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Vote here for your favorite Welsh castles. Results will be posted below. Choose as many castles as you like and include comments if you feel so inclined. Follow this link to view the most recent results of the poll.

 


Ken Faame

  1. Pulyn-Y-Aleg castle, because I met my wife on a tour there in 2004.
  2. Rhuddlan castle, Majestic!
  3. Conwy, very impressive engineering


John Hewitt

  1. Conwy - Visited first time 20 years ago with my girlfriend and visited everytime there after with the same lady.
  2. Harlech - Fine veiws and Vikings fighting a battle on a wet summers day
  3. Dolwyddelan - Has a majestic position and I like the name
  4. Caerphilly - Amazing site
  5. Cardiff Castle - For its fantasy


Andrew Holt

  1. Caernarfon. Hard to argue against its scale, majesty, construction and historical importance.
  2. Dolbardarn. Its location gives a real sense of the past, atmospheric and commanding despite its smaller size
  3. Harlech. Beautifully constructed from bare rock, seems to be of the land, despite withdrawal of the sea through the years, still impressive.
  4. Rhuddlan. Beautiful location, romantic. Historically pivotal.


John Hauser


John Thorne


Michael Tart

  1. Tretower Court, because I want to live in it!
  2. Castle Dinas Bran, Apart from the stunning views, when you stand on it's hill, you can really believe that the Holy Grail was actually there, there's definately something magical about it. The drive to it is spectacular as well, you can't help but look and wonder at it.
  3. Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre, ok, it's not a castle, but when you stand inside the arena, you can almost feel the atmosphere and excitement that must have been there nearly 2000 years ago.
  4. White Castle, I visited there on a summers afternoon, and spent ages watching the Dragonflies skimming across the moat. It's so peaceful it seems the world has forgotten about it.
  5. Clun Castle, The 1st castle me and my MGB visited together, and the 1st place we go when the weather's warm enough to sit outside and have an ice-cream.

Andrew Mcpherson


Matthew Baumgartner

  1. Harlech - most impressive castle in Britain, brilliant site, magnificent achievement
  2. Beaumaris - Perfect. Hope it is safe to go inside when I go back this June.
  3. Conwy - Wonderfully preserved, another engineering marvel
  4. Dolwyddellan - Evocative location
  5. Caernarfon - Another place I need to go back to.

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Tim Hovezak

  1. Beaumaris- wonderfully, beautiful, and strong. visited it twice
  2. Conwy- a close second to Beaumaris, excellently preserved
  3. Harlech- close to the other two, unfortunately i visited it during a nasty gale. on the other hand it made it very dramatic.
  4. Caerphilly- amazing, very odd design. had lunch in the great hall
  5. Caernarfon- magnificent, i spent very little time here and i wish i had spent more

Andrew Smith


RadSavij


Melanie & Barbara


Andrew Webb


Neil Winston


Phillip Williams


Joel Rudman

  1. HARLECH- Are you kidding? What a commanding presence over the entire landscape!
  2. RAGLAN- A hidden jewel in south Wales. Not easy to get to, but worth the trip.
  3. CHEPSTOW- On the list for its sheer size, as well as its strategic location on the Wye.
  4. CAERNARFON- Large and impressive. Could spend the whole day here.
  5. (tie) CAERPHILLY (for its leaning tower) and CRICCIETH (for its awesome view)

Pamela R. Logsdon

  1. Dinas Powys - Though this castle is certainly not of impressive size, and is rapidly falling into overgrowth and decay, it ranks as my number one, mainly for sentimental reasons. When I was a teen I lived for a while in Dinas Powys, just down the hill from the castle ruins. I used to take my younger siblings and the dog and we'd set out for an adventure at the castle. We would picnic and play in the shadow of the walls there. It had a nice path, but other than that it was pretty much left alone.
  2. Cardiff Castle - Again, this is mostly for sentimental reasons. The old keep affords a wonderful view of Cardiff City, Bute Park, and on a clear day - Penarth Head, and it is the place where my ex-fiance proposed to me.
  3. Castle Coch - The romantic fancy of the Third Marquess of Bute in building the current castle touches some romantic urgings deep down inside. I mean, don't we all yearn for a simpler, yet more elegant time?

Don Mulford


Tara Bowen


Paul Remfry


Kate ONeill


Tom Roby

  1. Conwy- impressive for many reasons: location, surrounding town walls, historic significance.
  2. Caerphilly- battlements, leaning tower, siege weapons, sheer size
  3. Beaumaris- great example of concentric castle, ambience with moat, great displays
  4. Caernarvon- defensive innovations, historic significance, exhibits
  5. Chepstow- interesting design, exhibits, proximity to Tintern

M. Duncan


Janet Reedman


Susanne


Yana Childs


Lady Janine Foster
Michael Smith

I'd split my choice between "Welsh" and "English" sites:

Welsh

  1. Castell-y-Bere - a little bit of Peru in Wales
  2. Dolbadarn - gaunt and impressive on the valley side
  3. Castell Dinas Bran - mysterious, looming and one heck of a climb
  4. Dinefwr - a beautiful early morning woodland walk rewards you with awonderfully preserved Welsh monument
  5. Cricieth - as someone else has said, buy an ice cream at Cadwalader first

English

  1. Skenfrith - the green stonework, the simplicity of the ruins and the verdant valley setting make this castle simply exquisite. Best approached along a winding "C" road and enjoyed with a pint. Church also worth a visit
  2. Rhuddlan - elegant and reposed on a summer's afternoon
  3. Kidwelly - the state of preservation combined with the riverside setting make it a real winner
  4. Conwy - I'd say it ranks above Caernarfon as James of St George's masterpiece
  5. Holt - because I cycled 30 miles to get there when I was 17 only to be rewarded by a lump of rock and a few bits of ashlar.

All time favourite: Skenfrith


Stephanie
Kay Bowen
Sue Spreadbury
Bob Talbot
CarSco97@aol.com
wagster
Geraint Jones
Phyllis Cadmus
Henry Powell
Van Lokeren BVBA
Alison Walpole
Wendy D De Cora
William A. Collins
Sheldon and Claire Stevens, Stoke-on-Trent
Lady Lynn Kenser
NKeyworth
Elizabeth L. Wilde
Frank & Kristin Linchester
  1. Conwy Castle- The best ruined castle. The medieval city of Conwy with it's stone walls hosts this exquisite Edwardian castle. As for the town itself, the cobblestone walks, the quaint shops, and the Conwy bay make for the best city in the U.K.

  2. Raglan- a beautiful edifice. The moat adds charm to this hulking ruined castle. The turrets are amazing with the geometry. I enjoyed this castles beauty so much, I had one of my panoramic pictures enlarged, framed, and hung in my living room.

  3. Beaumaris Castle- the architecture and setting make this a delightful and magical place. Again, a ruined castle.

  4. Cardiff Castle- Unless you have visited the inside, you know not of the jewels that lay inside. Each room is exquisitely rendered. Words can not describe the detail and the beauty of this castle.

  5. Powis Castle- Again, another castle that has excellent craftsmanship and fine arts. The castle grounds/gardens are one of the best in Europe.

  6. Gwydir Castle- A country-home type castle under renovation. This castle is suppose to be very haunted. Definitely worth checking out. Their grounds are quite nice. They have one tree that is as old as the early kings of England.

  7. Ruthin Castle- Only a tad bit remains, but the rebuilt Castle is an excellent place to spend the weekend. The castle has given me one of the best dinners I have ever eaten. The view is quite splendid since the Castle is perched on a high hill.

Dr J David Davies
Robert Setchell
Susan Schumacher-James
"Give me the Welsh castles over the English anyday! I can see the English anywhere but only in Wales can I see the distinctive Welsh design."
  1. Castell Y Bere - beautiful countryside!
  2. Dolbadarn
  3. Dolwyddelan

Leslie D. Crosby
John Carignan
Andres Lozano
  1. Conwy Castle: Its walls and towers are in a excellent condition. It looks as well from the outside as it looks from the inside.
  2. Caernarfon: The perfect example of a Courtyard castle. I consider it the greatest and most perfect work of James of St. George. Its towers are very original, they have many levels, in its times it should had offered its defenders to fire from many levels. Edward I probably felt very proud of this castle.
  3. Beaumaris: The size of its inner wall round-shapped towers amaze me. With a moat, two walls, inner wall of 16 ft (5 m) thick, and round towers; this concentric castle was probably imppossible to conquer.

Rick Garner
Doug Thompson
  1. Carreg Cennen The location took my breath away and turned my legs to jelly! The gallery to the cave is unforgettable and unique.
  2. Dinefwr The setting in Dinefwr Park and the staggering views across the Towy valley have persuaded me to return in the hope that the castle will be open to the public.
  3. Pennard Although little remains and the golfers get stroppy the approach to the castle along the cliff and its coastal setting make it one of the best.
  4. Whitecastle (Llantilio) This castle evokes a tremendous sense of power and dominance over the landscape and tells me exactly what a medieval castle was for.
  5. Skenfrith This castle seems to nestle in its beautiful little village. The moat and water gate give it a special tranquillity.

Debra from Canada
Andy Knight
Peyton O. Abbott
Rodger G. Schweibenz
Peter R. Glessman
  1. Conway: A classic castle. Edward must have been proud.
  2. Beaumaris: A great concentric example. You really feel like you've visited the middle ages.
  3. Caernarfon Castle. You could get lost here for hours, and enjoy it. I did.

Daniel Mersey
  1. Dolforwyn - obviously for me it has many special memories, but I also recommend it to anyone wishing to see excavation of a castle in progress(July only).  The courtyard is confusing to try to understand - there seems to be several levels - but that's half the fun!
  2. Castell-y-Bere - Putting the atmosphere aside, Castell-y-Bere is interesting for the multi-phase construction, and the strong gate house. The reconstruction of it makes it look extremely impressive.
  3. Clun - for the most part, Clun is forgotten in comparison to some of the other marcher castles.  The motte-side keep is impressive, as are the remains of the two baileys - even if one is now a bowling green.
  4. Dryslwyn (I can never spell it!) - now that the excavation is complete and the presentation boards are up, this site is one that should be visited.  The town site is interesting, and there is irony in the fact that a Victorian folly is built on a hill opposite.
  5. Stokesay - Stokesay has to be the best fortified manor house in the marches.  Very picturesque, but also educational due to it's excellent state of survival.

Ernest Adams
Ken Harkness
Lynne Hughes Fox
  1. Conwy, situated a mere three miles from the village where I grew up, is very dear to my heart. It would have been like something out of a fairytale once upon a time, with it's limewashed walls and imposing towers. The native Cymry would probably have disagreed with this notion back then mind you! It's setting is quite dramatic, a photographers' dream. For that alone it has some distinction compared to other castles in Wales, even in much of Europe. The walls around the town are not only well preserved, but act in the same way that the Bow Bells in London do for Cockney's. If you're born within Conwy town walls, you're forever known as a "Jackdaw" (Jac-Y-Do in Welsh)! Why this is, I'm not sure... but intend to find out.
  2. Chirk, as my godmother's father worked in the grounds when he was a younger man. It's also a beautiful building with several well furnished, elegant rooms open to the public. The gardens are exceptional.
  3. Harlech, simply because it's hauntingly beautiful, overlooking the open expanse of heath that has since been reclaimed from the sea.
  4. Pretty Castell Coch.

MaryMc
Kristie Trapp
Dawn Evans
Norman Cooper
Chris Davis
John B. Barnthouse
Peter Griffith
Geoffrey Williams
The Ellis Family
Jacqueline
Corey Siddall
Nick Herman
Larry Kuretich
John D. Lewandowski
David Boyd
Joe Codispoti
Neil Thomas
J. Leighninger
Robert Dafydd Cadwalader
David Monks
Julie Freeman
Gareth Hayes
Ian Mortimer
Mike and Linda Giannone
  1. "Had to be Conwy - combo of construction, location, and the town.
  2. Castell y Bere. Sure, there isn't much left, but location, location, location (and what are imaginations for?).
  3. Harlech - once again, use your mind to erase the 1/2 mile of dune and see the waves break at the foot of the sea gate!
  4. Same goes for Beaumaris - the symmetry is very appealing.
  5. It would be hard to ignore Caernarfon (but it's a bit TOO perfect).
  6. and then there's Criccieth, Dolwyddelan, Denbigh, etc. etc. etc."

Laveen Gang
Ashley Taylor
Les Butler
Gene Hayes
Maureen Winn
Bob Stewart
Rachel Krubsack
Jason Asbell
Joseph Heck
Kerri Simpson
Martha K. John
Carol Baldridge
J. Knezovich
Kim Isabel
Jeff Herzer
  1. My favorites in descending order:

  2. Conwy - Castle, walls, town, & mountains combine to form an incredible scene. A joy to photograph. Also impressive is the drive across the bridge into town, when the road curls tightly around the base of the castle. Mossy rocks and massive walls loom directly overhead.
  3. Caernarfon - My #1 until I visited Conwy. The whole castle is wonderfully accessible, and there is the historic tradition with the Prince of Wales.
  4. Dolbadarn - It almost seems a natural outgrowth of the rock upon which it sits. The approach is covered with mossy rock, tree roots, and short, spongy grass (kept golf-green short by the local sheep).
  5. Harlech - Dizzying heights and a commanding view.
  6. Rhuddlan - a sentimental favorite, my first castle on my first trip to Wales in '82.

John Isitt
Liz Cox
James Bond
Tom Watson
Jan Kohl
Rob Woodfine
Paul Davies
Leon Reed
Brenda & Becky
Janet Zemel
Julia Chandler
Jack Cruise
  1. "Beaumaris because of its location and condition.
  2. Conwy because of the Telford bridge.
  3. Harlech because that is what a castle is supposed to look like
  4. Castle Carreg because it is Welsh."

Jane Power
David Steverson
Mark Prichard
Peter J. Smith
Elli & Ruth Hillinger
Brian McGrath
  1. BEAUMARIS: It is impossible to storm.
  2. FLINT: This is my personal favourite. It has a feeling of quiet security.
  3. DENBIGH: The best of the privately built ones.
  4. CAERGWRLE: It is quite peaceful.
  5. CONWY: I am always amused how the Tewdwr's captured the Castle on All Fool's Day 1401 - A classic case of how the mighty fell."

Mason Flint
Daryl Cook
Laura Morgan
Tom Hennigan
Mitchell Holman
Allynn Wilkinson
Mark Tatom
Billy Cobb
Leighton Jenkins
Andrew Bell
Chris James
Mark
Richard W Cox
Matthew Rhys-Roberts
Estelle Bollinger
Shain Hampton
Ceri Morgan
Joanne Price
Eric Williams
Eric J. Arts
  1. Dolbadarn Castle near Llanberis. After exiting the town, I immediately spotted its turret across the lake nestled in the valley. My friends thought nothing of it but I made the long trek along the lake shore to stand amongst its ruins and tried to picture its past grandeur.
  2. Beumaris Castle on Anglesey. A well preserved gem with immense walls and short turrets. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of Snowdonia. I suggest seeing it at low tide during sunset.
  3. Conwy Castle. I am sure that King Edward's men had no problem imposing their rule over the town of Conwy. Propped up on a rock, the imposing castle can be seen from anywhere in town. Likewise, the view of the bay and the town from the castle is impressive.
  4. Caernarfon Castle. Last but not least by any measure. This is the best preserved castle in North Wales from King Edward's rule. I remember that I had to ride my bike across an inlet nearly 1 mile from the castle to get it all into a picture. Unfortunately, in the summer, it can be the biggest tourist trap.
  5. Notable mention: Harlech castle but I've only seen it from afar.

Theresa Stimson
  1. Conwy: Such might! It seems to have thrust up, out of the very rock of its foundation!
  2. Beaumaris: To have a medieval fortress possess such grace...it is simply breathtaking! I can only imagine its beauty upon completion...
  3. Harlech: Magnificent! A salute to the brilliance of Master James of St. George...
  4. Chepstow: Because this was the first castle that I saw in Wales...its image will be with me forever!
  5. Kidwelly: Remarkably well-preserved, with a covered tower complete with stone vaults and floors, and a lovely chapel...
  6. Caerphilly: A mighty military fortress, with line after line of defense...
  7. Dinas Bran: Sitting within the stone ruins atop the 1,000 foot high site, with the wind whistling, and not a sound from the vast green valleys below...it was as if we were impregnable!
  8. Carreg Cennen: Spectacular site! And don't forget the cliffside passage to the darkness of the cave below...
  9. Tintern Abbey: Not a castle, but deserving of special mention...for God's presence is truly felt, and the voices of the monks raised in His tribute can be heard in the whispers of the wind...

Sean Rawlins
  1. Caernarfon - the most well preserved.
  2. Conwy - set in a key position on the river
  3. Rhuddlan - it would've still been nice if they hadn't blasted it all away!

Todd & Michelle Kohlbush
  1. Chepstow over the River Wye
  2. Castell Coch & Cardiff Castle (not real, but gorgeous!)
  3. Carreg Cennan (cool passage & view of cliff & limestone cavern, but bring or hire a torch!)
  4. Pembroke Castle (fascinating Norman keep & storage cavern)
  5. Powis Castle (interesting red stone & lovely gardens)
  6. Harlech Castle (liked the curved Great Hall - pretty setting)
  7. Conwy Castle (great castle, with town walls)
  8. Caernarfon Castle (great setting, but restored castles aren't as interesting)
  9. Beaumaris (really great setting)

Samantha and Lois
Stefan Kelm
Jeff Thomas


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