Wales is unbeatable when it comes to castles, and we think that Britain's best castles can be found within our borders. But you should come and judge for yourselves. From defensive beginnings and the conflict of Civil War to Tudor banqueting and Victorian decadence, the architectural splendour of these fortresses always stirs the soul. 

Not only the UK's best castles but also among it's most historic come and learn about the Welsh nation's history through the buildings that defended it.
 

Laugharne Castle

The imposing Taf estuary beauty of Laugharne Castle is forever associated with Dylan Thomas, who escaped writer’s block at the 11th century ruins. Discover his inspiration within the Victorian gardens which once hosted Civil War and a Tudor mansion, and relax near the Boathouse and Shed where poetry was once in motion.

Laugharne Castle
Close up shot of Laugharne Castle
Laugharne Castle

Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle's striking round towers make this fortress a singular classic, and there’s every chance you’ll be enraptured from the moment you see the astonishing gatehouse which once denied Oliver Cromwell at the end of the Civil War. Surrounded by fields, the romantic ruins even make space for a bowling green.

Raglan Castle, Vale of Usk
Raglan Castle, Monmouthshire

Dinefwr Park and Castle

The folkloric 12th century castle of Dinefwr Park is hugely atmospheric. Run by the National Trust, it has wonderful views and guided tours that take in the nearby nature reserve, cottages, ponds, a croquet lawn and a tea room. Look out for the rutting deer and cows who might join you during a stroll around the 18th century landscape park.

Caernarfon Castle

Edward I wasn’t messing around when he built this polygonal 13th century castle on a former Roman fort. Part of the coastal World Heritage Site, the mighty Caernarfon Castle remains one of the most visually arresting sights you’ll ever see. Exhibition rooms also feature this landmark to stir the senses.

Image of Caernarfon Castle from the South
Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, North Wales

Caldicot Castle

Every view from the incredible medieval Caldicot Castle could be a picture postcard, and its history is the stuff of legend from Norman beginnings, to conflict in the Middle Ages, and Victorian domesticity. Fifty-five acres of country park await, as well as events such as re-enactments and a tearoom for unwinding.
 

Conwy Castle

Perched on a rock against the backdrop of Snowdonia, Conwy Castle has an indisputably magical feel. Some consider it the finest castle Edward I built, and the mesmerising views from the battlements are particularly famed within the walled town. Great halls, private chapels and royal chambers wind through this medieval marvel.

Bridge towards Conwy Castle
Conwy Castle and estuary
Conwy Castle, North Wales 

Powis Castle and Garden

Powis Castle has a rich history, although it’s the gardens – famed for their French and Italian styles, adorned with plants and an orangery – which single it out, and that’s before you spot the medieval deer park. The perfect place to relax before heading inside to see decadent galleries and staircases aplenty.
 

Powis Castle and Garden, Mid Wales
Powis Castle and Garden, Mid Wales

Cilgerran Castle

The Normans’ penchant for defences with river views means Cilgerran Castle has an amazing vantage point, overlooking the Teifi. Circle the two vast round towers and walk between the walls of the Earl of Pembroke’s creation on a gorge – home to a castle which, even by Welsh standards, is particularly beautiful.
 

Caerphilly Castle

The largest castle in Wales, and the second-largest in Britain, Caerphilly Castle was locked within water defences when it was built by the English during the 13th century. The outside is the place, among an array of delights, to see four siege engines, and the inside has a hallowed, majestic feel.

Caerphilly Castle on a sunny day
Caerphilly Castle, South Wales

Chirk Castle

The frequently picturesque Welsh-English border offers few sites as magnificent as Chirk Castle. The elegant staterooms inside are an interior dream, combining elaborate plasterwork with a medieval tower, a dungeon and an 18th century Servants’ Hall. Enjoy an uplifting wander through the garden, terrace, pavilion and parkland enclosing Wrexham’s gem.
 

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