Wales has more than its fair share of castles, so if you enjoy stepping back in time, a visit to one of the region’s medieval fortresses will be on your to-do list. There is something magical about touring these ancient buildings – they capture the imagination of young and old alike. With so many to see, here’s a list of the best of them.
1. Caernarfon Castle
This intimidating stronghold, overlooking the River Seiont, was built by Kind Edward I in 1283. The castle has plenty to see including the Eagle Tower – an impressive polygonal-shaped turret with views from the top that are simply stunning. Nooks, crannies, narrow stairs and battlement walkways are waiting to be discovered. If you visit every part of this World Heritage Site, expect to spend 3 fascinating hours at the castle.
2. Conwy Castle
Another of King Edward’s iron ring of castles, Conwy is a fine example of a Medieval concentric fortress built on the north coast of Wales. With 8 incredible turrets to climb and the Great Hall to enter, which measures a staggering 125 feet long, it’s easy to imagine what this castle looked like in its heyday. From the castle you can reach the city wall that stretches for nearly a kilometre – you can still walk along it and look down on the town.
3. Beaumaris Castle
Over on the isle of Anglesey, Beaumaris Castle was the last of King Edward’s fortifications, and it wasn’t quite finished at the time due to lack of funds. The perfectly symmetrical building enjoys views of the mountains and the sea, and is partially surrounded by a moat. Set in the ramparts are hundreds of arrow slits, and the arches and passageways all remain for visitors to tour.
4. Dolwyddelan Castle
Built by Llywelyn the Great in the 13th century as part of three important mountain fortresses, Dolwyddelan Castle stands majestically on a craggy hill top. Much of the building is in ruins today, but a single tower remains at the highest point offering long views across the amazing countryside. With great walking routes and a picturesque village to be found here, the castle is really worth a visit.
5. Bodelwyddan Castle and Park
This castle is older than it first looks. Built in the 15th century, it is now a stately home with incredible grounds that are open to the public at weekends. A formal walled garden, a woodland walk and a Welsh orchard are just some of the joys to discover here. The castle has seen a lot of changes over the centuries, and the museum displays presentations relating to different eras of the building. World War 1 exhibitions and Victorian collections are just two of the attractions they offer here.