Caernarfon LL55 2AY
With its seven polygonal towers (including the great Eagle Tower), two gatehouses, and walls of colour-banded stone, King Edward I intended the castle to be a royal residence and seat of government for north Wales. Begun in 1283 under the direction of Master James of St George, the King's mason-architect, and continuously in Crown possession since.
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Conwy LL32 8LD
Conwy castle is a gritty, dark stoned fortress which has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere. Conwy wasconstructed by the English monarch Edward I between 1283 and 1289 as one of the key fortresses in his 'iron ring' of castles to contain the Welsh.
Criccieth LL52 0DP
Beguiling from afar, this castle is perched on a headland with the sea pounding below. Get close however and its gatehouse intimidates prospective attackers.