Castles in Wales

Wales has more fairytale castles than it has fairies to occupy them! From coastal ruins to restored splendour, we have so many to choose from.

A favourite with our guests is Carreg Cennan Castle, a 30 minute drive (directions supplied)  straight up the hill behind the cottage through open farm and moorland, then over the wild and majestic summit of the  Black Mountain (where you can park and picnic on a fine day) with unforgettable views over Carmarthenshire and its tapestry of tiny green fields and isolated farms below.

Other castles within easy reach are:

Weobley Castle

Today’s visitors to Weobley can admire one of the few surviving fortified manor houses in Wales

Weobley (pronounced web-lee) was the proud home of the de la Bere family until the 15th century. There aren’t many places left where you can stand at the same window as someone did half a millennium ago and witness the same unspoilt view. The vista from Weobley over the north Gower marshlands and mudflats is one such rare place.

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Oxwich Castle

Oxwich is a grand Tudor house, built in courtyard style.

Gower is a marvel. Heritage buffs and beach bums alike love this beautiful peninsula. In years gone by, the wealthy built wherever the view suited. The Mansel family chose a lovely spot on a wooded headland above Oxwich Bay to build their dream home.

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Manorbier Castle and Garden

With such a splendid setting overlooking a beautiful unspoilt beach, families love to explore Manorbier Castle and bring a little bit of history to life.

The impressive Great Hall, Chapel and Turrets are dotted with life size figures - see children of the Tudor period and some prisoners in the dungeon.

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Laugharne Castle

Think Laugharne, think Dylan Thomas. A bittersweet love affair between townsfolk and resident poet, conducted via prickly poems and supremely clever short stories. Think Laugharne, think castle too. The magnificent medieval castle turned Tudor mansion later became the perfect antidote to writer’s block. Both Dylan and author Richard Hughes put pen to paper in the castle’s garden summerhouse.

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Castell Coch

The beautiful fabled home of a very wealthy man.

While resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch (Red Castle) is relatively modern, the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by untold wealth. The Middle Ages fascinated the Victorians as much as the Victorians fascinate us today. High Gothic was the order of the day.

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Dinefwr Castle

Situated in majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi Valley.

Dinefwr Castle not only occupies a place of great affection in the minds and traditions of the Welsh people but also majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi valley. The site is forever associated with the princes of Deheubarth, the kingdom in south-west Wales.

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Caerphilly Castle

The fortress sprawls over a huge area making it the largest castle in Wales.

Like the famous cheese, the castle has long been synonymous with Caerphilly. It dominates. Hogs the limelight. Think slumbering giant awaiting a call to arms. It’s also a great backdrop for TV and film. It secured a starring role recently in the popular BBC TV series Merlin.

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Kidwelly Castle

Kidwelly is on a par with the other great castles of Wales.

We all get our moments. But if you want a truly medieval moment, catch a glimpse of Kidwelly shrouded in early morning mist. Spine-tingling stuff. So complete and well-preserved it’s a match for any of the great castles of Wales.

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Pembroke Castell

Pembroke Castle has a long and fascinating history, for it was around 1093 that Arnulf de Montgomery built the small inner bailey standing at the end of the promontory. Only a few years later the castle withstood a long siege by the Welsh, although its defenders were near starvation.

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Raglan Castle

A stunning statement of wealth and power.

Everything’s great about this place, from its great tower, which evokes memories of earlier fortresses like Caernarfon, to the great gatehouse, which ‘wows’ the visitor just as its owner intended. If, as they say, an Englishman’s home is his castle, then William Herbert’s Raglan is the Welshman’s equivalent.

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Carew Castle

The magnificent Carew Castle has a history spanning 2,000 years. Set in a stunning location, overlooking a 23-acre millpond, the castle displays the development from a Norman fortification to an Elizabethan country house.

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