Castles in North Wales
Near The Beaches Hotel in Prestatyn
Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in Europe and for this reason is known as the castle capital of the world. North Wales is steeped in rich history and home to some of the most popular and spectacular medieval castles all waiting to be explored and enjoyed.
Castles in North Wales
Immerse yourself in the history and legends of North Wales as you explore the Welsh castles, ruins and stunning views along the way. Today over 100 castles remain standing, either in ruins or restored to their natural beauty in Wales and North Wales is lucky enough to be home to a number of truly spectacular Medieval fortresses – which come in all shapes and sizes and each one with a story to be told.
If you are planning a visit to Prestatyn and North Wales we strongly recommend you include at least one of the nearby castles in your jam-packed itinerary.
Caernarfon was built in the 1280 by Edward I, Caernarfon and is the largest castle in the North Wales area and does not disappoint. Our base here in Prestatyn makes a day trip to Caernarfon easily accessible just an hours drive away and well worth it.
Gwrych Castle overlooking Abergele, a small market town is one of the more modern castles and was built in the early 1800. The castle was originally a private residence, then a site for re-enactments and was abandoned decades ago. The castle is also well known for another important reason and was used as the set of the very popular I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here TV show in 2020 & 2021 and now attracts visitors from across the world and is also said to be haunted by its former owner.
Conwy Castle is one of Edward I’s four great castles of North Wales along with Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris. Conwy Castle stands tall and majestically above the River Conwy with Snowdonia in the background with plenty of photo opportunities.
If you don’t fancy travelling far then Rhuddlan Castle is a great choice just 15 minutes drive from Beaches Hotel. Completed in 1282 Rhuddlan Castle became Kind Edward I’s chosen domain for many bloodshed battles during his conquest of Wales!
Why Stay With Us
Make the most of the abundance of medieval castles in North Wales and stay here at Beaches Hotel in Prestatyn. Spend your days exploring the many castles in the area whether it be Rhuddlan Castle just 15 minutes away or make a day of it and enjoy a road trip to see Criccieth Castle, 90 minutes away. After a busy day and lots of memories made, return to the warmth and comfort of the Beaches Hotel and relax with a pint or cocktail on our terrace overlooking Barkby beach or enjoy a wonderful dining experience in the Promenade Bar & Bistro.
We have brought you a list of recommended castles to visit and enjoy during your hotel break in Prestatyn.
Images courtesy of Visit Wales. Crown Copyright with Permission.
Explore the Castles in North Wales
The Beaches Hotel is the Perfect Base
Just 15 mins from the Beaches Hotel and sitting on the banks of the River Clwyd stands the ruins of the impressive Rhuddlan Castle.Read More
Gwrych Castle, a Grade I listed 19th-century country house is just 30 minutes drive from Beaches Hotel & better known to visitors as the I’m A Celebrity 2020/21 CastleRead More
Situated 35 minutes drive from Beaches Hotel, Conwy Castle stands majestically with breathtaking views of the sea and mountains.Read More
Recognised as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages, Caernarfon Castle sits majestically on the banks of the River Seiont, a one hour drive from The Beaches Hotel.Read More
Criccieth Castle commands an amazing position with fantastic views over Cardigan Bay and situated 1 hour and a half from Beaches Hotel. Well worth the day trip!Read More