Set yourself a Wales Castle Challenge for 2014
Published: Saturday 4th Jan 2014
Written by: Ginnie James
Step in the footsteps of the Welsh princes and challenge yourself as to how many of our fascinating castles you can find and explore! Wales has over 100 castles and fortified houses throughout our stunning country still standing where you can wander the walls, stand in the great halls and marvel at the architecture and skill of the masons. And there are over 300 further castle earthwork sites, often in prominent positions, offering great views and a more informal historic experience. Clamber over the ruins and use your imagination as to how life would have been like for the inhabitants all those years ago. A great place to start would be down by Carmarthen, one of the oldest towns in Wales.
For 2 people, Ty Steffan is the perfect base for a castle sight-seeing tour. This cottage is set in 5 acres of grounds with wonderful views towards Llansteffan Castle across the Tywi Estuary. Travel to the tip of the estuary and explore this Norman stronghold, built on an ancient iron-age site. In Carmarthen the castle walls still dominate the town and further to the east is the imposing and well-preserved Kidwelly Castle.
Travelling west into Pembrokeshire, the castle walls still surround the popular beach town of Tenby. Seven miles down the coast is Manorbier Castle which enjoyed 500 years of occupation and still has medieval frescos on some walls. Also within seven miles of Tenby is the impressive Carew Castle which features the ornate window ranges added during the Tudor period. The spacious Georgian property Curlew Cottage is in Manorbier, sleeps 7 and you can walk dwon to the castle and then on to the lovely beach. A fantastic location!
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