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.
Neath Castle Neath, Glamorgan, Wales The Romans built a fort here, by a ford acros the River Nedd. The Normans followed suit, erecting a fortification near the Roman site in 1130. The builder was Richard de Granville, who also established Neath Abbey at the same time. In the latter half of the 12th century a third fortification followed, on a new site across the river. The builder was Robert, Earl of Gloucester, and he, too, founded an abbey, this time at Margam. ... more
Most popular Welsh castles
Including some of the most famous castles in Europe - if not the world: