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If you are a lover of castles, then Wales should be your next destination

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Wales is often called the ‘Castle Capital of the World’ or the ‘Land of Castles’ and with good reason. There were once 600 castles here, many of which have now become ruins, but many are still in good condition and can be visited on tours. There are even some that are open for overnight stays! There are so many amazing castles to see while you’re there, but here are a few great ones to choose from if you need some guidance.

Land of Castles

Cardigan castle

Located on the River Teifi, Cardigan Castle is an 11th-century structure that you can visit today. You can also book a night here and enjoy traditional Welsh dinners at Cegin 1176 Kitchen, the hotel’s restaurant built right into the castle walls. The first annual National Eisteddfod, a celebration of Welsh culture, was held here by Lord Rhys in 1176 to mark the completion of the castle.

Cardigan castle

Cardigan castle

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle dates back to the 13th century and was built on the site of a Roman fort. It is located on the Seiont River and the outer wall surrounding the city remains largely intact. It also includes some towers and The Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum. King Edward’s son was born here, and it was also where he was named Prince of Wales. In 1969, the investiture of King Charles took place here.

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle has become one of the most popular attractions in Wales. It can be dated back to ancient Roman times. It has been transformed over the years, including a fortified Norman tower, medieval fortress and Gothic Revival residence. Located on the River Taff, it’s right in the center of town so it’s easy to visit while you’re there.

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle

Raglan Castle

Built in 1435, the Great Tower of Raglan Castle is said to have been built by the noble Sir William ap Thomas. The gate was built by his son Sir William Herbert. Unfortunately, much of what used to be there has been destroyed by many wars, but it has since been rebuilt as a luxury residence. Now the Grand Staircase, hidden rooms, moat, garden, wood carvings and countryside views can all be seen by visitors.

Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle

Bodelwyddan Castle

Bodelwyddan Castle is a historic manor house that you can actually stay overnight in to get the full castle experience. It is located close to Snowdonia from the North Wales coast. While it is an ancient castle, you can enjoy modern amenities including dining, spa, lots of entertainment and of course the beautiful castle grounds.

Bodelwyddan Castle

Bodelwyddan Castle

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