Explore all the castles Wales has to offer
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A haven of national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and fairy-tale villages, Wales is the perfect place for adventure holidays and castle breaks. The only question is, which of the 600 Welsh castles will you choose for your trip?
Why not start with Cardiff castle, an impressive fortress nestled in the lively city? With architecture dating back to Roman times, its walls contain a wealth of fascinating history and culture. Why not start with an extensive tour that takes in some of the most opulent rooms in the castle? Then, the choice is yours: head up the clock tower, patrol the perimeter of the castle’s Roman wall or descend into the wartime air-raid shelters.
Cardiff itself is just as exciting, and the perfect way to round off your visit. Despite being Europe’s youngest capital city, there is plenty to do: visit the National Museum, take in a film at Chapter Arts Centre or grab a bike and take to the Taff Trail.
If your tastes are a little wilder, pay a visit to Caernarfon castle, a looming structure surrounded by water. Created by King Edward I as a powerful line of defence, you can’t miss this intimidating structure. Step inside its walls and be transported to a world of medieval splendour, explore the castle towers and admire the beautiful view out to sea. And, if that wasn’t enough, Caernarfon Castle is right on the doorstep of Snowdonia National Park.
Further north you’ll find Conwy castle: one of the most impressive castles in Wales, not to mention the UK. Eight huge towers, two fortified gateways and rocky foundations lend this stronghold real medieval grandeur. Towering battlements and lengthy walkways mean the views from the top are fantastic, taking in the River Conwy and ancient walls of Conwy town itself.
While there are countless castles in Wales to visit, castle holidays needn’t stop at ancient fortifications. Why not turn your break into a proper road trip, taking in some of Wales’s finest sights along the way? Intertwine your trip with bracing walks along some of the country’s finest coastal paths, as well as visits to iconic villages like picturesque Portmeirion. And if you need somewhere to rest your head? Stay in a castle!
Castle hotels in Wales are the perfect base from which to explore the country, especially when they’re as luxurious as Ruthin Castle. Surrounded by woodland, home to a spa and sitting on the edge of the Clwydian mountain range, a stay at Ruthin is unforgettable.
Take a look at the itineraries below to start your planning your incredible Welsh road trip.