Castles & Forts in North Wales
North Wales castles and forts are some of the finest in the world.
Spend hours exploring the ramparts, turrets, halls and dungeons of these stone goliaths and yet more hours learning about their history. No two castles are alike. Conwy is defensive, Caernarfon more ceremonial. Beaumaris is regarded as the most sophisticated in medieval history, yet it never saw action.
Ready to explore behind the portcullis? Then lower the drawbridge and let's go!
The most well-known castles in Wales were built or remodelled by Edward I as part of his "Ring of Steel" to keep the Welsh in line. They're found all along the coast, from Flint to Rhuddlan, Conwy to Caernarfon, and Criccieth to Harlech. Yet there are castles in Wales, too, including Ewloe and Dinas Bran in the east, and Dolbadarn and Dolwyddelan in Snowdonia. Most North Wales castles and forts are in the care of Cadw and make for a fascinating visit.
In Conwy and Caernarfon you can extend a castle visit to walk and explore town walls. Conwy's walls are the longest and most complete set in Europe. The wall walk will provide you with some spectabular views of the town. If you want to learn even more about the history, the audio tour is a must.
If you want go back in time even further, we have awe-inspiring examples of Iron Age hillforts too. You'll find some in the Clwydian Hills, most famously above Llangollen at Dinas Bran and Moel Arthur. In the west, Tre'r Ceiri Hillfort is one of the best preserved and most densely populated forts in the UK. Take a deep breath, though - it's a 400 metre climb to reach it!
Castles in North Wales are some of the best preserved and most diverse you'll find. Discover them with our listings below.
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