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.

Before you visit

We have reopened most of our gardens and parklands in Wales and we are beginning to reopen some of some indoor spaces. We recommend you book your visit in advance, especially at busy times such as weekends. Please note that some of our places may still be closed. Make sure to check the property page to see if it's open and to book your visit.

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.