Wales is often called the “Castle Capital of the World,” or the “Land of Castles,” and with good reason. There were once 600 castles here, many of which have now become ruins, but many are still in good condition and can be visited on tours. There are even some that are open for overnight stays! There are so many stunning castles to see while you’re there, but here are some wonderful ones to choose from if you need some guidance.
Situated on the Teifi River, Cardigan Castle is an 11th century structure that can be visited today. You can also book a night here and enjoy traditional Welsh dinners at Cegin 1176 Kitchen, the on site restaurant that’s built right into the walls of the castle. The first of the annual National Eisteddfod, a celebration of Welsh culture, was celebrated here by Lord Rhys in 1176 in honor of the completion of the castle.
Caernarfon Castle dates back to the 13th century and was built on the site of a Roman fort. It sits on the Seiont River and the outer wall surrounding the town still largely stands. It also includes a few towers and The Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum. King Edward’s son was born here, and it was also here that he was named the Prince of Wales. In 1969, King Charles’ investiture was held here.
Cardiff Castle has become one of the most visited attractions in Wales. It can be dated back to ancient Roman times. It has been transformed throughout the years, including into a Norman fortified tower, medieval fortress, and Gothic Revival residence. Situation on the River Taff, it’s right in the middle of the city so it is easy to visit while on a trip there.
Built in 1435, Raglan Castle’s moated Great Tower has been said to have been built by nobleman Sir William ap Thomas. The gatehouse was built by his son Sir William Herbert. Unfortunately, a lot of what used to stand has been destroyed by many wars, but it has since been rebuilt as an extravagant residence. Now the Grand Staircase, hidden rooms, moat, garden, wood carvings, and countryside views can all be seen by visitors.
The Bodelwyddan Castle is a historic manor house which you can actually stay in overnight in order to get the full castle experience. It is located near Snowdonia by the North Wales coast. While it is an ancient castle, you can enjoy modern amenities that include dining, a spa, lots of entertainment, and of course, the beautiful castle grounds.