Castle Tours : Wales
The fortress was probably begun around 1200 when William Braose was granted rights of conquest in this district and was consequently probably seized from him on his rebellion in 1208.
Conwy is by any standards one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe. First impressions are of tremendous
military strength, a dominating position and a unity and compactness of design. The eight mighty towers seem to spring from the very rock which dictated the castle's eventual layout.
Conwy Castle is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture and is associated with one of the
greatest circuits of town walls to be found anywhere in Europe, more than three quarters of a mile in length, with 22 towers and three original gateways! Conwy was built between 1283 and 1289 by Edward I and helped complete the conquest of the Welsh princes in North Wales.
The Welsh castle at Criccieth is a marvelous sight to
behold, sitting as it does so high and majestic atop
a rocky promontory which juts dramatically out into Tremadog Bay.
Crickhowell Castle, also known as Alisby's castle, is a conspicuous feature of the small market town and occupies a vantage point with commanding views along the Usk valley.
Cwm Camlais was a small castle, also known at times as Camlais, Maescar, Blaencamlais, or Defynoch Castle.
In 1116 we find the first recorded mention of a native
Welsh castle which has survived to the present day.
Denbigh Castle overlooks the town, Denbighshire, northeast Wales. Unfortunately, nothing of the native-built castle has survived. In recent years, however, restoration efforts have greatly upgraded the overall appearance of the gatehouse. Travelers passing through northeast Wales should make time for a side trip into Denbigh. You will discover one of Wales' best kept and most fascinating secrets.
Gwynedd, north Wales, doesn't qualify as
a medieval Welsh castle, however this is a
legendary fortress. The fortress sits on a most precipitous rock, which might well be judged the strongest natural fortress
Dinas Powys Castle is located in Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales. The castle dates back to the 5th to 7th century and now lies in ruins.
Dinefwr Castle is located in Carmarthenshire, south Wales. The castle has undergone extensive restoration and is now open to the public.
East Orchard Castle in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales was called a
castle, but there is no evidence
that it was fortified as such
at any time. It ruins and its history is all that remains.