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Guide to Castles in Wales

by Nia Scott

Jul 22, 2019

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Wales is often an overlooked country because it’s smaller than its neighbors and does not have as many popular landmarks and attractions to pull people in. However, the country is gorgeous and travelers who make the journey will be left breathless by the beauty of the landscape. It’s a green land with rolling hills and quaint towns. Wales is also home to many beautiful castles waiting to be visited.


The Harlech Castle is one of the most popular in Wales. It was built on a summit of a 200-foot hill and overlooks Cardigan Bay. The castle is old and was built in 1283. Originally, the castle served as a fortress for Edward I and, through the years, the castle continued to be a fortress, but now it’s a great tourist destination. Visitors can stroll through the grounds and take in the gorgeous views.


The Conwy Castle is a picturesque castle built by the architect James of St. George. It’s considered one of his finest works and is still well-preserved. Visitors can sign up for a one-hour tour of the castle with a knowledgeable guide. The castle still features two fortified gateways, a massive great hall and eight towers. It’s located in the quaint town of Conwy, which visitors should explore as well.


Deep in the county of Pembrokeshire, Pembroke Castle is one of oldest and best-preserved castles in Wales. It was built in 1093 and was the birthplace of Henry VII. The castle was fully restored in the 1900s and is open to the public.




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