The best castles to visit in England

20 of the best castles to visit in England

England is a country rich in history, and for a tiny island, it sure has a lot of them. If you are thinking of visiting the British Isle’s to explore fairytales castles and fearsome fortresses, here are 20 of the very best castles to visit in England…

The best and most beautiful castles in England

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

Built by William the Conqueror in 1068, Warwick Castle sits on the River Avon and is surrounded by stunning Warwickshire countryside. Rising out of the mist like a true fairytale castle, the original wooden structure was rebuilt sometime in the 12th Century.

During the Hundred Years War, parts of the castle were fully fortified to protect against the marauding Normans, and the resulting structural changes transformed the castle into one of the most iconic examples of 14th-century military architecture anywhere in the country.

Warwick Castle has always had very strong links to the British royal family, and throughout its thousand-year history is has been the owned by a variety of well connected English families, until it was sold to a leisure company in 1978. Now widely regarded as one of the most important heritage sites in all of Europe, visitors can explore the castle walls, keeps, and towers, its stables, gardens, and see the largest working trebuchet in the world (18 meters high).

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 16.00 7 days a week

Nearest Train Station: Warwick Station

Special Events: Medieval banquets, the Horrible Histories Maze, Time Tower attraction, dungeon tours, tournaments, feasts and Halloween and Christmas parties.

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle

High above the Northumberland coastline sits the grand Bamburgh Castle. The history of the sites dates back as far as 420 AD, and the castle is an impressive example of early Medieval architecture. It was a castle to be ever defeated by artillery during the ‘War of The Roses’ in the 15th Century, and centuries later it was restored and reborn to become a leading surgery and dispensary for the sick and poor.

Bamburgh is also awash with legends from times gone by. Believed to have been the site of Sir Lancelot’s fictitious castle, Joyous Garde, it’s past comes to life with tales of royal rebellion, bloody battles, spellbinding legends and lots and lots of ghosts. Visitors to the castle today will be able to take a journey back through time as they explore the 14 fully restored rooms and over 3,000 items on display, including arms and armour to fine porcelain, china, artworks and furniture.

You can also tour the keeps, towers and battlements, the impressive Kings Hall and the medieval kitchens. It is also worth noting that Bamburgh sits right beside a beautiful sandy beach, that is the perfect place to picnic while taking in the views out to sea and back inland to the castle itself.

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 17.00 7 days a week from Feb to November, then weekends only from 11.00 – 16.30 during the winter.

Nearest Train Station: Berwick-upon-Tweed

Special Events: Pony rides, archery, themed weekends, Viking displays, ghost tours, concerts and much more

Tattershall Castle

Tattershall Castle

With its magnificent medieval tower rising proudly from the flat Lincolnshire fens, Tattershall Castle is one of the earliest surviving examples of medieval brickwork. Built on the foundations of Robert de Tateshale’s early crenelated manor house, the castle was transformed into an opulent home designed on a palatial scale by the new occupier the 3rd Baron Cromwell, who commissioned towers, stables a guardhouse and a moat to increase the sites defensive capabilities.

In 1643 the castle was damaged during the civil war as Royalists attacked the structure leaving only the Great Tower intact. The castle fell into disrepair over the following centuries until it was bequeathed the National Trust in 1925.

Visitors today can pick up a multimedia guide to transport themselves back to the castle 15th-century heyday. You can explore the magnificent tower, the extensive grounds, and gardens or attend annual themed events such as Lords and Ladies Day, or a medieval cookout

Opening Hours: 11.00 – 17.00, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Lincoln MHT

Special Events: Archery, medieval weekends, themed events, Lords and Ladies Day, agility events, and guided tours of the castle and grounds.

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle - the best castles to visit in England

Also located in Northumberland, Alnwick Castle is one of Britain’s most iconic castles and one of the most beloved tourist destinations in the North East of England. Famous for its impressive exterior, you may already have seen Alnwick in one of its many on-screen guises including it’s starring roles in Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey’s 2015 and 2016 Christmas specials, and Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films.

Home to the Percy family for over 700 years, the 12th Duke and Duchess and their four children still live their today. The family history is peppered with vivid characters, and throughout the centuries they have survived treason, loss of rebellion, revolution, political intrigue and poverty to remain the proud owners of this magnificent English castle.

Visitors to Alnwick can enjoy daily tours of the opulent State Rooms, as well as appointment-only views of the impressive collection of art and artefacts housed here. For film and history buffs, the castle has year-round activities and invents including medieval games, the Dragon Quest and even flying lessons in the exact spot that Harry Potter and friends first took to their brooms.

Opening Hours: 29th March – 27th October 2019 10.00 – 17.00 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Alnmouth

Special Events: Broomstick training, archery, Dragon Quests, birds of prey, medieval music and reenactments, Harry Potter-themed events and guided tours.

Framlingham Castle

Framlingham Castle

This stunning Tudor castle is situated deep in the Suffolk countryside, and it was within the castle’s walls that Mary Tudor herself was crowned Queen of England. Built by a powerful Norman family during the 12th Century, Framlingham became home to many Earls and Dukes of Norfolk during its rich and extensive history.

During the 15th Century, the castle became the scene of a succession crisis while Princess Mary was pursued by Prince Edward and supporters of Lady Jane Grey who attempted to overthrow her right to the throne.

During the 1700s, lawyer and philanthropist, Sir Robert Hitcham, funded the installation of a poor house at Framlingham Castle. He instructed that the castle buildings be demolished and a poorhouse built. The poorhouse was eventually built of the site of the medieval castles original great hall and was home to the poor for over 100 years. After falling into disrepair, the castle eventually passed to the National Heritage Trust in 1984.

Now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region, a day out a Framlingham will transport visitors back through the castles Norman roots, through to its Tudor heyday and up to its modern-day status as one of the finest Tudor castles in the country.

You can learn about Framlingham’s eclectic past in the on-site exhibition, walk the ramparts of the castle to enjoy its breath-taking views or take part in many of the annual events on offer, including the Castle Quest or the Gruesome Going’s On event which explores the castles darker side.

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 16.00, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Wickham Market or Saxmundham

Special Events: Jousting, outdoor cinema, historical games, and family fun, themed events, wall walks, and guided tours.

Raby Castle

Raby Castle - the best castles to visit in England

Set in the heart of the beautiful Durham Dales, Raby Castle is one of the finest and best-preserved medieval castles in North East England. Built in 1626 it has been home to the Barnard family since its construction, and the current owner, Lord Barnard is passionate about sharing his family’s history and collections of art and artifacts with visitors who come to explore this stunning English stronghold.

Rabi Castle is a picture-perfect example of medieval architecture with its towers, turrets, and embattled walls – some of which date back as far as the 11th Century. The 14th-century Gatehouse, once stood guard over the drawbridge to cross the now dry Castle moat, while the

five-sided Bulmer’s Tower, was designed to provide a defensive solution against invasion, and is the only other tower of this shape and form the island castle at Funen in Denmark. Uniquely beautiful and incredibly impressive, the castle interiors have withstood the test of time and are a fine example of life in the English aristocracy throughout the years.

Today, visitors to Raby can explore the castle at their own pace, with knowledgeable staff and tour guides on hand to tell stories about the castle and its rich British history. Throughout the year, there are various events that take place both in the castle and it’s extensive grounds, including bird watching, behind the scenes tours and a number of family-friendly events designed with children in mind.

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 16.00, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Darlington

Special Events: Open-air concerts, proms weekends, themed events, birdwatching, nature trails and guided tours

Totnes Castle

Totnes Castle

Totnes Castle is an original Norman keep located on the hills high above the Saxon town of Totnes in Devon. Built in the aftermath of a substantial revolt against Norman rule, Totnes Castle was constructed over part of the Saxon settlement it was designed to dominate. The original structure fell into disrepair, but was rebuilt in the thirteenth Century using stone, and was used as an administrative site rather than an official military outpost for many years to come.

The stone shell-keep sits atop a large hill, and the castle looks down across three distinct valleys. The views reach out towards the River Dart, and the castle itself is within easy walking reach of the town of Totnes.

Visitors come to climb to the top of the keep to take in the stunning views, or enjoy a picnic in the peaceful grounds or stroll along the moat walk. They also come to relax and in the Bailey and spot the famous graffiti that was carved on the trees by prisoners held there during the Second World War.

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 18.00, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Totnes

Special Events: Picnic, moat walks and tours

Highcliffe Castle

Highcliffe Castle

Built in 1835 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay, the medieval stonework and stained glass from all around the world make Highcliffe one of the most highly regarded examples of the Gothic Revival style in the UK.

The castle has had many high profile occupants over the years, including Kaiser Wilhelm II at the turn of the Century, who stayed at Highcliffe to recover from a bout of ill health, as well as Harry Selfridge, founder of the iconic British department store, Selfridges. It also served as a children’s home as well as a seminary for Catholic priests, before it was devastated by fire in the 1960s.

Thanks to both funding from Christchurch Borough Council, English Heritage and a £2.65 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Highcliffe has been painstakingly restored in recent years. The renovated exterior is once again as grand and impressive as it was when Lord Rothesay built his perfect fantasy home, and many of the interiors have also been brought back to life.

Visitors to Highcliffe Castle can enjoy tours of the castle, led by knowledgeable guides that will tell the story of the building and the residents who lived there.

Opening Hours: 10.30 – 15.30, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Hinton Admiral

Special Events: Theatre productions, craft shows and fun family days as well as being a highly sought after wedding venue for those who want to tie the knot in style.

St Michaels Mount

St. Michael’s Mount Cornwall

Situated just off the coast of Cornwall, St. Michael’s Mount is a small island and castle that is linked to the nearby town of Marazion by a man-made causeway. With origins stretching as far back as the 8th Century, the site was originally owned by monks at the Normal abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. In the 11th Century, the Mount was captured on behalf of King Richard 1, and following an earthquake that destroyed the original priory and church in the 12th Century, the estate was rebuilt in the 1400s.

The Mount was passed backwards and forwards between the monks of Syon Abbey and British royalty for hundreds of year before it was given to Sir Francis Bassett during the Civil War. For a long time, it remained a quiet coastal outpost, with the castle building a just a handful of homes, as was owned by the Aubyn family who oversaw its fortification during the Second World War invasion crisis of 1940–41.

Now managed by the National Trust, visitors to this pretty, secluded coastal destination can explore the intricate plaster frieze in the Chevy Chase room, take in the armour and weapons in the Garrison Room and wonder at the model of the Mount made of champagne corks by a former butler. They can also meet St Aubyn in a series of portraits, and take it the spectacular views from the castle turrets.

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 16.00, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Penzance

Special Events: Storytelling, nature trails, swimming events, forage and feast events and guided tours

Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle is a 16th-century castle located on Holy Island, near Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland. Accessible only from the mainland at low tide by means of a causeway, Lindisfarne was a fort that was home to temporary garrisons of soldiers, that was transformed into a magnificent castle by the architect Edwin Lutyens.

Divided into two distinctly differing buildings, Linidisfarne comprises the original fort and the later Edwardian holiday home designed by Lutyens for the then owner Edward Hudson. However, many of the original features of the fort were destroyed during Lutyens renovation of 1903-1906, including the bread and salt hole, the low vertical walls and the grand spiral staircase.

Visitors who make the journey across to Lutyens usually come to see the splendour of the Lutyen Apartments that served as a quiet retreat for Hudson and enjoy the cosy ambience of this castle that became a home. The portcullis and the mechanism designed to keep away unwanted visitors is also an intriguing spot with an interesting history. The walled garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll is enchanting, and the Lime Kilns is an imposing and striking reminder of Lindisfarnes’ industrial past.

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 16.00, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Berwick-upon-Tweed

Special Events: Historical exhibitions, conservation exhibitions, coastal and wildlife talks and events and guided tours of the island.

Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle is one of the most fascinating surviving buildings in the country. Dating back to Roman times, it stood as a bastion against marauding Scots and Picts for hundreds of years, as well as bearing witness to many scenes of historical and cultural importance throughout the centuries, including the Lancashire Witch Trials.

During the castles formative years, it became embroiled in the twist and turns of British succession and fell into the hands of the famous John O’Gaunt. The third son of King Edward III and the younger brother of the Black Prince, he because perhaps the most famous of the castle inhabitants and was even the ‘time-honoured Lancaster’ referred to by Shakespeare.

During the early 20th Century the castle gaol became an infamous debtors prison, and in the mid-1950’s it was opened as HMP Prison Lancaster but handed back over to the crown in 2011. Visitors to the castle can explore the dark history by taking in the penitentiary tours as well as visiting the castles own Prison Life exhibition and learning about the castles rich history of witchcraft, religious persecution, crime and punishment, rehabilitation and release throughout the ages.

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 16.00, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Lancaster

Special Events: Activity tours, dark history tours, Christmas events, filming location events and daily guided tours

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

 

Set on an interesting historical site that dates back as far as the Roman Empire’s occupation of Britain, Tintagel Castle was built by in1233 by Richard 1. In an effort to gain the trust of the Cornish, the castle itself was designed to look older than it actually was, and to this day the castle is surrounding by myths and legends that pre-date its construction.

Most famous for its links to the legends of King Arthur, the hero was first linked to Tintagel in the 12th Century. It was named by Geoffrey of Monmouth as the place where Arthur was allegedly conceived. From the castle’s rich history of medieval kings and legends to the poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the legend of King Arthur will always be inexplicably linked to this Cornish hillside castle.

The castle has been preserved since Victorian times, and much of what is left standing is open to the public. Outdoor displays guide visitors through the 1,550-year-old history of the castle and a stone compass points to places connected with the tales of King Arthur. You can also explore the island of Tintagel with its amazing views out to sea, or head down to the beach to paddle in the shallow Cornish waters.

Visitor Information: Opening Hours: 10.00 – 16.00, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Bodmin Parkway

Special Events: Self-guided tours, historical events and open-air festivals

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Tower Of London

Tower Of London - best castles to visit in London

Sat on the north bank of the River Thames, the Tower of London is one of the most iconic castles in the world. Built by William the Conqueror, its famous walls have imprisoned many notorious royal characters including Richard II, Henry VI, Edward V and Elizabeth I. Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, two of Henry VIII’s six wives, were also beheaded on the Tower Green.

There is much more to the tower than it’s rather grizzly history though, as it is also home to the world-famous Crown Jewels and a rather impressive display of Great British armoury. Yeoman Warders will take you on tour around the castle walls, and these friendly “Beefeaters” as they are more commonly known have been standing guard outside the Tower since Tudor times.

Visitors to the Tower can see and hear all about the fascinating history of the castle, and those who lived – and died – there. From the tour of the White Tower to a viewing of the Crown Jewels, from finding the famous Tower ravens to taking in the view from up high on the battlements, the Tower Of London is one of the most famous, fascinating and fantastic castles in the world.

Visitor Information: Opening Hours: 10.00 – 16.30, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Tower Bridge Tube Station

Special Events: Knight School, tower defence events, Yeoman tours, twilight tours, Crown Jewels tours as well as historical memorials and other events.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is a modern-day royal residence for the British Monarchy and one the UK’s most beloved castles. Standing on 13 acres of grounds above the south bank of the River Thames, William the Conqueror began building the castle in 1070, and it was finally completed 16 years later. It’s easy access to the city of London, and close proximity to royal hunting forests made it an ideal location for a royal residence, and it remains to be one to this day.

In the 1300s Edward III transformed Windsor from a military fortification to a gothic palace. An inner gatehouse with cylindrical towers was built, and on the north side of the Quadrangle. The royal apartments, with separate rooms for the King and his Queen, were arranged around a series of internal courts. During the reign of Charles II many hundreds of years later, the royal apartments were modernised, and the State Apartments became the grandest baroque residence in the country.

Visitors to Windsor today can take guided tours to see the rich and splendid interiors that the Queen herself still uses when she is in residence. The Semi-State Rooms, the State Apartments, St Georges Chapel and the Precincts are just some of the highlights of a visit to Windsor, as is watching the iconic Changing of the Guard, a traditional and colourful spectacle of British pageantry. Windsor Castle is just 1 hour away from central London.

Visitor Information: Opening Hours: 10.00 – 16.30, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Windsor & Eton Riverside

Special Events: Exhibitions, lectures, the changing of the guard, guided tours and outdoor events

Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle

Located in West Sussex, Arundel Castle is the seat of the Duke of Norfolk, and one of the most beautiful continually inhabited castles in England. Packed full of rare paintings, tapestries and well-preserved historical interiors and furnishings, a visit to Arundel is a trip back into the annals of English history.

Set on an original earthwork motte that lifts the castle 30 meters above the now-dry moat, the original structure was nearly completely destroyed during the English Civil War during the 17th Century. Renovated and added to over the years, the estate was a labour of love for the 15th Duke of York during the 19th Century.

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 17.00 7 days a week

Nearest Train Station: Arundel Castle

Special Events: Plant fairs, historical reenactments, jousting tournaments and family history days

Highclere Castle

Highclere Downton Abbey tour

Highclere Castle is a country house that was built in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown. Set in Hampshire, the 5,000-acre estate is the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon and has recently been used as the backdrop for the hit television series Downton Abbey.

What started out as a grand country mansion house built for the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon, was transformed into a bona fide castle when architect Sir Charles Barry set about altered the original footprint into a castle that would impress the world. With the building work completed in 1878, the castle became a centre of political life during the late Victorian era. During the 20th Century, Highclere was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers and a home for evacuee children before becoming a family home for the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.

Fans of Downtown Abbey as well as those who like to explore the rich history of Britains castles, come from far and wide to tour the staterooms, gardens and woodlands, as well as behind the scenes tours when the castle is not being used as a filming location or the major residence of the Earl and Countess.

Opening Hours: 09.030 – 18.00, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Newbury

Special Events: Country weekends, curated tours, Downton Abbey themed events, live music and prom nights as well as daily tours of the castle and gardens.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Impressively grand and very much still intact, Leeds castle is a picturesque fortification surrounded by a wide moat that is archetypal. Picture perfect English castle. Tucked away in the county of Kent, just an hour and 40 minutes from London, Leeds Castle was constructed during the reign of Henry 1 and has been a royal residence for more than 900 years. Nicknames “The Ladies Castle” is has been home to six great queens, and the castles last private owner was a woman too.

The vast 500-acre estate is set on two separate islands on a magnificent lake that is fed by the River Len, and visitors come to punt across the water and take in the stunning views and clear country air. The castle grounds are also home to an elaborate yew maze, as well as child-friendly turf maze for family fun.

With so much to see and do, one day may not be enough as you lose yourself in the towers, tenements and keeps of the main castle, the extensive gardens and mazes, catch a falconry display or even take part in a murder mystery evening or stay overnight in the castles very own hotel rooms.

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 15.00 7 days a week

Nearest Train Station: Bearsted Station

Special Events: Classical music concerts, open-air cinema, medieval jousting, falconry displays and a festival of flowers

Dover Castle

Dover Castle - beautiful castles to visit in England

The fortress at Dover has a long and eventful history, and was once known as the “key to England”. Its commanding position sat at the shortest point between England and the continent, led to it becoming one of the most important fortresses in the country. Dover Castle played an important role in protecting the country for over nine centuries, a time span equalled only by the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.

Following his victory at Hastings in 1066, William the Conqueror travelled to nearby Dover to ensure the continued strength of the countries defences. HIs original earthwork and timber stockaded castle, as remodelled by Henry II in 1180, and became a magnificent showpiece that Henry took great pleasure in using to impress distinguished visitors to England.

Thomas Becket was famously slaughtered there on route to the Cathedral at Canterbury, and to this day, the chapel on the second floor of the tower is dedicated to his memory. Over the next 1000 years or so, various Kings took control of the castle and made structural additions to expand the footprint and heighten the castles defence capabilities.

Visitors can climb the Great Tower at the centre of the castle and explore the internal rooms including Henry II’s own private chamber, or explore the wartime tunnels used in Operation Dynamo, the near-miraculous evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940, which was controlled from Dover Castle. Dover Castle is a 2.5-hour journey from central London and easily accessible by train, making it a popular day trip from the capital.

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 16.00, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Dover Priory

Special Events: Adventure quests, kids events, WWII weekends, themed events, Tudor pageants, jousting and guided tours.

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

Once home to one of the most powerful families in the country, the Boleyns, this medieval castle with extensive Tudor additions is just an hour or so from London, and a perfect example of the finery of British royalty.

AS the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife and short-lived Queen, Anne Boleyn, Hever is an opulent castle that is as grand today as it ever was before. Having later be given to Anne of Cleves, another of Henry VIII’s many wives, the castle was passed down through various members of the aristocracy until it fell into declined until the turn of the 20th Century.

Purchased by William Waldorf Astor, the castle became the subject of a painstaking and expensive renovation program, as well as the commission of a Tudor Village and the construction of a magnificent garden and lake. Hever is now one of the most popular castles in the South East.

Visitor Information: Opening Hours: 10.30 – 16.30, 7 days a week.

Nearest Train Station: Edenbridge Town Station

Special Events: Country festivals, craft fairs, jousting tournaments, historical reenactments, garden walks and guided tours.

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle England

Unlike some of the other best British castles that were built as fortified buildings to protect royalty from unwanted invaders, Bodiam Castle was designed to be both a place of safety and a home. Located just 2 hours outside of London, you can visit the splendour of Bodiam on a day trip.

Built in 1385by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, Bodium was designed to protect its inhabitants, but it was also made to be an inviting home for the knight and his family too. The entire castle was built at the same time, giving it a uniform look and the surrounding gardens and waterways were also created during its construction.

Nowadays, its fairytale looks have made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in East Sussex. Sadly, the castle fell into disrepair over time, and much of the interior of the castle has fallen into ruin. Now owned by the National Trust, visitors can explore the ruins and the grounds of the castle, as well as view the carefully devised, historically accurate floor plan and join in with a wide range of year-round events and activities.

Opening Hours: 11.00 – 17.00 7 days a week

Nearest Train Station: Robertsbridge or Tenterden

Special Events: Archery, craft weekends, family days, evening tours and historical exhibitions

FAQ

Here are some of the commonly asked questions about castles in England.

What is the Oldest Castle in England?

The earliest castles were built following the Norman invasion and the oldest castles to be built were Berkhamsted Castle and Norwich Castle in 1067.

What is the largest castle in the UK?

Windsor Castle is the largest castle in the UK coming in at 54,835 square metres. It is the fourth largest castle in the world.

What is the difference between a palace and a castle?

A palace was lived in by royalty, by heads of state or heads of a church and a castle was built to defend against attacks.

Is Buckingham Palace a castle?

No Buckingham Palace in London is the residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch, it’s not considered to be a castle.

What is the oldest castle still in use?

Windsor Castle is said to be the oldest and still still-inhabited castle in the world. It has been home to British royalty for almost 1,000 years.

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