sussex

Overlooking the river Arun and the Sussex countryside, Arundel Castle has nearly 1000 years of history. Filled with collections of artwork, personal possessions, tapestries, and antiques, this is a place where you can experience snapshots into a very dangerous time for English politics – where successive Dukes of Norfolk throughout the 16th century paid for their alleged crimes with their lives.

Outdoors, the imposing Gothic-style castle is surrounded by beautiful and tranquil gardens to stroll around and relax in while you absorb the colours and fragrances of the flower borders. Arundel castle regularly hosts special events as well, including jousting and medieval festivals, so make sure you check out what’s going on when you’re planning your visit.

Buckingham Palace, London

The iconic neoclassical architecture of Buckingham Palace is recognised across the globe. While it remains a working royal residence and has been the official residence of UK royalty since 1837, members of the public can take guided tours around the State Rooms. These opulent rooms are home to many treasured artworks and pieces from The Royal Collection that are a sight to behold.

This summer, Buckingham Palace is also hosting a special coronation exhibition where King Charles III and Queen Camilla’s outfits from the coronation ceremony will be on display. We advise you to book well in advance of your visit as these guided tours tend to sell out.

Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd, North Wales

From besieged fortresses to extravagant displays of wealth, Wales is home to 427 castles –more castles per square mile than any other European country. For our list, we’ve chosen to add Penrhyn Castle, just outside of Bangor.

When you approach Penrhyn Castle, the first thing you’ll see are the huge, dramatic turrets – but don’t be fooled, this castle is much newer than it may first appear. Built during the first half of the 19th Century, Penrhyn was intended as an impressive family home for the Pennant family. As you walk around the castle, you’ll be able to see extraordinary interiors and a fascinating collection of antiques while you learn about how the Pennant family garnered their wealth through exploitation. When you’ve finished soaking up the history of Penrhyn, the seaside town of Llandudno is just a 30-minute drive away, so you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy a stroll along the beach.

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Over the 1400 years of Bamburgh Castle’s history, it has played many roles. A Royal capital for the kings of Northumbria, a stronghold for royalty throughout the War of the Roses, a free school for underprivileged children, and finally, a beloved family home.

As you might expect from the colourful history, Bamburgh is home to a varied collection of artefacts and antiques that have been passed down through generations. There are also frequent events to muddy your boots while you’re there, including Viking re-enactments and adventure activities for all ages. Bamburgh Castle is right on the coastline, so make sure you’ve got one of our clear umbrellas with you just in case you need to take in the sights whilst protecting yourself from any unexpected showers!

Hillsborough Castle, County Down

Strictly speaking, Hillsborough Castle isn’t actually a castle. This 18th-century stately home is known as such because of the successful Hill family who once lived on the site when it was a fort. What makes Hillsborough a particularly interesting place to visit is its long-established links with Northern Irish politics.

Hillsborough has been the official residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since the 1970s and has recently undergone a huge transformation. The State Rooms are now open for guided tours where you can learn more about the castle’s history and the famous politicians and royals who have walked through the halls.

Edinburgh Castle, East Scotland

Once a military fortress, Edinburgh Castle also spent time serving as a prison and a royal residence before becoming the popular attraction it is today. The walls are full of stories and artefacts from the centuries of royals who lived and died there. You may have seen at the coronation of King Charles III an object called the Stone of Destiny – which is usually on display at Edinburgh Castle. Its origins are a mystery to this day, but over time it has become a sacred way of initiating new monarchs.

The castle is also in the heart of Edinburgh city, so there are plenty of other attractions, shops, restaurants, and cafes to check out nearby.

Whether you want to see the grand architecture or walk in the footsteps of some of the UK’s most notable figures, the many castles and palaces in the UK are well worth a visit. As always, if you’d rather be cautious than take your chances with the British weather, don’t forget to pack one of our umbrellas to prepare for your day trip.

Title How to Weatherproof Your UK Outdoor Wedding | Fulton Umbrellas

How to Weatherproof Your UK Outdoor Wedding

Content: Whether you’re saying your vows under a forest canopy, enjoying a garden party in a sprawling country estate, or overlooking an endless glistening ocean, spending your big day in the great outdoors can create a breathtaking experience for you and your guests. However, no matter how much you plan the details of your wedding, if you’re in the UK then one thing you’ll always be unable to control is the weather.

Some believe that the heavens opening on your wedding day is good luck, but between soggy guests and muddy fields, there’s no denying that it can make things difficult. Nevertheless, rain doesn’t have to be a bad thing and you can have a day that’s just as magical and memorable. Here are our top practical tips for embracing the rain whilst staying comfortable.

1. Make sure there’s cover available

If the forecast is looking rainy, the first thing you should do is make sure that your venue has an indoor or covered area that you can use. Renting a tent, marquee or gazebo is also a must to keep your guests dry, especially if you’re planning on having a laid-back barbeque or food trucks.

Ahead of time, you might also want to do a practice run-through of how you’re going to quickly move everything indoors, should the weather be too bad to stay outside.

2. Keep your vendors informed 

If there is rain on your wedding day, there’s a good chance it’s going to change your schedule in one way or another. Whenever your plans change, it’s a good idea to keep everyone informed of what’s happening, including your photographer, stylist, florist, caterer etc. Your planner can help you with this, or you can ask close friends or family to help everybody coordinate so they know what the plan is.

3. Choose footwear wisely

I think we can all agree walking around with wet feet, or damp shoes and socks is uncomfortable and not enjoyable on any day. For outdoor weddings, waterproof sprays might help in keeping the rain from seeping into your footwear. Another good tip is to leave the stiletto heels at home as they may cause you to sink and damage both the ground and your shoes. If the venue is likely to get a little muddy, you could truly dress for the occasion and opt for matching wedding wellies.

Another thing to consider is bringing spare footwear that you can reserve for the photographs and then swap out for a pair that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Remember to also send a message to your guests ahead of schedule so they have time to find themselves appropriate footwear.

4. Provide umbrellas

Having an umbrella is a necessity for a rainy outdoor wedding. Our windproof umbrellas can certainly keep the rain off your back. Or for the photos, our transparent umbrellas will help you capture the perfect shot without obscuring the view.

You could either stock your venue with a bucket of spare umbrellas that people can use, or send guests a message ahead of time to let them know that they’ll need to bring one. You could even consider asking guests to bring colours or patterns according to your theme so everyone can be matching in the photographs!

5. Keep a few towels on hand 

It’s always handy to have a few towels at your venue if rain is forecast, both for the wedding party and guests to dry off with or to wipe down outdoor seating and tables once the rain has stopped.

6. Hair and makeup 

Your stylist will help you pick the best makeup and hairstyles for a rainy day. Just be aware that your original plans may have to change. If you were planning on wearing your hair down, for example, you might have to consider an up-do instead, so it doesn’t end up flat or frizzy.

7. Check the forecast

While this might be the last thing you want to do, if you’ve got a rough idea of when the rain is going to fall on the day, you can make sure to plan around it. But try not to tie yourself up in knots thinking about the rain – after all, the weather is difficult to forecast.


A rainy wedding shouldn’t make it any less enjoyable. On the Fulton Umbrellas blog, we’ll share our top tips for embracing the rain!

You probably weren’t planning on a rainy wedding, but just think about all the ways it can make your day just as special and memorable. Intimate photographs of the happy couple cosied up under a stylish umbrella, guests splashing in puddles, moody atmospheric photos – your photographer probably has lots of ideas on how to make the most of it.

The rain may change some plans, but what it won’t change is the fact that this is a day to celebrate love, so embrace it!