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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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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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Situated in a commanding position in the Welsh Marches, the castle's austere exterior contrasts with the elegant state rooms within.

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The National Trust’s Penrhyn Castle is a stunning neo-Norman castle built by famous Victorian architect Thomas Hopper.

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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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It’s worth taking the short detour off the busy A40 as you drive through Pembrokeshire to visit this little-known castle.

In or near Narberth

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More than the sum of its parts. Montgomery is one of those castles that, even in ruin, retain a powerful atmosphere and presence that transcend its state of preservation.

In or near Montgomery

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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.

In or near Llandeilo

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Cilgerran is one of the most spectacularly sited castles in Wales. Its two great round towers loom high above the deep gorge of the River Teifi and the fast-flowing stream of the Plysog.

In or near Cardigan

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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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It would be remarkable enough on its own. But Tretower is two wonders in one. Just across the castle green lies an entire medieval court that became a byword for magnificence.

In or near Crickhowell

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High-society home with its very own watchtower

In or near Swansea

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Criccieth is truly a castle to capture the imagination. Crowning its own rocky headland between two beaches it commands astonishing views over the town and across the wide sweep of Cardigan Bay.

In or near Criccieth

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Magnificent medieval fortress still towers over town after 700 years

In or near Conwy

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Ruined remains of a 14th-century castle

In or near Cowbridge

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Significant medieval fortress with a substantial central tower

In or near Abergavenny

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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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Dolwyddelan, a mountain stronghold of the Welsh Princes, stands in a magnificent location deep in Snowdonia. It was built between about 1210 and 1240 by Llywelyn the Great to control a strategic pass through his mountainous kingdom.

In or near Dolwyddelan

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