Wales is often called the "Land of Castles" as it is home to some of Europe's finest surviving examples of medieval castle construction. Wherever you travel in Wales, it’s castles stand as a reminder of the country’s action-packed history. You can visit hundreds of ancient castles where famous battles were fought with the Celts, the Romans, the Saxons and the Vikings, some even offer conference and event facilities.
There are over 600 castles in Wales - more per square mile than any other country in the world - and many have been magnificently preserved. The four castles of Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech together make up the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd World Heritage Site. They are some of the best examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture anywhere in Europe.
Caernarfon Castle was built by King Edward I, as well as having World Heritage Site status, it is one of Europe’s great medieval fortresses. The castle held the ceremony where the son of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles Windsor was made the Prince of Wales.
Beaumaris Castle, also a World Heritage site, is located on the beautiful Island of Anglesey. Built in the 13th century, it is the most technically perfect castle in Britain, although it was never finished. The castle’s perfectly symmetrical concentric 'walls within walls' design, has four successive lines of fortifications -this was state of the art for the late 13th century.
Dating from the Middle Ages, Bodelwyddan Castle, located close to Rhyl, is an independent museum and visitor attraction. The castle has facilities for a variety of events, meetings, conferences and more. Each room is lit with natural daylight and offers flexible layouts with seating for of up to 100 delegates.
Near Bangor in North Wales, Penrhyn Castle offers wondrous views of Snowdonia. The castle features a unique furniture collection, huge private art collection and an authentic Victorian kitchen. A wondrous chance for delegates to discover breath-taking welsh scenery and history.
Ruthin Castle, in the ancient town of Ruthin in North Wales is a beautiful retreat, nestled in acres of parkland. With superb meeting and event facilities the castle offers several well-equipped rooms and can host up to 100 for meetings and banquets.
Caerphilly Castle in South Wales is the second largest castle in Britain and one of the largest castles in Europe. It has a tower which leans at a greater angle than the Tower of Pisa in Italy, and is surrounded by a series of moats and watery islands. The castle has been used as the backdrop for many TV and film productions and the castle’s fourteenth century addition, The Great Hall, can be hired for corporate events, meetings and other celebrations. The hall accommodates 200 people for standing functions and 150 seated.
Seventeenth century Hensol Castle, in the Vale of Glamorgan, has an abundance of history, waiting to be discovered. This magnificent 400-year old castle features striking turrets, gothic towers and sweeping staircases and original architecture, it is situated within 650 acres of beautiful countryside. With six conference and meeting rooms, the castle can host up to 320 delegates theatre-style and 200 delegates banquet-style.
In the heart of Cardiff is the city’s ultimate prestigious venue, Cardiff Castle, an 11th century medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion. Its enchanting fairy tale-like towers hide an elaborate and splendid interior of magnificent architecture and décor. The castle’s spacious rooms and comfortable surroundings can be used for a variety of events including meetings, conferences and dinners for up to 150 guests.