The Castle Capital of the World

May 2021


At one time Wales had about 600 castles, more castles per square mile than anywhere in the world, hence the claim of being the Castle Capital of the World. Not all of them are still standing of course, but over 100 are still standing, so there are plenty to visit for those who like to step back in time.


In fact, the castles of Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech are said to be "the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe, as demonstrated through their completeness, pristine state, evidence for organized domestic space, and extraordinary repertory of their medieval architectural form", according to UNESCO. So why not take some time during your holiday to visit a few.


Top 5 nearby castles


1. Cardigan Castle

Our nearest castle, just a few minutes from Trenewydd Farm, Cardigan Castle is easily a top choice. Not only is there the castle remains, there is also a gorgeous Georgian Mansion to visit, and Grade II listed gardens full of rare plant species. Keep an eye out for exhibitions, too.

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2. Cilgerran Castle

The first castle on this site was probably built around 1110, and it's easy to see why with the view over the River Teifi. Several paintings have been done of this wonderful castle, all in the national collection at the Tate.

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3. Kidwelly Castle

This Norman stronghold is a definitely worth a visit. It has everything you'd want from a medieval castle, and is even featured in 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'.

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4. Nevern Castle

Situated in a small village between Cardigan and Fishguard, why not make some time for this motte and bailey castle, once a Welsh stronghold.

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5. Newcastle Emlyn Castle

Built in around 1240, this castle changed hands many times in battles between the Welsh and the English. It was reported to be in good repair in the early 17th century, but now in ruins, all that remains is the gatehouse and adjacent towers.

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