5 castles with a ‘C’ to visit in North Wales

There is plenty of Welsh history and culture to explore on a family holiday to North Wales, and the best place to start is at the castles. Wales has more castles than any other country in the UK per square mile, so you don’t have to travel far to find one either!  Book a holiday at our North Wales caravan parks and visit one the castles in the area – here are some of our favourites, all beginning with ‘C’. Caergwrle Castle  At Caergwrle near Wrexham, the castle is now mostly in ruins, but it is a great place to explore with the family. Standing at the highest point of the hill, the castle was probably first built by Dafydd ap Gruffydd between 1277 and 1282. A Prince of Wales, he launched a rebellion against the English but the castle was ruined and captured by Edward I. It was rebuilt by Edward I but later abandoned due to fire damage. Admission is free for Caergwrle castle. Chirk Castle Chirk Castle has been occupied almost continuously for 700 years, as a castle and now as a stately home. Sitting on a hilltop, it overlooks the Ceiriog valley to the south. It is thought the castle was built by Roger Mortimer, who was granted the area by Edward I after he defeated the Welsh in 1282. Admission charges are for families £7.25, adults at £10.90 and children at £5.45. Caernarfon Castle One of the most popular tourist spots in North Wales, Caernarfon Castle is well worth visiting. Built on the banks of the River Seiont, close to the water and with easy access to the sea, it was an ideal spot for its owner, Edward I. The castle is very large, one of the biggest in the region, making it an intimidating target to potential attackers. The castle also stands out as it has polygon towers rather than round ones. Admission is adults £6.75, under 16’s £5.10 and families £20.25 (two adults and all children). Conwy Castle Another impressive castle in North Wales, Conwy Caste was built for Edward I, at an estimated cost of £15,000. This was the largest sum of money Edward had spent on any of his Welsh castle between 1277 and 1307. The castle was then sold in 1628 for £100 after the restoration of the English monarchy. Admission charges are the same prices as Caernarfon Castle. Criccieth Castle Like many castles in North Wales, Criccieth was originally a stronghold of the native Welsh princes, but was later seized by the English monarch Edward I. The castle stands on a headland between two beaches and overlooks Tremadog Beach, offering spectacular views of the region. Admission is adults at £3.50, concessions £2.65 and a family ticket at £10.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children). Image by David Dixon