Incredible castles in Wales that are a must see as a family
Wales is a country that's shrouded in a magical and mythical history. From dragons and wizards to King Arthur and the Holy Grail, there is so much to excite the children about visiting wales. With all the dragons to protect the kingdom from, Wales has loads of castles to explore, and you never know you may find a hidden dragon egg. Dress your kids in their best Knight outfits and explore these magnificent ruins.
The 15th century Raglan Castle can be found just inside the Welsh border not too far from Newport. It was built to impress as well as intimidate and was home to 800 soldiers in its heyday. Described as the grandest castle ever built by a Welshman, you can’t miss this magnificent building. All the information signs around the castle have been written with kids in mind.
Steeped in history, Caldicot Castle was founded by the Normans and used as a fortress throughout the Middle Ages. It was lovingly restored by the Victorians into the mansion you can visit today. Free parking and free entry make this castle a must see. Travel through time as you wander through the castle and marvel at the 12 pounder cannon in the courtyard. It’s rumoured that it has a few spooky residents – maybe you’ll spot one as you explore.
Caerphilly Castle is the largest castle in Wales and second largest in the UK. Surrounded by a moat, this English-built 13th century castle looks like it’s floating and will make any child smile as they cross over the bridge and under the portcullis. Home to Wales’ very own Leaning Tower of Pisa, the south-east tower leans at a very precarious angle, but don’t worry it’s safe.
Laugharne Castle was beloved by the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas who lived here for a time in the 1930’s. This 13th century castle was left to ruin after centuries of conflict between the Anglo-Normans and the Welsh. It was rescued in the 16th century by Sir John Perrot and transformed into a mansion fit for a king. It now lies once again in ruins but this magical castle, steeped in history is well worth a visit.
Dinefwr is so much more than a castle. Run by the National Trust you’ll find not only the ruins of this 12th-century castle, but a stunning mid-17th century house, medieval deer park and the remains of two Roman forts. Plenty to keep both your little ancient and medieval historians happy.