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PeterGarrett78
Pewsey, UK1,673 contributions
Nov 2019 • Business
The site itself is still filled with military earth works and field fortifications, quite often you can be walking beside a ‘mound’ of earth and think that it’s a natural feature. In fact these are defences built up by the French military around 1805-1809 during the Peninsular war. The Duke of Wellington tried unsuccessfully to siege the castle making a few attempts all ending in failure.

The castle that sits on the site now is a fake built around the 1980’s for tourists but it does sit on the site of the original castle of the time, there are still some original stone works to be seen and the field fortifications are original; now covered in trees they would have been devoid of any vegetation at the time.

The views out over the city of Burgos are decent, there is a seasonal cafe and loos on the site with plenty of information boards too.

Despite the current castle being a fake the site is well worth a visit for the amount of genuine and authentic information you will get from it. It’s also a decent walk around the site too. It’s one of the only places in Europe where you can see the remains of a genuine breach of a castles walls as the French failed to fill one of the breaches in.

Standing at the bottom you can only imagine how devastating it would have been for Wellington’s men to attempt to advance into the castle whilst under murderous fire and constant attack.
Written November 13, 2019
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Samuel P
Birmingham, UK283 contributions
Oct 2019
The castle is much of a ruin but with plenty of interpretation boards in three languages, including English. You will learn a lot about the history and get some great views over the surrounding area as you walk the walls.
Under cover are the oldest parts of the ruins.
What I did not know was that the castle figured in the Napoleonic wars, with Wellington being thwarted at the gates. A memorial to all the regiments that took part in the siege is outside the gate.
Free to enter but no toilets or guide book.
Written October 16, 2019
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tdealwis
Angers, France132 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Not much left of the castle, but the views of Burgos from the castle were very good. The information about the 68M deep well was very interesting.
Written June 4, 2019
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lswanson2014
New York City, NY10 contributions
Apr 2019
There was not much to see at the Castle but the view from the top was amazing as well as walking back down to town. Highly recommend the walk.
Written August 7, 2019
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NewYorkJudy
New York124 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
First, please note that "Castillo" here means fort, rather than "castle".

Visiting the Castillo is the best way to learn about the fascinating history of this important city. The Castillo was established during the Spanish war to reconquer the peninsula from the Moors as part of an effort to repopulate this newly reconquered territory with Christians. The city of Burgos gradually grew down the hill toward the River Arlanzón as the area became more secure. (Before visiting the Castillo, I had assumed that the city grew up around the river, just as Paris grew up around the Seine, and London, the Thames.) The original water source for the people who lived in the Castillo was a well dug more than 300 meters deep!

The Castillo was pretty much destroyed during the Napoleonic Wars, but the wall and parts of the interior have been reconstructed.

It's well worth paying the entrance fee to tour the Castillo, but even if you don't, you can still climb the hill and enjoy the fabulous views. It was fun to pick out the colorful Plaza Mayor, and to see the Cartujo de Miraflores (on the left) and Monasterio de Huelgas (on the right), which we also enjoyed visiting.
Written July 22, 2016
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Gabby831
Burgos, Spain3 contributions
Jul 2012
The tour is cheap and takes you down into the tunnels where people dug into the castle to poison the well water. Not for the claustrophobic. It is pretty cool. The name "Castillo" is a bit deceiving, since the Castle is now mostly ruins. Nonetheless, it was fun. Plus on the way there is one of the best views of Burgos!
Written July 9, 2012
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Off their P
Manchester, UK3,604 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
As many people have pointed out, this is at the top of the hill but I suppose that is the point of having to cancel in the first place! It takes 10 or 15 minutes to walk from the Main Square in town up the steps to reach the Castle itself.

Once there, it is a fascinating place. There are signs in Spanish, French and English which explain the history of it over the years. Originally built in the 13th century it has been destroyed, rebuilt and renovated many times. When we went in May entrance was free but I’m not sure this is the case in high season.

The most amazing part for me was the water well. This is fully 65 m deep and has six spiral staircases in it! Quite amazing.
Written May 20, 2019
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Gaynor S
Solihull, UK470 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
As usual, the castle is situated on the very top of a hill, so you need to be prepared for a good walk up.
There is a security guard to make sure nobody vandalises the place, which is well labelled, so you can understand what everything is. Free entry. No seating.
Written April 27, 2019
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davidrE8820PS
Stockport, UK40 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Take the time to walk up to the mirador for fantastic views of the city, then go onto the castle. It's free to enter & the walk around the site is informative. Time it right & you can have a free guided tour around the tunnels that surround the 65m deep well that supplied the castle with fresh drinking water from an underground river. Do it soon, because there is a question mark from the Burgos city council as to whether they will keep funding this free amenity. There is a bar & toilets right next to the castle & you may need a cold drink after a walk from the city centre, although, you can also drive to the castle & there is adequate free parking nearby.
Written October 3, 2018
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COLO_USA
Colorado228 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
My husband and I drove and hour and a half to visit this castles only to find it closed!! Nothing posted about only being open on Saturday and Sunday. Nothing on their website!!
Written December 29, 2017
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