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Top Castles in Wales

By Viator, February 2018

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With over 600 castles crammed into such a tiny country, Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in the world and dozens of medieval fortresses can be found dotted throughout the countryside surrounding Cardiff.

Perched on a grassy mound in the heart of the historic city, Cardiff Castle is the country’s flagship fortress, a 2,000-year-old Roman fort transformed into a grand Victorian manor by the prestigious Bute Family. One of Wales’ most important heritage sites, the castle features the interior masterwork of eccentric architect William Burges, exquisite gardens and a series of underground tunnels, used as air raid shelters during WWII.

St Fagan’s Castle is another important tourist attraction, now home to the vast open-air St Fagans National History Museum, devoted to chronicling the historic culture and lifestyles of the Welsh people.  Also within the city boundaries are the motte and bailey of the 11th century Norman Twmpath Castle and the Grade I listed ruins of Llandaff Bishop’s Palace.

Just north of Cardiff, the elegant Castell Coch is another William Burges designed fairytale castle, also owned by the Bute family, and the 13th century Caerphilly Castle is largely regarded as one of the world’s greatest surviving medieval castles, once hosting King Edward II among its many noble guests. Heading further east, the remains of the 14th century Newport Castle and nearby Caerleon Castle merely hint at their former glory. 

It’s not only touring the castles that draws visitors - traditional Welsh medieval banquets are also held at Cardiff Castle and Caldicot Castle (around 40 minutes drive outside of the capital), and a few hours north, the Royal Ruthin Castle now houses a luxury hotel.

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Best of England and Wales 9 day (Small Group) tour from London, London, null
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Best of England and Wales 9 day (Small Group) tour from London

See the very best that England and Wales have to offer on a tour that showcases the beauty of the country's natural wonders and the majesty of the many ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

From USD $1,361.79
5-Day Heart of England Tour from London: North Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon, Buxton and York, London, ... 
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5-Day Heart of England Tour from London: North Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon, Buxton and York

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Escape busy London on a 5-day small-group tour to North Wales and the heart of England! Visit Stratford-upon-Avon to trace the footsteps of William ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $711.56
Cardiff Day Trip from London, London, Multi-day Tours
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Cardiff Day Trip from London

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This tour takes you to the capital city of Wales, Cardiff for a full day of exploring. This trip includes a sightseeing tour with a local guide, entrance to ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $81.28
Doctor Who Cardiff City Walking Tour, Cardiff, Day Trips
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Doctor Who Cardiff City Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Two hour guided walking tour of more than 30 memorable Doctor Who filming locations in Cardiff City Centre featured in the show since 2005.

Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $21.39
3-Day North Wales Group Tour: Castles of Edward I, Caernarfon, Walking Tours
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3-Day North Wales Group Tour: Castles of Edward I

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society Dr Marc Morris, weaves the fascinating story of these remarkable castles and the personalities that forged them. Edward ...  Read more

Location: Caernarfon, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $1,425.96
Snowdonia Scenes and Caernarfon Castle Private Day Trip from Holyhead, Holyhead, Multi-day Tours
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Snowdonia Scenes and Caernarfon Castle Private Day Trip from Holyhead

Tread in the footsteps of legends on this driver-guided day trip of Snowdonia - filled with mountains, castles and legends - with hotel transport from ...  Read more

Location: Holyhead, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $755.76
Snowdonia Scenes and Caernarfon Castle Private Day Trip from Llandudno, Llandudno, Day Trips
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Snowdonia Scenes and Caernarfon Castle Private Day Trip from Llandudno

A day of mountains, castles and legends! The wild mountains of Snowdonia offer astonishing contrasts within a short distance on this private driver-guided day ...  Read more

Location: Llandudno, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Snowdonia Scenes and Caernarfon Castle Private Day Trip from Caernarfon, Caernarfon, Private ... 
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Snowdonia Scenes and Caernarfon Castle Private Day Trip from Caernarfon

Enjoy a day of mountains, castles and legends on this driver-guided day trip through the landscapes of Snowdonia with hotel transport from Caernarfon. The wild ...  Read more

Location: Caernarfon, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $755.76
Snowdonia Scenes and Caernarfon Castle Private Day Trip from Bangor, Bangor, Day Trips
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Snowdonia Scenes and Caernarfon Castle Private Day Trip from Bangor

Enjoy a day of mountains, castles and legends on this driver-guided day trip through the landscapes of Snowdonia with hotel transport Bangor. The wild ...  Read more

Location: Bangor, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $755.76
Private South Wales Day Trip from Bath, Bath, Day Trips
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Private South Wales Day Trip from Bath

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Hop over the River Severn and cross the border from England into Wales with a full-day tour from Bath that takes in several of South Wales's top attractions. ...  Read more

Location: Bath, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $420.66

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