Castles of North Wales

One of the defining features of North Wales is the inspiring medieval castles that dominate the landscape. The majority of the castles were built during the early Middle Ages during the conflicts between the Welsh and English of that period. If you like history then the castles provide a perfect venue to explore during your North Wales holiday.

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle is probably the finest preserved example of a medieval castle in the whole of North Wales. The castle stands at the mouth of the River Seiont and dominates the landscape of the surrounding town.

Caernarfon Castle was built to be imposing with its octagonal towers rather than the more normal round shape. The castle gained worldwide fame when it served as the venue for the investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales in the 1960's.

Conwy Castle

If Caernarfon Castle is inspiring then Conwy Castle is out of this world. The castle dominates the views at the mouth of the River Conwy and although no where near as large as its near neighbour Conwy Castle is built upon a natural outcropping of rock giving it an elevated position above the town.

Another feature of Conwy Castle is that the town walls remain almost entirely intact and are one of the very few that you can still walk around today.

Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle was the great unfinished work of the English from this period and could have been the greatest of all the medieval castles in North Wales. The castle stands next to the town of Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey and stares out across the Menai Straits towards the mountains of Snowdonia.

Harlech Castle

Today Harlech Castle sits high above the town looking west towards the Irish Sea. Large sections of the castle remain intact despite seeing military action on numerous occasions.

Harlech Castle is famous as the location of the longest castle siege in British history and served as the inspiration for the song 'Men of Harlech'.

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