Willie Eyre

You can blame Walt Disney or 'Game of Thrones' — it doesn't matter. Britain's castles rock

You can blame Walt Disney or 'Game of Thrones' — it doesn't matter. Britain's castles rock

Turrets and moats. Kings and queens. Sword fights and treachery. No, I'm not describing that HBO series. I'm giving a shout-out to the real thing. Castles.

In some parts of Europe, castles are nearly as common as Starbucks are in the United States. You don't have to go far to quench your thirst.

Why do they hold us spellbound?

I blame Walt Disney for stoking our childhood fantasies with Sleeping Beauty Castle and a passel of fairy-tale princesses.

But Disney wasn't the first and isn't the last. Look at how many references there are in pop culture: movies, books and series such as "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey."

No wonder we're...

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