Full of natural wonders, Wales’ landscape is one of beauty and laced amongst these breathtaking scenes you will discover a profusion of castles and ruins. These majestic structures hint at the country’s rich history and fascinating past; a visit is likely to instil awe and wonder, as you explore the turrets, step over the drawbridge or head into the gatehouse. Many of the castles in Wales can be found in some of the most beautiful locations in the country; whether that’s the strategic positioning of a waterway or high upon a hill, each presents beautiful scenes, and an eye-opening glimpse into how life once was in the country. We’ve selected a handful of our favourites, which you might like to visit on your next holiday to the country!
If you were asked to draw a castle, it’s likely you’d create one similar to Pembroke. It is partially surrounded by a waterway, with its dominating round turrets still mostly intact, the scene has seen little change since its erection in 1093. During a guided tour, which is included in the entry ticket price, visitors will gain a real insight into its impressive past. One of the most notable areas of the castle is Wogan’s Cavern which is found beneath the castle. The large cavern is likely to have been used for more than 12,000 years, with the first being cave dwellers during the Palaeolithic Period. The castle also has a considerable ‘claim to fame’ with it being the birthplace of the first Tudor monarch, Henry VII, who was the King of England from 1485 to 1509.
Not only can you enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating building, but there are also several events and activities which take place throughout the year, with an outdoor theatre and cinema program, music events and markets – keep an eye on the website for what’s scheduled when your glamping in Pembrokeshire!
The landmark of North Wales, Conwy Castle and the surrounding walls are an exemplary example of a medieval town; in fact, it is one of the finest of its kind in Europe. Building began in 1283 and was complete around 1287. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the Iron Ring of Castles in Wales and is steeped in history; visitors are invited to explore the towers, wander the Great Hall, Royal Chapel enter the Kings apartments and more. The majestic structure truly must be seen to be believed, as its sheer size cannot be comprehended from photographs. What completes this impressive picture is the surrounding landscape, consisting of a skyline forged from the mountains of Snowdonia, the estuary of the River Conwy and the historic town below.
A spectacular site, Harlech Castle appears to form from the rocky outcrop it stands upon. Built in the 13th-century, and also part of the Iron Ring of Castles, the imposing and captivating structure played an integral role during the English invasion. Strategically placed and once much closer to the sea, the keepers would have had an uninterrupted view of those coming in from the sea, as well as any movements from the mountains of Snowdonia. The location is simply stunning, with unbeatable panorama’s, be sure to pack your camera!
One of the most muscle-bound structures in Wales, when King Edward I commissioned this building, his intention was definitely to intimidate. Work began in 1283, and today, the Octagonal towers, soaring walls and sheers size of the building remain much intact, it’s easy to understand how menacing the structure would have been during the medieval period.
Where ever you decide to visit in Wales, a trip to one of the many castles to dot the landscape and remind us of the country’s fascinating history is a must! Which is your favourite, or which are you planning on visiting? Let us know via our social media channels – we’d love to hear from you.