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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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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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Newport Castle

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

In or near Newport City

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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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Pembroke Castle

Idyllically set on the banks of the river estuary, this mighty fortress is largely intact.

In or near Pembroke

 
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

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Chirk Castle

Completed in 1310 in a commanding position in the Welsh Marches and in continuous habitation ever since, the castle's austere exterior contrasts with the elegant state rooms within.

In or near Chirk

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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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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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Rhuddlan Castle

Awesome feat of engineering still towers above the River Clwyd

In or near Rhyl

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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

 
Ewloe Castle

Ewloe Castle is a mid 13th century stone keep and courtyard fortress with a characteristic D-shaped tower, probably built by Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd ('the Last') around 1257.

In or near Deeside

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Dryslwyn Castle

Situated in majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi Valley, Dryslwyn 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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Coity Castle

An important Norman stronghold rebuilt in the 14th century, forming part of the three castles of Ogmore, Newcastle and Coity.

In or near Bridgend

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New Castle

The remains of an early Norman castle stands proudly on a hill dominating Bridgend Town and the River Ogmore. First mentioned in 1106, it marked the western limit of Robert Fitzhamon's conquests.

In or near Bridgend

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Flint Castle

Begun in 1277, one of the first castles to be built in Wales by King Edward I. Its most impressive feature is a solitary round tower, isolated from the rest of the inner ward. It features in Shakespeare's Richard II.

In or near Flint

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