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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The Priory Hotel

The Priory Hotel
Newport, Gwent

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The Priory is nestled within the historic town of Caerleon on the River Usk. Founded by Hywel ap Iorwerth a Welsh prince and dating back to 1180 the Priory started life as … more >>

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British History Quiz

This legendary warrior supposedly led the British at the Battle of Mount Badon (c. 518)



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This Day in British History

10 December, 1683

The Great Frost

Cold snap, lasting until 4 February, freezes the Thames, allowing a Frost Fair to last throughout January

Monarch Mayhem

This king died at Burgh by Sands, Cumbria



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Popular Historic Attractions

Penmon Priory
Abbey   Heritage Rating 5

Cwmhir Abbey
Abbey   Heritage Rating 5

Caldicot Castle
Castle   Heritage Rating 5

Powis Castle
Castle   Heritage Rating 5

Llandaff Cathedral
Cathedral   Heritage Rating 5


Pembroke (Self catering)
The Old Manor House, Pembroke

The Old Manor House

This detached cottage is located in Pembroke Dock in South Wales and can sleep six people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 6

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Saundersfoot (Self catering)
Pilgrims, Saundersfoot

Pilgrims

This end-terrace cottage is in the village of Saundersfoot in South Wales and sleeps eight people in four bedrooms.
Sleeps 8

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