Famous castles in Wales

Discover some of Wales's finest and more famous castles from the home of the Welsh Princes at Powis Castle and Dinefwr, to the Victorian extravagance of Penrhyn Castle to Chirk's English fortress.

Chirk Castle portcullis looking from the north

Chirk Castle 

A stark symbol of power, Chirk Castle was completed in 1310 during the reign of the conquering Edward I to subdue the last princes of Wales. Explore the Adam Tower, complete with its two level dungeons, medieval garderobe (toilets) and murder holes or prepare to be impressed by the stunning views from the upper floor windows, straight down the Ceiriog Valley

Visitors at Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd, North Wales

Penrhyn Castle 

Explore this enormous 19th-century neo-Norman castle which sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. You can’t help but be taken aback by the vast luxurious rooms, Gothic stairways and fine art on display. Hear tales of star-crossed lovers, sugar and slate fortunes and delve ‘below stairs’ into the Victorian kitchens.

A view of Powis Castle and terraces. Powys, Wales

Powis Castle 

High on a rock above world-famous garden terraces, you'll find Powis Castle, originally built circa 1200 as a medieval fortress. Remodelled and embellished over more than 400 years, it reflects the changing needs and ambitions of the Herbert family - each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries.

Dinefwr Castle

Dinefwr Castle

There are fabulous views from Dinefwr Castle. It was the capital of Deheubarth under Lord Rhys, a key figure in Welsh history. Discover more about Dinefwr castle and the story of the Princes of Deheubarth on the Cadw site.

Remains of where the north-west tower at Skenfrith, Monmouthshire, Wales once stood

Skenfrith Castle 

Explore the remains of an early 13th-century castle, built beside the River Monnow to command one of the main routes from England.

Cilgerran Castle overlooking River Teifi

Cilgerran Castle 

Uncover nearly 800 years of history at the 13th century Cilgerran Castle. The medieval fortress overlooks the River Teifi and is unusual in design with its two round towers.