Welsh castles

Welsh castles

Wales has more castles per head than anywhere else in the world.

Motte and bailey castles

Designed by Norman conquerors to secure areas of land quickly and cheaply.

Concentric castles

Constructed to present as daunting a challenge to attackers as possible.

Linear castles

When concentric castles weren't possible, the Normans built linear structures.

Aberystwyth castle

An important Welsh strong hold and centre over the centuries - from mint to seat of government

Caerphilly castle

One of the biggest fortresses in Europe.

Caernarfon castle

One of the 'iron ring' castles of north Wales.

Harlech castle

Once a key outpost of Edward I's castle network.

Raglan castle

Raglan castle

History blog

Explore the celebrated and lesser-known incidents in Welsh history, watch rare clips from BBC Wales' own archive, find out about history events in Wales.

Phil Carradice

July 1942: enemy action over Pwllheli

Britain might have been totally unprepared for war in 1939 but within ...

By: Phil Carradice

Family history


Getting started

Tracing your Welsh roots? Pick up some tips in our guides.


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The Welsh in Patagonia

In 1865, the Mimosa, a tea-clipper set sail for South America.

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