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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Lyons Nant Hall Hotel

Lyons Nant Hall Hotel
Prestatyn, Clwyd

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Located in Prestatyn in the region of Clwyd 18 miles from Liverpool, Lyons Nant Hall Hotel is an 18th century historic building and features a playground and terrace. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free … more >>

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Chepstow Castle
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Carew Castle
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Conwy Castle
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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.
Sleeps 4

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Kidwelly (Self catering)
The Croft, Kidwelly

The Croft

This wonderful, detached holiday home is two miles from Kidwelly in South Wales. Perfect for large groups it can sleep fourteen people in six bedrooms.
Sleeps 14

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