Quality family time is important and visiting a castle and exploring Welsh heritage makes a great day out for all of the family. Castles were built for power and to defend against an enemy during war. Most castles we see today were built after the Norman Conquest. As time moved on the construction and sophistication increased to the more elaborate ones we see around today. Please note that all castles and heritage sites are subject to government restrictions and guidelines. You may have to pre-book tickets to enter the site.
A magnificent castle steeped in welsh history. It’s the birthplace of Henry VII and home to William Marshall. Roger Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury established the castle as a timber structure in 1093. Restored in the Victorian times, members of the public can explore the heritage and history of the castle grounds.
Laugharne Castle is located in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire. Built in 1116 it’s undertook many renovations since then including becoming a Tudor fortified manor house in the sixteenth century. This castle is managed by Cadw.
Carew Castle and Tidal Mill are both located in Pembrokeshire. Carew Castle’s history dates back to over 2,000 years and holds tales of kingmakers, knights of the realm and the Civil War devastation. The castle overlooks a stunning 23-acre millpond perfect for a picnic and a history lesson!
Dryslwyn Castle was Founded in the 13th century. It was in the heart of the conflict between the English and the Welsh and in 1287 11,000 English troops were dispatched to take the Castle by force. This led onto a fortnight battle and ending in the hands of the Brisih Crown.
Titled as, ‘Pembrokeshire’s finest stately home’ this castle and it’s grounds run over 40 acres and are stunningly beautiful. Picton Castle is owned by Picton Castle Trust which was established in 1987. During your visit you can learn about Picton’s rich history, play in the new adventure playground, view the gardens or explore the jungle walkway. There’s something for everyone here!
Don’t be deceived by the name ‘Oxwich Castle’ as it’s not actually a castle, it’s a Tudor manor house. Rather than built for defence this house was built to show wealth and name. Built in the 16th century by Sir Rice Mansel and his son, Oxwich Castle towers over Oxwich Bay. This castle is managed by Cadw.
Built in the 1110-1115 by Gerald of Windsor Cilgerran Castle overlooks Teifi Gorge and was built on a cliff. Ownership over the last hundred years has changed dramatically due to the conflict between the English and the Welsh. The ruins of this castle still stand tall today and can be visited by members of the public. This castle is managed by the National Trust.
Time may have worn down Newcastle Emlyn Castle but some of the ruins can still be seen. Overlooking the beautiful River Teifi this castle was built in 1240. As many castles during the English Civil War the ownership changed however, this castle was once owned by Sir Rhys ap Thomas a friend of Henry VII.
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