There are two distinct styles of castles in Wales; native Welsh fortresses, which present some unique architectural features (notable the frequent use of a D-shaped layout), and later English castles built to impose the authority of the English crown on the Welsh. among the latter category are some of the most impressive and significant castles in Britain, including World Heritage sites like Caernarfon and Conwy. We hope you enjoy exploring these wonderful medieval fortresses, but if you'd like to take it one step further, why not actually stay in a Welsh castle? Take a look at our Castle Hotels in Wales page for more.
Deganwy Castle Deganwy, Gwynedd, Wales The twin hills above Deganwy show signs of occupation as far back as the 6th century. Legend says that Maelgwyn Gwynedd, one of the most powerful men in post-Roman Wales, held his court here. In 1080 the Norman lord Robert of Rhuddlan built a motte and bailey at Deganwy. This castle was rebuilt by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth around 1213, but his sons later destroyed it rather than allow it to fall to the English under Henry III. ... more
Most popular Welsh castles
Including some of the most famous castles in Europe - if not the world: