Castle Tours : Wales
This former Norman fortress seems compact, squashed into the property that once formed the baileys of the castle. The 80 foot tall masonry keep crowns a massive mound, the motte, and is still foreboding even in ruin,
as it looms directly overhead and appears ready to topple over in your way.
Builth Castle is an anomaly amongst Edward's mighty fortresses. That it has survived is something of a miracle. That it contains none of the original stonework is a great loss, for like its sisters, not only was Builth Castle a masterpiece of medieval architecture, it also played a significant role in Welsh history.
The earthwork at Caer Beris seems to represent the first castle in the cantref of Buellt, probably built by Philip Braose in 1093.
Caer Penrhos is a superbly-sited, magnificent ringwork castle, apparently built within an earlier Iron Age hillfort, which has been used as a bailey.
Here, a ringwork, a variant of the motte-and-bailey, was placed within an Iron Age hillfort.
he masonry castle, on the highest point of the hill,
was probably first built by Dafydd ap Gruffydd, in
lands given him by Edward I after the first Welsh campaign of 1277.
Caerleon saw centuries of Christian and Roman settlement and fortification before Norman invaders used this site for the steep motte of their castle in 1085.
Caernarfon Castle is one of the most impressive of all the castles built by Edward I and is one of
Europe's great medieval fortresses. Set on a peninsula bounded by the Menai Strait and at the
heart of North Wales, Caernarfon became the English administrative centre.
Caernarvon is architecturally one of the most impressive of all of the castles in Wales. It was intended as a seat of power - and as a symbol of English dominance over the subdued Welsh.
Built in the late 13th and early 14th century, Caerphilly Castle is concentric (castle within a castle) in architecture, with a double moat. The castle's most distinguishing feature is its leaning tower.
A comprehensive source of information about Caerphilly castle including visiting details, opening times, picture galleries and stories about the history and origin of the castle.
The interest and extraordinary impact of Caerphilly derive from its enormous size, together with the complexity of its land and water defences.