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Powis Castle

Powis Castle, built circa 1200, began life as the medieval fortress of the Welsh Princes of Powys. The world-famous gardens, overhung with clipped yews, shelters rare plants laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles.

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Cardigan Castle

Cardigan Castle is one of the most important castles in Wales - the first stone castle built by a Welshman and the birthplace of the first eisteddfod in 1176.

In or near Cardigan

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Craig y Nos Castle

The Castle overlooks Craig-y-Nos Country Park, in the Brecon Beacons National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

In or near Ystradgynlais

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Monmouth Castle

Castle established by William Fitz Osbern in the late 11th century. The remains of the great hall date to the first half of the 12th century. Later remodelled by the Lancasters. Birthplace of Henry V.

In or near Monmouth

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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.

In or near Kidwelly

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Criccieth Castle

Standing in a commanding position on a rocky promontory overlooking Cardigan Bay, Criccieth is one of the greatest testaments to Welsh castle building.

In or near Criccieth

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Loughor Castle

Remains of a thirteenth-century tower on top of a twelfth-century earthwork castle.

In or near Swansea

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Castell Coch - Cadw

Castell Coch (Red Castle), on the ouskirts of Cardiff, is the ultimate fairytale castle. Its conical towers and needle-sharp turrets peek out from a wooded slope, presenting a vision more in tune with the Bavarian countryside.

In or near Cardiff

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Llansteffan Castle

Llansteffan was one of a chain of castles built by the Normans but its history as a stronghold goes back much further, with the castle taking advantage of the existing earthworks of an Iron Age hillfort.

In or near Carmarthen

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Dolforwyn Castle

The remains of this castle, begun by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd ('the Last') in 1273 and captured by the English in 1277, have been revealed by excavations.

In or near Newtown

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St Quentins Castle

It is thought that the Normans built their original keep on the remains of Caer Dynnaf an iron age hillfort located to the west. The castle is now in the care of Cadw and the stone remains are well worth a visit.

In or near Cowbridge

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Newport Castle

Newport Castle is closed for the foreseeable future for health and safety reasons.

In or near Newport City

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St Donats Castle

Standing above the Bristol Channel is the imposing St Donats Castle, which is the longest continually inhabited castle in Wales.

In or near Llantwit Major

 
Skenfrith Castle

One of the 'Three Castles' held in common ownership, with Grosmont and White Castle.

In or near Abergavenny

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Manorbier Castle

Norman castle overlooking the sea at Manorbier, birthplace of Giraldus Cambrensis. 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.

In or near Tenby

 
Denbigh Castle

The striking ruins of Denbigh Castle, crowning a steep hill above the town, enjoy commanding views of the pastoral Vale of Clwyd and the round-backed hills of the Clwydian Range.

In or near Denbigh

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Cholmondeley Castle

In 1801, George James, 4th Earl of Cholmondeley was responsible for the demolition of the original Hall and the erection of a comparatively small ‘gothic villa’ which is Cholmondeley Castle today.

In or near Wrexham

 
Castell Y Bere

Distinctive remains of a native Welsh castle, probably begun by Prince Llywelyn ab Iorwerth ('the Great') around 1221.

In or near Tywyn

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