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Did you know that there are around 400 castles in Wales, and that over 100 of these are still fully standing? If you’re not familiar with Wales’ castles and you want to learn more about these impressive feats of architecture then keep reading as we list some of our favourite castles in Wales.


1. Chepstow Castle

The appearance of Chepstow Castle has changed greatly over the years. In fact from the time it was built in 1067, right up until 1690, Chepstow Castle was constantly adapting to keep up with the latest trends in military architecture. Now home to the oldest castle doors in Europe, these 800 year old wooden doors are a testament to Chepstow Castle’s endurance.

Opening Times: Open from 9:30am between March and September, and then from 10am between November and February. Closing times vary so please check the website for more details.

Cost: Adults – £6.00, children under 16 – £4.20, seniors and students – £4.20, family ticket (two adults and two children under 16) – £16.50.

Contact: cadw.gov.wales/daysout/chepstow-castle; cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk; 01443 336000


2. Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle was built by Master James of St George between 1283 and 1287 for Kind Edward I. The castle’s intimidating walls, two barbicans, eight mighty towers and impressive bow-shaped hall were all built to demonstrate England’s presence and power in Wales. The dramatic structure is still largely intact today and one of Wales’ biggest tourist attractions.

Opening Times: Open from 9:30am between March and September and then from 10am between November and February. Closing times vary so please check the website for more details.

Cost: Adults – £7.95, children under 16 – £5.60, seniors and students – £5.60, family ticket (two adults and two children under 16) – £21.50.

Contact: cadw.gov.wales/daysout/conwycastle; cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk; 01443 336000


3. Harlech Castle

From its coastal mount, Harlech Castle casts a regal shadow over the beach and town of Harlech in North Wales. This commanding medieval castle was also built for Kind Edward I and was completed in 1295. Home to the longest siege in British history, Harlech Castle’s impenetrable walls are still as impressive today as they were 700 years ago.

Opening Times: Open from 9:30am between March and September and then from 10am between November and February. Closing times vary so please check the website for more details.

Cost: Adults – £6.00, children under 16 – £4.20, seniors and students – £4.20, family ticket (two adults and two children under 16) – £16.20.

Contact: cadw.gov.wales/daysout/harlechcastle/; cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk; 01443 336000


4. Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle is one of Edward I’s more unusual castles as instead of the regular circular towers, this castle has a unique collection of polygon shaped towers. Caernarfon Castle, which was built in 1287, is a real brute of a castle with a very imposing appearance so if you’re looking for something with a storybook feel, this is the castle for you.

Opening Times: Open from 9:30am between March and September and then from 10am between November and February. Closing times vary so please check the website for more details.

Cost: Adults – £7.95, children under 16 – £5.60, seniors and students – £5.60, family ticket (two adults and two children under 16) – £21.50.

Contact: cadw.gov.wales/daysout/caernarfon-castle/; cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk; 01443 336000


5. Powis Castle

Originally built in 1200 as a medieval fortress, Powis Castle has been remodelled over the years to suit the ever-changing needs of the Herbert Family. The castle itself is a very exciting structure with stunning state rooms and an old dungeon, but almost as impressive are the beautiful gardens that surround it, so make sure you spend some time exploring the outdoor areas.

Opening Times: Garden and restaurant open from 10am until 4pm. Castle, museum and shops are open from 11am until 4pm

Cost: Adults – £12.50, children – £6.25, family ticket (two adults and two children) – £31.25. Prices are for the whole property, to see pricing for just the castle please visit website.

Contact: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle/; powiscastle@nationaltrust.org.uk; 01938 551944


6. Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle is one of Wales’ most iconic castles and the birthplace of Henry VII. The castle has a fascinating history that can be traced all the way back to 1093, when the small inner bailey standing was built by Arnulf de Montgomery. You will find that all the rooms in Pembroke Castle are circular and that the castle keep is nearly 80ft high.

Opening Times: Open from 9:30am – 5:30pm April 1st to August 31st, 10am – 5pm September 1st to October 31st, 10am – 4pm November 1st to February 29th and 10am – 5pm March 1st until March 31st.

Cost: Adults – £6.60, children (3-15yrs) – £5.50, children (under 3) – free, seniors and registered disabled – £5.50.

Contact: pembroke-castle.co.uk/; info@pembrokecastle.co.uk; 01646 681510


7. Chirk Castle

Built as a symbol of power and completed in 1310, Chirk Castle is yet another monument left over from the reign of King Edward I. With a history dating back over 700 years, it may surprise you to hear that Chirk Castle is still lived in today but with a grand castle to explore and 5.5 acres of award winning gardens at your back door, it’s not a bad place to call home!

Opening Times: Estate opens from 7am until 7pm. Gardens, shop, tea-room and tower open from 10am until 4pm. State room tours are from 11am until 12pm and the state room opens at 12pm until 4pm.

Cost: Adults – £12.20, children – £6.10, family ticket (two adults and two children) – £30.50.

Contact: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle/; chirkcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk; 01691 777701

 

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