There’s nothing like a good castle to get me excited about traveling. Which is perfect, because my great British road trip has put me in the way of a lot of them. And they happen to be in Wales. So today I want to share with you 7 castles in Wales that have won me over on my journey.
Castles in Wales
From north to south, this part of Britain is littered with fortresses. Some old, some new, and some over-the-top, they’re all magical in their own way.
1. Denbigh Castle
As my boyfriend and I drive into Wales, the first castle we come across is the one in Denbigh. The ruins of the town’s hilltop defenses dominate the skyline. As we climb up, over, and around them we’re awed by the history and the views over the surrounding area.
2. Penrhyn Castle
Next up is Penrhyn Castle. Built in the 19th century, it’s a Victorian fantasy on the coast. From towers and turrets to gardens and museums, this place is packed with things to explore.
3. Caernarfon Castle
From Penrhyn we make our way to our next castle in Wales: Caernarfon Castle. This impressive fortress has layers of history, and is the site where Prince Charles was crowed Prince of Wales. There are plenty of towers to climb here, each with a sweeping view over the town and waterfront.
4. Powis Castle
Our road trip takes us to Powis Castle next. Sitting on a hill above extraordinary sculpted yew trees and colorful gardens, the castle is straight out of a fairy tale.
The interiors feature sumptuous decor from ages past, and the whole place has an enchanted feel.
5. Castell Coch
Down south, Castell Coch beckons. It’s impressive from the outside, but the inside is what really awes. Designed by architect William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute, the 19th-century Gothic Revival interiors are nothing short of jaw-dropping.
6. Cardiff Castle
Just south of Castell Coch lies Cardiff Castle. Another William Burgess creation, it’s just as amazing as its northern neighbor. With golden ceilings and bejeweled furnishings, the interiors are a testament to the 3rd Marquess of Bute’s wealth and status.
7. Raglan Castle
Our last castle in Wales is Raglan Castle. We get our timing wrong and arrive after it closes, but we still enjoy the views of the exterior. They’re impressive enough to make us want to return, which is good because after all the castles we’ve seen on our trip we’re eager for an excuse to come back and see more.
How about you? What are your favorite castles in Wales?