Castles in Wales

The Story Behind the Images - Castles in Wales

Wales is known for its romantic medieval castles, particularly in the north of the country where Edward I built numerous castles during his 13th-century push to seize control of the country.

By my reckoning, I've photographed about 110 castles in Wales, from small castles built by minor lords to control a small area to huge fortresses built by the Normans - and quite a few built by the Welsh to keep the Normans at bay.

It is hard to pick my favourites since they all have something unique, but there are definitely a few that spring to mind, such as Ogmore Castle in Glamorgan, with its picturesque stepping stones across the river below the castle mound and horses grazing in fields beside the castle itself.

A complete contrast is Caernarfon Castle in Gwynedd, where the very first Prince of Wales was crowned. I love photographing Caernarfon Castle from across the river, with boats bobbing in the water at the foot of the castle walls.

Another favourite of mine is Laugharne Castle in Carmarthenshire, where a lovely footbridge stands right below the castle walls. Just watch out for the tide coming in and covering the car park beside the castle!

Then there are two castles just a few miles apart, Carew Castle and Pembroke Castle. Carew is more an Elizabethan stately home in a castellated style, but you can get wonderful photos from across the mill pond. At Pembroke, there is water on three sides of the castle. I love photographing in the late evening as the castle is reflected in the water.

I could go on, and on, and still miss out someplace special!

Favourite Places to Photograph Castles in Wales

  • Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire
  • Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire
  • Laugharne Castle, Carmarthenshire
  • Rhuddlan Castle, Denbighshire
  • Harlech Castle, Gwynedd
  • Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd

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