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BBC Wales History BBC Wales History | 10:54 UK time, Thursday, 13 January 2011

A new survey by Visit Britain's suggests that Welsh castles are the main draw for foreign visitors to Britain.

Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle. Image by Sam Pritchard.

Researchers spoke to 10,000 holidaymakers from overseas, who put a tour of Welsh castles as their "must-do" activity on any trip to the UK ahead of a visit to Buckingham Palace, Harrods shopping, a Premier League football match or whisky tour.

Commenting on the survey results, Visit Britain director, Patricia Yates said: "It is striking that touring Welsh castles was so popular - and the top four choices were right across Britain, in Wales, London, Scotland, and England."

Those surveyed were given a list of 18 activities they could undertake while in Britain, and asked to pick the ones they liked the most. Welsh castles topped the list with 34%, ahead of visiting Buckingham Palace at 32%.

Visit Britain also listed the top 10 Welsh castles:

  1. Cardiff
  2. Caernarfon
  3. Penrhyn, Bangor
  4. Conwy
  5. Powis
  6. Chirk
  7. Harlech
  8. Caerphilly
  9. Pembroke
  10. Beaumaris

If you'd like to find out more about Welsh castles view our brief guide on the BBC Wales History website.

There are over 600 castles in Wales. You can read comprehensive guides and get visitor information details on Welsh castles on the websites below.

Read more on this survey on BBC Wales News.

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