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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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Powis Castle Autumn Colours

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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Chepstow Castle

Beautifully preserved Chepstow Castle stretches out along a limestone cliff above the River Wye like a history lesson in stone.

In or near Chepstow

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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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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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White Castle

Imposing moated remains of twelfth-century castle, probably the work of Henry II. Substantially remodelled in the second half of the thirteenth century. The castle was held in common with Grosmont and Skenfrith.

In or near Abergavenny

Cadw Welsh Government

 
Carew Castle & Tidal Mill

The magnificent Carew Castle has a history spanning 2000 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.

In or near Tenby

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Montgomery Castle

Montgomery Castle is a stone masonry castle looking over the town of Montgomery in Powys, Mid Wales. It is one of many Norman castles on the border between Wales and England.

In or near Montgomery

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Skenfrith Castle

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

In or near Abergavenny

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Wiston Castle

Well-preserved motte-and-bailey castle, probably begun by the Flemish settler, Wizo, sometime in the first half of the twelfth century. Remains of a later stone shell-keep also survive.

In or near Haverfordwest

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Carreg Cennen Castle - cadw

There are few castles in Wales - or Europe for that matter - which can boast a more spectacular location than Carreg Cennen. Its ruins crown a precipitous crag in a remote corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

In or near Llandeilo

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Bronllys Castle

Founded c1100 by Richard Fitz Pons, an Anglo-Norman lord, this mid-12th century stone keep, similar to that of Tretower, perches atop an earlier motte overlooking the River Llynfi.

In or near Brecon

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Weobley Castle

The 14th Century Weobley Castle is perched on the Gower's wild north coast with a commanding view over the nearby marshes. Built by the de Bere family, Weobley served more as a fortified manor house than a serious military stronghold.

In or near Swansea

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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

 
Dolbadarn Castle

Occupying a lofty, lonely spot overlooking the waters of Llyn Padarn, native-built Dolbadarn Castle was once a vital link in the defences of the ancient kingdom of Gwynedd.

In or near Llanberis

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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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Grosmont Castle

Substantial remains of thirteenth-century castle of Hubert de Burgh, raised on an earlier motte. It was later remodelled by the house of Lancaster.

In or near Abergavenny

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