Castles in Wales

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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.

Most popular Welsh castles
Caernarfon Castle

Including some of the most famous castles in Europe - if not the world:

Many visitors come to Wales just to see these historic castles:

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The Beaufort Arms
Raglan, Gwent

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Popular Historic Attractions

Powis Castle
Castle   Heritage Rating 5

Criccieth Castle
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Cilgerran Castle
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St David's Cathedral
Cathedral   Heritage Rating 5

Conwy Castle
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Ffynnonlwyd Cottage, St Clears

Ffynnonlwyd Cottage

This charming cottage is set next to the owner’s countryside B&B, just 4 miles from St. Clears, and can sleep three people in one bedroom.
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Plyg-y-Rhiw, Newcastle Emlyn

Plyg-y-Rhiw

This welcoming, detached cottage sits in a woodland location next to the road, four miles from Newcastle Emlyn in Carmarthenshire, sleeping four people in two bedrooms.
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