Let your fantasy for spending quality time in architectural masterpieces – castles, fortress or palaces – come alive in Wales, which is also referred to as “Land of castles”. Visit some of the finest European castles here, if you are planning a trip to the UK:-
1) Caernarfon Castle
This Edwardian style castle is located on the bank of river Seiont, in the town of Caernarfon. Designed by architect James, of street George, this architectural masterpiece has a series of towers, invincible walls, and gates built along the inner wall of the castle. King Edward’s son was born and dubbed as the Prince of Wales here. This is the second most popular castle catering to more than 210000 visitors everywhere.
2) Beaumaris Castle
This castle is located on the island of Anglesey. Built by Edward 1, it is a perfect example of a concentric design and technically designed castle. This is one of the World Heritage sites among the other three. Visit the castle around its Annual Medieval Festival that features jousting, jesters and traditional music.
3) Pembroke Castle
Famous worldwide as the birthplace of Tudor dynasty founder and only British Welsh king Henry VII, this castle is a gigantic oval-shaped castle surrounded by a large millpond. Built on a vast cavern, this castle is the perfect destination for an evening stroll.
4) Conwy Castle
Castle built by Edward I is located on the north coast of Wales. This is one of the finest examples of medieval fortresses in Europe featuring two barbicans, 8 huge towers, and the high curtain wall. The most visited castle in Wales with spiral staircase to take you to the top.
5) Caerphilly Castle
The largest castle in South Wales and the second largest in the whole of Britain, this is one of the greatest medieval castles of Western Europe. Built over approximately 30 acres of area, the castle has a unique design. Note the castle for leaning by 10 degrees off its vertical axis on the South-eastern side.
6) Powis Castle
One of the most unique amongst the medieval castle in Wales, this castle has Red stone exterior. The castle was renovated with the bedroom and terrace garden to make it unique in the 17th century. It houses magnificent art collection, exclusive interiors, and artefacts from India. The Baroque garden here is one of the finest in the UK with picturesque landscapes and ages-old yew trees welcoming visitors.
7) Roch Castle
Most welcoming for history lovers, this 12th century Norman castle is now more of a luxury hotel with 6 rooms. With a unique and dramatic appearance, this castle was carved from a rock formation. Click Here for more information on this fabulous hotel.
8) Harlech Castle
Located amid mesmerizing landscape, this castle in the Northwest of the UK has been made out of sandstone. Constructed by King Edward1, this is an architectural masterpiece where cliff act as a natural barrier against attacks and dry moats cut into the rock.
9) Chirk Castle
Built during the reign of King Edward I, the castle is located in the North of the country. This is the only still inhabited castle from Edward I’s days. Spread in 5 acres, the beautiful garden outside the castle has beautiful roses and well-maintained lawns.
10) Raglan Castle
Raglan castle is located in southeast Wales. The castle is made out of sandstone. It was renovated in the 16th century by adding a new hammer-beam roof. Best known for its polygon structure in the whole welsh castle landscape, the castle has square or round constructions.
Wales has over 400 castles although it’s the smallest country in the UK. Come and explore the Welsh history and breath-taking landscapes around these castles!