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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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St Davids Cathedral

St Davids is one of the great historic shrines of Christendom. Nowhere in Britain is there a more ancient cathedral settlement, for it reaches back fourteen centuries.

In or near St David's

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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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Loughor Castle

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

In or near Swansea

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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

Cadw Welsh Government

 
Pentre Ifan

Pentre Ifan is a Bronze-Age megalithic site dating from at least 4000 B.C. It is probably the finest Welsh hilltop megalith (mega-lith = large stones). It is said to have been originally constructed as a burial chamber.

In or near Newport (Pembs)

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Oxwich Castle

Remains of a sumptuous, mock-fortified manor built by the Mansel family during the sixteenth century.

In or near Swansea

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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

 
Talley Abbey

Founded for the Premonstratensian order by the Lord Rhys, between 1184 and 1189. Parts of the abbey church survive.

In or near Llandeilo

Cadw Welsh Government

 
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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St Non's Chapel

Remains of a small medieval chapel. The site is traditionally identified as the chapel of blessed Non, the mother of St David.

In or near St David's

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Swansea Castle

Remains of the Braose castle dating to the late thirteenth century.

In or near Swansea

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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

Cadw Welsh Government

 
Llawhaden Castle

A fortified palace of the bishops of St David's, first created as a ringwork in the twelfth century and totally rebuilt mainly in the fourteenth century.

In or near Narberth

Cadw Welsh Government

 
Haverfordwest Priory

Excavated remains of early thirteenth-century Augustinian priory with the only surviving ecclesiastical medieval garden in Britain.

In or near Haverfordwest

Cadw Welsh Government

 
Carswell Old House

The stone ruin of Carswell Medieval House currently stands amid a complex of modern farm buildings, once formed part of the estate of the earls of Pembroke.

In or near Tenby

Cadw Welsh Government

 
St Dogmaels Abbey

The site takes its name from Dogmael a 6th century christian Saint, reputedly the cousin of St David, Wales's very own patron saint.

In or near Cardigan

Cadw Welsh Government

 
Dinefwr Castle

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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