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Welsh castles

We've got over 600 castles in Wales. That's more castles per square mile than any other country in the world. And we've looked after the remains of our past.

All over Wales you can visit ancient castles where famous battles were fought with the Celts, the Romans, the Saxons and the Vikings. Here's a taster for you:

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Slap bang in the middle of our capital, Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ biggest tourist attractions. It’s an impressive example of a fortress, first established by the Normans in 1106. And only a two minute walk from our city centre shops.


Penrhyn Castle

Near Bangor in North Wales, Penrhyn Castle stands guard over the magnificent views of Snowdonia. If you get bored of the unique furniture collection, the huge private art collection and the Victorian kitchen then the castle also has an adventure playground in its grounds.


Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly CastleIn South Wales, Caerphilly Castle is one of the largest castles in Europe. It has a tower which out leans the Italian Tower of Pisa.




Castell Coch

Castell Coch

A castle of fairy tales. Also called the Red castle, Castell Coch was built and designed in the 19th century for the third marquess of Bute to embody romantic medieval legend.




Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon CastleBuilt by Edward I, Caernarfon is one of Europe’s great medieval fortresses. On 1 July 1969, the castle held the ceremony where Charles Windsor was made the Prince of Wales. Caernarfon Castle is one of Wales' World Heritage Sites.



Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle aerial viewAnother World Heritage site, Beaumaris Castle is on the beautiful Island of Anglesey. This 13th century castle is the most technically perfect in Britain, although it was never finished.



Harlech Castle

Harlech CastleSituated on the shore of Cardigan Bay in mid Wales, Harlech Castle played a key role in the national uprising led by Owain Glyndŵr. After a long siege, it fell to his forces in 1404 and became Glyndŵr's residence and headquarters. Harlech Castle is one of Wales' World Heritage Sites.


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  • National Trust
    The National Trust is responsible for several castles and historic buildings in Wales.
  • CADW
    Many of our castles are maintained by CADW.