Castles, Houses & Gardens

North Wales has some of the finest surviving medieval castles in Europe, plus a choice of stunning historic houses, museums and gardens - and even some gaols:

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn

80 acres of magnificent Garden in the beautiful Conwy Valley. Stunning collections of plants and trees from around the world with interest and colour throughout the year.

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A castle behind boats on a lake

Caernarfon Castle

One of the most impressive of Wales’ castles, Caernarfon Castle is a World Heritage Site. The castle and town of Caernarfon were constructed by King Edward I in an effort to encompass the kingdom of Gwynedd (North Wales) within a chain of fortifications.

A castle behind green bushes and trees

Chirk Castle, Chirk

A National Trust property, Chirk was completed in 1310 and is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I that is still lived in today. Features from its 700 years include the medieval tower and dungeon, 17th-century Long Gallery, grand 18th-century state apartments, servants' hall and historic laundry. Award-winning gardens and tea room.

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A medieval castle

Conwy Castle & Town Walls

A medieval fortification in Conwy built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales between 1283 and 1289. Constructed as part of a wider project to create the walled town of Conwy, the combined defences cost around £15,000, a huge sum for the period. Over the next few centuries, the castle played an important part in several wars.

A rocky beach with a castle in the distance

Criccieth Castle

Standing on a headland between two beaches, this is a prominent North Wales landmark. It is also a landmark historic site, one of those rare castles with a foot firmly in both camps and a true testament to the varying fortunes of war.

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Castle ruins on top of a hill

Dinas Bran (Crow Castle), Llangollen

Understood to translate to "Crow Castle", Dinas Bran dates back to the 12th century and is perched high above the Dee Valley and the bustling town of Llangollen - a good climb to the summit.

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View of a country garden and house

Erddig, Wrexham

A stunning house and 1,200-acre country park. Widely acclaimed as one of Britain's finest historic houses, Erddig is a fascinating early 18th-century country house reflecting the upstairs downstairs life of a gentrified family over 250 years. The setting is a superb 18th-century formal garden and romantic landscape park. Restaurant & shop. National Trust.

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Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Harlech Castle is one of the great castles Edward I built to enforce his rule over the Welsh. Situated high upon a rocky outcrop, its seaward side was defended by sheer cliffs, while a deep moat protected the other sides.

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Statue of Lloyd George's head in front of a building

Lloyd George Museum, Criccieth

Childhood home of Lloyd George, this house helps understand the former Prime Minister’s life and times between 1863 and 1945. He was a great statesman - he introduced a pension for the elderly; he was Prime Minister during the First World War; and he gave women the vote. Victorian classroom and cottage garden.

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A stone wall next to grass and a building

Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llyn Peninsula

This enchanting village is tucked away beneath the granite rocks of the Llyn Peninsula . Take the twisting road down to the bottom of the secluded valley and marvel as the Irish Sea opens out in front of you in a majestic breath-taking view. The village has been restored as an elegant Welsh language and heritage centre - you will find some of the most magical legends and history that Wales can offer.

A carving of a face

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor

This is a 19th-century fantasy castle set in a spectacular estate between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. It's crammed with fascinating items, such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria, elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. The restored kitchens are a delight. Industrial railway museum, model railway museum and dolls' museum. Shop & tea room. National Trust.

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A large country house and garden

Plas Newydd Country House & Gardens

Home of the Marquess of Anglesey with spectacular views of Snowdonia. Set on the shores of the Menai Strait amidst breathtakingly beautiful scenery, this elegant house was redesigned by James Wyatt in the 18th century. Military museum, woodland walk with marine path beside the Menai Strait, restaurant, coffee shop and adventure playground. National Trust.

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Colourful buildings in Portmeirion village

Portmeirion Village

Portmeirion was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Surrounding the village are 70 acres of exotic woodlands with miles of woodland and coastal walks. Scenic backdrop for filming The Prisoner. Open every day of the year from 9.30am to 7.30pm.

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A manor house and garden

Plas yn Rhiw, Lleyn Peninsula

Pretty manor house with ornamental garden and wonderful views. The house was rescued from neglect and lovingly restored by the three Keating sisters, who bought it in 1938. The views from the grounds and gardens across Cardigan Bay are among the most spectacular in Britain. Don't miss the two-seater garden privy! National Trust.

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