UNESCO World Heritage Site Castles
Wales is known for its rich history and culture and there is no better place to explore the heritage of North Wales than at our UNESCO World Heritage Site Castles - namely Beaumaris, Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech. Described as the finest examples of military architecture of their kind in Europe, the Castles of King Edward 1 are a must-see for visitors to Snowdonia.
The most technically perfect castle in Britain has few equals. Dare we say it, an absolute cracker of a castle with classic proportions and perfect symmetry. The last hurrah of Edward I’s massive building programme in north Wales… just a shame he never got round to finishing it!
After all these years Caernarfon’s immense strength remains undimmed. A brute of a fortress. Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. Worthy of World Heritage status no less.
Conwy's massive military strength springs from the rock on which it stands. Built for Edward I, by Master James of St George, the castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. In a word, exceptional. You can’t fault it, from the grandeur of its high towers and curtain walls to its excellent state of preservation.
Harlech’s battlements spring out of a near-vertical cliff-face. The structure boasts two rings of walls and towers, with an immensely strong east gatehouse. Edward’s tried and tested ‘walls within walls’ model was put together in super-fast time between 1283 and 1295 by an army of nearly a thousand skilled craftsmen and labourers.