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.
Oxwich Castle Oxwich, Glamorgan, Wales This 'castle' is actually a 16th century Tudor manor house built in courtyard style by Sir Rice Mansel (1487-1559) about 1541, on the site of an earlier medieval castle. The Mansells were for many years one of the most influential gentry families in Glamorgan. A substantial medieval tower stands about 90 metres from the house ruins. The original Oxwich Castle dates to at least the 13th century, on a headland to the west of Oxwich Bay. ... more
Most popular Welsh castles
Including some of the most famous castles in Europe - if not the world: