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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Old Kings Arms Hotel

Old Kings Arms Hotel
Pembroke, Dyfed

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The Old Kings Arms Hotel is Pembroke's oldest hostelry and has deeds that date back to the 1520s. The hotel front was added during the Georgian period and the hotel has long been one of … more >>

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British History Quiz

This notorious favourite of Edward II was created the Earl of Cornwall and Keeper of the Realm



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This Day in British History

29 May, 1593

John Penry executed

Penry was convicted as the author of the Marprelate Tracts, which denied Elizabeth I's supremacy over the Church

Monarch Mayhem

This king came to the throne aged only 9



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Popular Historic Attractions

Criccieth Castle
Castle   Heritage Rating 5

Cilgerran Castle
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Conwy Castle
Castle   Heritage Rating 5

Cwmhir Abbey
Abbey   Heritage Rating 5

Tintern Abbey
Abbey   Heritage Rating 5


St Davids (Self catering)
Penberry Bungalow, St Davids

Penberry Bungalow

An extremely attractive detached bungalow in a peaceful and sheltered position at the foot of Penberry Hill - with the Rock directly behind from where one can enjoy panoramic views …
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Llandysul (Self catering)
Cottage: HCLLWYD, Llandysul

FCH8855

SECLUDED AND TRANQUIL RETREAT NESTLED IN A SMALL VALLEY NEAR LLANDYSUL

Located on a working hay farm with extensive grasslands, this farm cottage is perfect for couples or families that want complete quiet …
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