6 Welsh Castles You Can Actually Stay In

Stay in the dreamy Roch Castle for a fairy-tale Welsh break
Stay in the dreamy Roch Castle for a fairy-tale Welsh break | © DV Aerial / Alamy Stock Photo
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20 October 2020

Set in stunning locations with masses of history, you could wake up in one of these majestic castles. We’ve complied a list of breathtaking historical hotels for you here.

Château Rhianfa, Anglesey

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Complete with turrets fit for royalty and interiors to match, Château Rhianfa is set in majestic gardens on the fair isle of Anglesey. The Château was built in 1849 by Sir John Hay Williams, Baronet of Bodelwyddan for his wife, using 16th-century French architecture as inspiration. With spectacular views over the Menai Strait and Snowdonia, this is for those seeking a real-life fairytale.

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Cardigan Castle, Ceredigion

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One of the plush double bedrooms in the accommodation available at Cardigan Castle, in the town of Cardigan, West Wales.
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This castle overlooks the River Teifi in Cardigan, Ceredigion. It used to be derelict but after a hefty restoration, it was opened to the public in 2015 – boasting holiday accommodation, a heritage centre, education facilities, a restaurant and a concert area. There are loads of activities for children and the accommodation includes self-catering apartments and bed-and-breakfast rooms.

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Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire

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It’s all about luxury at this 12th-century, award-winning castle hotel in Pembrokeshire. It is situated on a hill with unobstructed views over St Brides Bay and the Preseli Hills. The rooms are high spec and you can eat at two-AA-Rosette Blas Restaurant at sister hotel, Twr y Felin. Wander through the 4.9ha (10 acres) of gardens and woodland, head to nearby Newgale Beach or visit St David’s Cathedral. Full Welsh breakfast is included.

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Castell Deudraeth, Penrhyndeudraeth

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There’s a contemporary feel to this castle, yet the recent renovation was sympathetic to the building’s architectural heritage. There are spacious rooms, some of which have open working fireplaces and a fabulous Victorian walled garden, which makes this a great place to stay all year round.

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Craig Y Nos Castle, Brecon Beacons

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This castle used to be the home of opera singer Adelina Patti and is perfectly placed to explore the outdoors and surrounding areas. Situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, Craig Y Nos Castle is for those seeking a romantic and rural setting with a bit of history – tours are free for all guests.

Hywel Sele Lodge near Dolgellau, Snowdonia National Park

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As you can imagine, given the location, this semi-ruinous Tudor-Gothic-style abode is pretty amazing. You’ll find it in the deer park on the famous Nannau Estate, with secluded deluxe accommodation for guests wanting to explore this incredible part of Snowdonia.

These recommendations were updated on October 20, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.