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-Rhodwydd Ruthin, Clwyd, Wales One of the best earthwork castles in Wales, Tomen-y-Rhodwydd is a motte and bailey defensive enclosure, with a rampart and ditch, built in 1149 by Owain Gwynedd to exert control over north Powys. The Welsh lord also intended his fortification to be a strategic site that would enable him to seize the rich lands east of the River Clwyd up to the Dee estuary. ... more
Most popular Welsh castles
Including some of the most famous castles in Europe - if not the world: