Top Royal Tourist Attractions in Wales

Wales has an idyllic coastline and is dotted about with castles and its connection with royalty is fascinating.

Caernarvon Castle

Caernarvon Castle in Wales Caernarvon Castle in Wales

One of the most famous and impressive castles in Wales is Caernarvon Castle. (Or Caernarfon in Welsh) It is situated 8 miles south of Bangor, on the south of the Menai Strait. The castle was preceded by a Roman fort then became a Norman motte and bailey built by Hugh of Avranches from 1090 onwards. Edward I invaded Wales and took the castle in 1283 and rebuilt it to reflect his own taste, but keeping the original motte.

Many sieges over the years took its toll and the castle fell into disrepair, but it was thankfully restored to its former glory in the late 19th century. It became the place of two investitures, first the Investiture of Prince Edward, who later became Edward VIII, took place here in 1911.

Prince Charles was also invested with the title of Prince of Wales at a formal ceremony on 30 June 1969. What better place for an investiture of the new Prince of Wales? The castle is open for visitors and there are exhibitions and displays which add to the interest of the castle.

Carmarthen Castle

Carmarthen Castle sits on a rocky outcrop above the medieval town. It dates from the early 12th century. Previously an earlier built castle nearby had been under roman rule, but Carmarthen itself is a Norman castle, attacked by the English during the struggles of the 12th and 13th centuries. It was strengthened and rebuilt by William Marshall the younger, the Earl of Pembroke, who captured the castle in 1233. Even in its ruined state it is an impressive building well worth a visit.

Harlech Castle

Classed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Harlech Castle is classed as one of the finest examples of military architecture of that time in Europe. Located in Gwynedd, it sits majestically on a rock next to the Irish Sea. Edward I built the fortification in the late 13th century. Local stone was used for this castle which is concentric in design. It withstood a siege by Madog ap Llywelyn in 1294, but it fell to Owain Glyndŵr when he took the castle in 1404. He held it until 1409, when it was recaptured by English forces. The castle played a big part in the 15th century Wars of the Roses. The castle is ruined, but still looks very impressive with its massive gatehouse and is a great tourist attraction.

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