Castles near to The Wildings Hotel in Llandudno
Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of Wales’s many castles standing at the mouth of the Seiont river, the fortress dominates the walled town also founded by Edward. Caernarfon’s symbolic status was emphasized when Edward made sure that his son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284. In 1969, the castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.
Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 2AY, Tel: 01286 677617
Conwy is by any standards one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe.” Conwy is probably the most impressive of all the Welsh castles. Designed by Edward I’s master castle builder James of St. George.
The castle dominates the entrance to Conwy, immediately conveying its sense of strength and compactness to the observer. The eight great towers and connecting walls are all intact, forming a rectangle as opposed to the concentric layouts of Edward’s other castles in Wales. Almost all of the castle is accessible and well preserved. Journeying to the top of any of the towers offers the visitor spectacular views of the town, surrounding coastline and countryside. Sailboats and other pleasure-craft dot the picturesque harbor and quay next to the castle, while flocks of sheep roam the nearby hills.
Conwy Castle, Conwy, LL32 8AY, Tel: 01492 592358
Beaumaris Castle on the Island of Anglesey is the great unfinished masterpiece. It was built as one of the ‘iron ring’ of North Wales castles by the English monarch Edward I, to stamp his authority on the Welsh. But it was never finished money and supplies ran out before the fortifications reached their full height.
Beaumaris is nonetheless an awesome sight, regarded by many as the finest of all the great Edwardian castles in Wales. Begun in 1295, it was also the last. The king’s military architect, the brilliant James of St George, brought all his experience and inspiration to bear when building this castle, the biggest and most ambitious venture he ever undertook.
In pure architectural terms Beaumaris, the most technically perfect castle in Britain, has few equals. Its ingenious and perfectly symmetrical concentric ‘walls within walls’ design, involving no less than four successive lines of fortifications, was state of the art for the late 13th century. Anglesey is just across the water from Llandudno and only a few minutes drive.
Beaumaris Castle, Beaumaris, Anglesey, LL58 8AP, Tel: 01248 810361
If you want to explore castles then you don’t have to go far – there’s a castle around every corner! Most were built in the 1200’s with the reign of King Edward I.