Wales has always been a popular hotspot for Brits who fancy a quick trip away. We’ve been making the most of Welsh staycations in destinations like Swansea for years now. How better to take a break without ever having to leave UK soil?
With the £5.60 toll charge on the Severn bridge now a thing of the past, more of us than ever are considering trips to Wales this year. There are many reasons for a visit here, including stunning locations like Snowdonia. But, you don’t need us to tell you about those. What you might not realize is that Wales is also a top spot for castles. If you enjoy a little history, then, these Welsh destinations could be the ones for you.
Cardiff is one of the top spots in Wales. In fact, a high percentage of the Welsh population live here. Unsurprisingly, then, many tourists choose this as the backdrop of their visits. Most often, tourists visit to take advantage of the shopping opportunities here. Some even head to this site for nothing more than the Principality Stadium, home of Welsh rugby. But, did you also know that booking accommodation like this Park Lane aparthotel could also see you up close to Cardiff castle? Now one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions, this castle offers 2000 years of history. Though construction work continued way up to 1920, the original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century. With its prime spot in Cardiff city centre, a visit here could also see you right in the heart of the action for the duration of your stay.
If a busy city stay doesn’t appeal, head a little further afield to the royal town of Caernarfon. With a population of just 9,615, a trip here promises peace. Depending on where you’re travelling from, it could also see you passing right through the heart of Snowdonia. You won’t be disappointed once you arrive, either. You’ll be able to get up close and personal to Caernarfon castle. This medieval fortress makes for spectacular viewing. Its polygonal towers make this an imposing sight you can marvel from near enough anywhere in Caernarfon. Even those who aren’t great with history can find interest here as Prince Charles’ investiture took place here as recently as 1969. Much of the castle is also still in fantastic condition. You’re sure to enjoy exploring those imposing towers.
A little further on from Caernarfon, you’ll come to the walled market town of Conwy. This is a sort of middle-ground between Caernarfon and Cardiff, with an estimated population of 116,900. Still, you’re sure to forget any crowds once you enter the walls of Conwy castle. This medieval fortification was built between 1283-1289 by Edward I and is a sight to behold. Many even argue that this is the most magnificent of his Welsh fortresses. With that in mind, it’s fair to say that no Welsh trip would be complete without at least a stop-off here.