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.
Tomen y Bala Bala, Gwynedd, Wales One of the largest medieval castle mottes in Wales, Tomen y Bala is a steep conical mound, with a base about 40 metres across. It rises 8 metres high, with a level top about 16 metres wide. The summit of the motte would originally have been topped by a timber pallisade, possibly with a timber tower within. ... more
Most popular Welsh castles
Including some of the most famous castles in Europe - if not the world: