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Top Castles in Wales

Top Castles in Wales

Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in the world. From Roman forts and royal palaces to medieval motte-and-bailey castles—be sure to add these Welsh castles to your itinerary.

Cardiff Castle

Perched on a grassy mound in the heart of historic Cardiff, this castle stands out as the country’s flagship fortress. A 2,000-year-old Roman fort transformed into a grand Victorian manor by the prestigious Bute Family, it’s one of Wales’ most important heritage sites. Visitors can admire the grand interiors by architect William Burges, stroll the beautiful gardens, and explore the castle’s underground tunnels, which were used as air raid shelters during World War II.

Caerphilly Castle

Just north of Cardiff, the 13th-century Caerphilly Castle is the largest castle in Wales and one of Britain’s greatest surviving medieval castles. Its impressive ramparts, including elaborate moats and water defenses, made it a worthy setting for former guests like King Edward II. These days, Caerphilly is equally famous for its annual Big Cheese Festival, held each summer.

Rhuddlan Castle

Hidden away in the moorlands of North Wales, Rhuddlan Castle is best known for its association with King Edward I, who built it during the 13th century. The castle boasts a remarkably engineered fortification system, and it’s linked to the north coast via the River Clwyd.

 

Caernarfon Castle

Another one of King Edward I’s castles, Caernarfon Castle was built in 1283 on the banks of the Menai Strait. Visitors can tour the interior of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore exhibitions on the Prince of Wales and the British army, and look out over the Snowdonia National Park from the Eagle Tower. 

Conwy Castle

With its dramatic fortifications and imposing drawbridge, it’s easy to see why Conwy Castle is considered Edward I’s most impenetrable castle. After admiring the fortress from across the Conwy River, head inside to walk the ramparts and enjoy incredible views over Snowdonia. 

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5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London

5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London

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Explore peaceful scenery and medieval cities on this 5-day tour from London to Wales and central England. Follow the footsteps of William Shakespeare in his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, see the epic peaks of Wales’ Snowdonia; and discover Chatsworth House and the spectacular landscapes of the Peak District. Finally, admire the historical highlights of York and sublime university city of Cambridge on route back to London. Four nights’ 3-star accommodation in Shrewsbury and York, and travel by a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach are included. Numbers are limited to 16 for a more personalized experience.
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  • 5 days
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City Sightseeing Cardiff Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Cardiff Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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See all of Cardiff’s spectacular sights on a City Sightseeing hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the captivating Welsh capital. Relish the freedom and flexibility of this convenient sightseeing experience and disembark the distinctive double-decker bus whenever an attraction captures your attention. See cultural highlights like the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle and Techniquest and listen to informative audio commentary as you explore. Your sightseeing pass is valid for 24 hours after first use, giving you ample time to discover the city.
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  • 55 minutes
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Doctor Who Cardiff Walking Tour

Doctor Who Cardiff Walking Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of TV’s favourite Time Lord on this 2-hour Doctor Who walking tour of Cardiff. Visit memorable locations from the sci-fi drama series including Cardiff Castle and the National Museum of Wales, and spot recognizable sights like Rose Tyler’s workplace and the site of Danny Pinks death. Along the way, your guide will entertain you with fun Doctor Who facts and trivia and tell you insider stories and anecdotes about Doctor Who actors and filming locations.
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  • 2 hours
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