As part of the whole 'attempting to visit every castle in the United Kingdom' challenge, we will of course be visiting castles located in Wales. This is where, to date, we have visited the most castles and probably where my love of castles and history began as I used to visit North Wales every year with my family and I would usually visit some of the castles.

Again, we have separated out the castles into counties and will not be including castles that are privately owned (due to access issues - ain't nobody want to get done for trespassing), anything where there is absolutely nothing to see and anything that is a wedding venue, hotel (unless we think yeah that would be decent to visit to be fair), or owned by a University (and cannot visit it). 

I am most excited about the castles in Wales, because it is the only Country I think we will genuinely be able to visit ALL of the castles. Ok, maybe not all of them but I do think we will get very very close. 

The Castles

Bridgend

Candleston Castle (Ruined)

Coity Castle (Ruined)

Kenfig Castle (Fragmentary remains)

Llangynwyd (Fragmentary remains)

Newcastle (Ruined)


Caerphilly

Caerphilly Castle (Ruined with partial restoration)

Morgraig Castle (Fragmentary remains)

Ruperra Motte (Ruined with partial restoration)


Cardiff

Cardiff Castle (Ruined with partial restoration)

Castell Coch (Intact)

St Fagans Castle (Ruined)

Bishops Palace (Ruined)


Carmarthenshire

Carmarthen Castle (Ruined)

Carreg Cennen Castle (Ruined)

Dinefwr Castle (Ruined)

Dryslwyn Castle (Ruined)

Kidwelly Castle (Ruined)

Laugharne Castle (Ruined)

Llandovery Castle (Ruined)

Llansteffan Castle (Ruined)

Castell Moel (Fragmentary remains)

Newcastle Emlyn Castle (Fragmentary remains)


Ceredigion 

Aberystwyth Castle (Ruined)

Cardigan Castle (Ruined)


Conwy

Conwy Castle (Ruined with partial reconstruction)

Deganwy Castle (Earthworks remain)

Dolwyddelan Castle (Partially ruinous)

Gwyrych Castle (Ruined - currently being restored)


Denbighshire

Denbigh Castle (Fragmentary remains)

Dinas Bran (Ruined)

Rhuddlan Castle (Fragmentary remains)

Ruthin Castle (Ruined)


Flintshire

Caergwrle Castle (Ruined)

Ewloe Castle (Ruined)

Flint Castle (Ruined)

Hawarden Castle (Ruined) - only open a few times a year


Gwynedd

Caernarfon Castle (partially ruined and restored) - Visited October 2021

Castell Y Bere (Ruined)

Criccieth Castle (Ruined)

Dolbadarn Castle (Ruined)

Harlech Castle (Fragmentary remains and partially restored)

Penrhyn Castle (Intact)


Isle of Anglesey

Castell Arberlleiniog (Fragmentary remains)

Beaumaris Castle (Partially intact and restored) - Visited October 2020 and was the first castle we visited together. 


Merthyr Tydfil

Cyfarthfa Castle (Intact)


Monmouthshire

Abergavenny Castle (Ruined)

Caldicot Castle (Intact)

Chepstow Castle (Fragmentary remains)

Grosmont Castle (Fragmentary remains)

Monmouth Castle (Fragmentary remains)

Raglan Castle (Intact)

Skenfrith Castle (Ruined)

Usk Castle (Ruined)

White Castle (Fragmentary remains)


Neath Port Talbot 

Neath Castle (Fragmentary remains)


Newport

Caerleon Castle (Fragmentary remains)

Newport Castle (Fragmentary remains)

Pencoed Castle (Ruined)


Pembrokeshire

Benton Castle (Fragmentary remains)

Carew Castle (Intact - partially restored)

Cilgerran Castle (Ruined)

Haverfordwest Castle (Ruined)

Llawhaden Castle (Ruined)

Manorbier Castle (Ruined)

Narbeth Castle (Ruined)

Pembroke Castle (Intact - restored)

Picton Castle (Intact)

Tenby Castle (Fragmentary ruins)


Powys

Bronllys Castle (Ruined)

Crickhowell Castle (Ruined)

Dolforwyn Castle (Ruined - footings only)

Hay Castle (Intact - restored)

Montgomery Castle (Fragmentary remains)

Powis Castle (Intact - restored)

Tretower Castle (Ruined)


Swansea

Loughor Castle (Ruined)

Oxwich Castle (Ruined)

Oystermouth Castle (Ruined)

Pennard Castle (Ruined)

Swansea Castle (Intact)

Weobley Castle (Ruined)


Vale of Glamorgan

Barry Castle (Ruined)

Ogmore Castle (Ruined)

Old Beaupre Castle (Fragmentary remains)

St Quintins Castle (Ruined)


Wrexham 

Chirk Castle (Ruined)

Holt Castle (Ruined)

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Those are the castles we will be attempting to visit in Wales as we continue with our 'visiting every castle in the UK (with caveats)' challenge. 

Castles visited so far: 2  /  87 (2 . 3% complete)

As you can see we have a long way to go yet, but we are very excited to do some more travelling and visiting of great castles and places in the UK. You can also check out the castles we will be attempting to visit in England and Scotland for more castle content and do not forget to check out our introduction page, if you have not already, for more information on our challenge! 

Until Next Time

The Castle Casanovas

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  1. This is such a comprehensive list; I love it! I really regret not visiting more places around Wales before I left the UK; I used to live fairly close by at one point to should have made use of my free time more to explore some castles! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Hi Molly, really glad you've enjoyed the list! I'm definitely hoping we can do all the castles in Wales as it is such a beautiful part of the World. Thank you so much for your comment it means a lot!

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