Wales is often referred to as “Land of Castles,” and for good reason. Many of Europe’s surviving castles and castle ruins dating back to the Middle Ages are found in the ruggedly beautiful western region of Great Britain. Each fortress owns a piece of the rich and complicated history of Wales–a history hallmarked with battles, alliances and the never-ending quest for Welsh independence.
There are more castles per square mile in Wales than anywhere else in Europe. They owe their storybook appearance to King Edward I who built them as a way to fortify his conquests of lands there. His castles are characterized by three concentric rings of walls and towers with the middle kept open as a courtyard. Friends and foes entered the military-style buildings by drawbridges over moats.
Many Welsh attractions including castle tours are suspended until 2021, but don’t let that stop you from planning for next year. Here are 15 of the best castles in Wales that will enchant your future travels.