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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This headmaster of Rugby School popularized 'muscular Christianity', combining sports and learning with a heavy religious focus



23 July, 1637

Prayer Book riots at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Worshippers riot when Archbishop Laud's new prayer book is used for the first time

This monarch came to the throne at the age of 18





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Popular Historic Attractions

Penmon Priory
Abbey   Heritage Rating 5

St Asaph Cathedral
Cathedral   Heritage Rating 5

Caernarfon Castle
Castle   Heritage Rating 5

Pembroke Castle
Castle   Heritage Rating 5

Carew Castle
Castle   Heritage Rating 5


Nolton Haven (Self catering)
Sea Heaven, Nolton Haven

Sea Heaven

This purpose-built holiday chalet is located on the outskirts of the seaside village of Nolton Haven, near Haverfordwest in the Pembrokeshire National Park and can sleep four people in two …
Sleeps 4

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Kilgetty (Self catering)
Fern Cottage, Kilgetty

Fern Cottage

Ground floor: Living room with French door/dining room/kitchen with beams. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double 1 bunk both with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet.
Sleeps 4

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