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.
Dinas Castle Beddgelert, Gwynedd, Wales Also known as Dinas Emrys, a hillfort here was inhabited in the 5th century on a volcanic outcrop above the Gwynany valley. Dinas Castle is the traditional location of a fortress established by Vortigern. Later myths associate the place with Merlin the Magician and the Arthurian legends. In the 9th century, Nennius told the tale that two dragons fought beneath the hill of Dinas Emrys. One dragon was white, representing the Saxons, and one dragon was red, representing the Britons (Welsh Celts). ... more
Most popular Welsh castles
Including some of the most famous castles in Europe - if not the world: