North Wales is full of history and you can learn all about it with visits to some of the top castles in the local area. West Point Beach Resort is located within driving distance to a number of castles in Snowdonia, all of which make fantastic family days out.
Castell Deudraeth is located in the Italian-style village of Portmeirion and is a beautiful early Victorian castellated mansion, built by David Williams. In the 1930s the castle was used as a hotel, then later on became a prep school and at one time was made into exclusive apartments for the likes of the Oppenheimer family. The building has Baronial elements, borrowed from the Gothic and Tudor periods, which are beautiful to admire.
Set in the picturesque town of Caernarfon, the castle is one of the most impressive in Wales. Created by King Edward I, the polygonal towers make the castle stand out against the rest in the region. The Eagle Tower is the most impressive out of them all and is a must-see when you go to visit. The castle also has the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, which is located in two of the castle’s towers.
Conwy is a beautiful place to visit and with the stunning Conwy Castle stood in front of the dramatic Snowdonia skyline, you are guaranteed to get some fantastic images to cherish for a lifetime. The castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. The castle has two barbicans, eight large towers and a great bow-shaped hall that all sit within the distinctive shape of the castle.
This is a native Welsh castle situated on a rocky peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay. The castle was originally built by Llywelyn the Great, before Edward I’s forces took the castle from him around 50 years later. He went on to improve the castle and remodel a tower for stone-throwing engines. The castle may have also given the name to the town rather than the other way around, as its suggested origins are ‘crug caeth’ – ‘crug’ meaning hill in Welsh and ‘Caith’ meaning captives.
A county house in the form of a Norman castle, Penrhyn Castle is located in Llandegai, Bangor. The castle was built between 1820 and 1833 for George Hay Dawkins Pennant by the famous architect, Thomas Hopper. The architect decided to not follow the fashion for Gothic architecture and instead chose a neo-Norman design. Walter Speed was the head gardener at Penrhyn Castle in 1862, before going on to serve three Lord Penrhyns in a career lasting over 58 years.