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Wales - the world's castle capital

Wales has more castles than any other country in Europe! The landscape is scatered with Iron Age hill forts, Roman ruins and over 500 castles from medieval Welsh princes and English kings.

No time to visit all of these? Here are three to start with......

Castell Coch, Cardiff

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(Pic: Paula J James

This is a castle on top of a castle. It was originally a chieftain’s fortress in the 13th century, but was resurrected as a gothic fortress several centuries later. It is now notable for its extraordinary complex of lavish chambers, making it a repeated favourite with film and television crews.

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Rhuddlan Castle, Rhyl

(Pic: Marcher57) ?

Although the defensive roots of the stomping grounds at Rhuddlan lie in the 11th century, the mighty red brick walls of this diamond-shaped castle were originally completed by Edward I in 1277. Full of craggy character and cornered by gatehouses, it boasts beautiful views of the River Clwyd.

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Wiston Castle, Pembrokeshire

Thought to have been named after the 13th century Flemish Knight Wizo, who designed it, Wiston is one of the finest examples of an 11th century motte and bailey you’ll see. It was eventually abandoned more than 700 years ago – stomp up its steps to discover some amazing Norman stonework.

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