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Stay : Welsh Castle Route

Follow our week-long itinerary to discover the castles of Wales.

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6 days

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Detail of the stay : Welsh Castle Route - 6 days

  • Cardiff
  • Cardiff
  • Caerphilly (Caerffili)
  • Caerphilly (Caerffili)
  • Pembroke (Penfro)
  • Pembroke (Penfro)
  • Carew (Caeriw)
  • Carew (Caeriw)
  • Harlech
  • Dolwyddelan
  • Llanberis
  • Llanberis
  • Caernarfon
  • Conwy
Day 1: Cardiff and Coch

Steps: Cardiff

The castles of Cardiff and Coch were never intended for defensive purposes. Built at the end of the 19th century, they are still in good condition and you can visit their ceremonial rooms

Places of interest :
Day 2: Caerphilly

Steps: Caerphilly

Caerphilly is typical of the warlike fortresses built by Edward I, the first Englishman to successfully annex Wales.

Places of interest :
Day 3: Carew and Pembroke

Steps: Pembroke, Carew

Carew Castle is probably one of the strangest and most fascinating castles in the south. Built between 1280 and 1310, it was considerably extended in the 15th century. Many visitors have seen the ghosts of Sir Roland Rhys, one of the castle's tenants, and his monkey, who have returned to haunt the northwest tower where they lived. According to legend, Lord Rhys was mysteriously murdered one night after refusing his daughter's hand in marriage to a suitor who cursed him. The body of the monkey was found beside him, also dead. Pembroke was built by the Normans to subdue the Welsh. Today, the towers are still intact.

Day 4: Harlech and Dolwyddelan

Steps: Harlech, Dolwyddelan

After visiting Harlech, whose geographical position is one of the most impressive of the Norman castles, reconcile yourself to the Welsh by exploring Dolwyddelan. Llywelyn the Great, the national hero, was probably born in this castle. Soon after, it was conquered and fortified by Edward I

Day 5: Dolbadarn

Steps: Llanberis

Dolbadarn, the ruins of a pre-Norman castle, inspired the painter Turner, who represented it in his paintings.
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Day 6: Conwy and Caernarfon

Steps: Caernarfon, Conwy

Conwy and Caernarfon are two jewels of the architecture of Edward I of England, unavoidable if you want to understand his style.

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