Castles in Wales

Wales’s rugged coastline, awe-inspiring national parks and Celtic culture make it one of the most popular places in the UK for castle holidays. With around 600 castles to explore – all surrounded by scenery that will make your heart sing – there’s no better excuse to visit this magical country.

The castles in Wales are bathed in history, having witnessed their fair share of bloodthirsty battles and royal patrons. Explore atmospheric stone corridors and vast reception halls; try your hand at falconry and take a guided tour; completely immerse yourself in these historic treasures. It’s even possible to stay in a castle during your trip to Wales: an experience that’s sure to make you feel like royalty.

So, what are you waiting for? Click a pin on the castle map, below, to explore Wales’s heritage sites.

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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.

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From the bustling capital of Cardiff to the rugged crags at Nash Point, Glamorgan's history is both extensive and palpable. On this three-day road trip, you will explore South Wales' most imposing castles and picturesque landscapes. You will follow the River Taff down into the Taff Valley, taking in the rough rubble sandstone of Castell Coch. You then make your final stop at Cyfarthfa Castle: a 19th-century mansion set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. In the heart of Glamorgan is the Caerphilly Mountain, dominating its namesake town and a real favourite with ramblers. If you prefer something a little less energetic, why not take a tour of the region’s stately homes and gardens? There is also the opportunity to turn your road trip into a luxury break. Castle hotels provide a warm, comfortable stay, offering grand interiors and decadent restaurants. Get started with our three-day castle road trip.

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Caernarfonshire is home to some of the UK's most impressive castles. Find them on the coast, in the countryside and nestled into Mount Snowden. This makes North Wales the perfect place to embark on a five-day castle road trip. Travel around country lanes and through dramatic valleys, watch the tumbling waters of Swallow Falls, or leave your car at a Welsh castle hotel and take the Snowden mountain railway. Five-day road trips offer travellers that little bit more time to venture off the beaten track and explore the region's hidden gems. This trip focuses on Edward I's 'Iron Ring' of fortresses: a collection of coastal castles used to consolidate his power in Wales during the 13th century. Wherever you choose to join our five-day castle road trip, you are sure to find history and adventure at every turn.

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Blue flag bays and wide sandy expanses make South Wales a perfect holiday destination for the family. History lovers will adore exploring the castles and monuments that line its shores, too. A favourite of the Normans and known nationally as ‘Little England’, Pembrokeshire has more than its fair share of well-preserved castles. There is superb five-star Welsh castle accommodation to choose from, too, providing the perfect base for a seven-day road trip. From Iron Age forts to interactive museums, castles and manicured gardens, there’s plenty to pack in. What are you waiting for?