Exploring Castles in Wales

You have decided to take a holiday in Wales and are wondering what are some fun things to do while you are in the country.  Wales sees more than 8 million tourists every year; it has the perfect combination of things to do outdoors and a rich history to explore.  One of the fun ways to explore the history of Wales is to tour the castles that are scattered throughout the country.  If you want to go exploring castles in Wales then here are some must-see destinations.

Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle is a popular destination for tourists that come to look at castles.  It is a great place to take the whole family to learn about the history of the area.  This is one of the most significant medieval fortresses in all of the UK and the local authority stages events throughout the year to encourage tourism.  If you can schedule it, then you need to check out the annual Big Cheese Festival.  Come on the weekends and bring the whole family to explore the castle grounds.

Crow Castle

If you are a fan of the Da Vinci Code, then you will want to come and explore Castell Dinas Bran (Crow Castle).  The castle sits on a hilltop overlooking the town of Llangollen, and it is believed by many that the Holy Grail is hidden inside Crow Castle.

Powis Castle

Powis Castle is another medieval castle you will want to check out.  Built more than 800 years ago, it is one of the few castles built by the Welsh rather than by the English to keep the Welsh in line.  Today it stands as a combination of the castle, stately home, and tourist destination.  The castle has undergone some changes throughout its lifetime, and today most people visit the castle to see the lush landscaping and exotic plants rather than a fortress for past wars.

Beaumaris Castle

While Powis Castle may be known for its beauty, Beaumaris Castle has a much different history.  You can still find some incredible views here of the Welsh countryside this castle was built for war.  It has an extensive armory and defenders of the castle used to drop boiling oil onto invaders that came near the castle walls.  Despite its violent past, this is still one of the most visited tourist destinations in all of Wales.

The British Isles have a long and rich history and if you want to explore and experience it for yourself then take a tour of some of the local castles throughout Wales and step back in time to what life was like in the medieval period.