How would you like your castle? Concentric, square, restored, dilapidated, 10th century, 18th century… And would you like coffee with that? Then we recommend Cardiff Castle. It's an impressive fortress, built in 1106. And it's handy for the Queen Street Starbucks, a much rarer sight around here.Find out more about Welsh castles at Cadw - The official guardian of the built heritage of Wales
With so many great castles to choose from you may need help deciding which ones to visit. Click on the map to browse our complete list.
Or take our word for it and view our top picks below.
In his day the 3rd Marquess of Bute was the richest man in the world, so he could afford to indulge himself. One result is Castell Coch. A late 19th Century fancy built on the remains of a 13th Century castle, it is one of Wales’ most romantic and unexpected places. Don’t miss Lady Bute’s Bedroom, its painted double dome features 28 frolicking monkeys (rather risqué at the time).
Powis Castle is a mecca for garden lovers. The impressive castle was built 800 years ago and the gardens have matured over time too. There are formal Italianate terraces with original lead statues, lush herbaceous borders and exotic plants cascading from the walls as well as an informal woodland “wilderness” that was added in the 1700s.