Conwy Castle is perched on a narrow rocky outcrop overlooking the river. and throws out a ring of ancient town walls which still effectively encircle the central core of Conwy town. Described as one of the best medieval walled towns in Europe!
King Edward 1st intended this castle to be a royal residence and seat of government for north Wales. In 1969, the castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for the investiture of HRH Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.
The last and largest of the castles to be built by Edward 1st in Wales and rated as the most impressive examples of medieval military architecture in Britain with the ultimate “concentric” design.
Harlech Castle is part of an “iron ring” of castles surrounding the coastal fringes of Snowdonia. After seven centuries it remains a testament to a military architect of genius, Master James of St. George.
Perched on a headland with the sea as its constant bedfellow. Its twin-towered gatehouse intimidates prospective attackers. So badly did the native Welsh princes and English monarchs want it, that it changed hands more often than a relay baton.
For centuries, Rhuddlan had been a fiercely contested strategic location leading to much bloodshed. Edward 1st muscle power triumphed long enough to build a muscle-bound symmetrical castle, showcasing the latest in ‘walls-within-walls’ design.
Dolwyddelan Castle and Snowdonia were made for each other. Thank the Prince of Gwynedd in North Wales, Llewellyn Fawr (Llewellyn the Great). Dolwyddelan, formed a collection of strategically important mountain.
One of the seven wonders of Wales, Denbigh’s triple-towered great gatehouse is sited on a crowning a steep hill above the town. Edward I’s successful 13th-century campaign in the region was cemented by the creation of an English borough in Denbigh.
A spectacular location at the foot of Mount Snowdon guarding the mountain pass. Probably built by the Welsh Prince, Llewellyn (‘the Great’) early in the thirteenth century. The castle is dominated by a massive round-towered keep, still standing up to 50 feet high.
A hidden gem, Gwydir Castle is a fine example of a Tudor courtyard house, incorporating re-used medieval material from the dissolved Abbey of Maenan. The important 1640s panelled Dining Room has now been reinstated, following its repatriation from the New York Metropolitan Museum.