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.
Powis Castle Welshpool, Powys, Wales This is a stately home and gardens with 700 years of continuous occupation, building, and rebuilding. In fact, it is the only castle of Welsh origin that has remained in continuous habitation throughout its history. The fortress was known as Pool Castle in medieval times. The square tower is thought to be a late Norman keep. A 1668 gateway leads to altered Tudor lodgings and an Edwardian gatehouse. The house is full of memorabilia of India in the time of Clive (his son married a daughter of the house). ... more
Most popular Welsh castles
Including some of the most famous castles in Europe - if not the world: