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There are hundreds of castles in Wales, with more per square mile than any other country in the world, making it the castle capital. Some have been restored, some are in ruins, and some you can now take a holiday in!

I’ve been busy spending my summer exploring these castles, and I’ve made sure to stop by some that you can be the Queen or King of (at least for the night anyway). Some are traditional buildings which date back hundreds of years, some are modern interpretations of the traditional style.

In this guide, I’ll share my top recommended castles to stay in from across Wales, including some that are more like palaces (see number 6) and even one that you can have to yourself (check out number 8!).

1. Bodelwyddan Castle

Location: Rhyl, North Wales

Best For: Anyone who fancies a little luxury!

  • Luxury 4-star hotel
  • Onsite gym, spa, and swimming pool
  • Set around landscaped grounds and ponds

Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales was built in 1460 as a manor house and not as a defensive fortification. The building was given grade II listed status in 1962 and for many years was open to the public until the loss of its local council grant in 2019 which means you can no longer visit the main manor house.

However, you can come and stay here thanks to the 228-room luxury hotel operated by Warner Leisure Hotels. The hotel is worthy of it’s 4-star AA status with an onsite spa, swimming pools, and a restaurant. They also host activities such as yoga and a cinema for the day or bands, DJ’s and comedy performances in the evening.

Choose from signature rooms with super comfy beds, royale rooms with sophisticated decor in a rapunzel-style turret or garden lodges with private patios or balconies. I should mention that you won’t be staying in the actual manor house, the hotel is separate but still within the castle grounds.

2. Brynkir Tower

Location: Lleyn, Llandudno, Mid Wales

Best for: A couple looking for a fairy-tale holiday

  • Gothic tower folly
  • Two bedrooms
  • Pets allowed

This gothic folly offers two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen in a stunning location which looks straight out of a fairytale. Think of Rapunzel’s Tower, and you will be close to what Brynkir Tower offers! 

A central spiral staircase leads you to each of the rooms, with a sitting room at the top floor. The kitchen has all the mod-cons (including dishwasher and microwave), and the tasteful decoration and furnishings, complement features like the roll-top bath, and log-burning fire.

There is no Wifi included at the property, and the accommodation will not be suitable to anyone with limited mobility, due to the access through the staircase. 

3. Roch Castle

Location: Pembrokeshire, West Wales 

Best for: Self-catering in a luxurious setting 

  • 360-views across Pembrokeshire
  • 12th-century castle, recently restored
  • Sleeps large groups (up to 12)

My favourite thing about the 12th-century Roch Castle is it’s elevated position, providing 360-degree views across Pembrokeshire and St Brides Bay. This spectacular building – complete with 5 foot thick walls – has been fully restored and features a range of well appointed en-suite rooms.

The 5* accommodation has won multiple awards, and though self-catering is on offer, a private chef can be hired if you would rather someone take care of the food for you. The castle has centuries of history which makes this a really interesting place to stay.

As this is a real castle, it will likely be challenging for guests with mobility difficulties.

4. Craig Y Nos Castle

Location: Abercrave, Brecon, Mid Wales

Best for: Wedding parties and ghost hunters

  • Weddings and special events
  • Historical tours and ghost hunting available
  • Dog friendly accommodation 

Craig Y Nos is a spectacular venue which has become increasingly popular for weddings and similar special occasions. Accommodation options range from smaller rooms suitable for couples, up to self-catering group accommodation and 6-person family rooms.

The Castle offers 36 bedrooms, some pet friendly accommodation, and bar, restaurant and gym facilities. There are even ghost hunting events held at the Castle if you are feeling brave!

Depending on the time of year, evening meals are not available from the restaurant each night, so it’s best to check in advance if you plan to eat at the onsite restaurant.

5. Castell Deudraeth

Location: Portmeirion, North Wales

Best for: Exploring the wonderful Portmeirion in style

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free Wifi
  • Gastropub and bar

Castell Deudraeth is part of a 4-star hotel accommodation in the spectacular setting of Portmeirion, an Italian-style village in North Wales. The gothic building offers 11 rooms and suites, and is well located to explore the wonderful local surroundings and beyond. 

Staying in the rooms of Castell Deudraeth will also give you free entry into the well kept gardens, use of an outdoor swimming pool, and complimentary transport is also offered between local public transport points which is a nice touch.

Castell Deudraeth is an imposing building, but not a castle in the traditional sense – it is a former manor house from the 18th century which was named after a 12th century castle which is now lost.

6. Château Rhianfa

Location: Anglesey, North Wales 

Best for: A special occasion with a luxurious dinner

  • Access to a private beach
  • Grade II listed villa
  • Free Wifi

Château Rhianfa may be more castle in name than in physical form since it’s more like a palace, but this imposing Grade II listed villa had to be included in our list. Coming with access to its own private beach, wonderful views, a tennis court and a wine cellar, this Victorian building provides a luxurious setting fit for a King or Queen!

The building has 27 rooms available, offering a range of options depending on group size and taste. There is even an AA Rosette awarded French/Welsh restaurant onsite, perfect for a special occasion.

As with some others on our list, it isn’t exactly a castle, but the building is huge, and the standards are as high as the Victorian ceilings.

7. Tan-Yr-Ogo Lodge at Gwrych Castle

Location: Llandulas, North Wales

  • Stay in the gatehouse of a popular castle
  • 3-bedroom property with sea views
  • Free tickets to explore the ‘I’m a Celebrity’ castle

Gwrych Castle shot to fame when it hosted the popular TV show ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ in 2020 and 2021. Although the celebrities and bush-tucker trials are long gone, you can receive your very own mini-castle experience by staying in the onsite lodge.

You won’t be staying in the castle itself, but in the gatehouse which sits on the castle estate and once served as the principal and ceremonial entrance. The 3-bedroom property can host up to 6 people with a large master bedroom that has sea views across the stunning North Wales coastline.

Inside, the rooms have all been renovated to a high standard including a barbican entrance hall, kitchen, dining room, and a drawing room complete with fireplace and wood-burning stove.

Guests will also receive a complimentary day ticket to explore inside the main castle too. Plus, it’s within a beautiful part of the country with many walking trails and just a short journey from the towns of Llandudno and Conwy.

8. Cardigan Castle

Location: Ceredigion, 

Best for: A couple looking for a luxurious B&B, or self-catered accomodation

  • B&B or self catering options
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Set within two acres of land

Castle Green House is situated in the grounds of Cardigan Castle, offering B&B and self catering options alongside a small museum and events centre.

Although you won’t be staying in the original castle which was destroyed years ago, the manor house within the castle walls has been restored extensively in the last 25 years, and it now offers 4* B&B rooms and 5* apartments. The accommodation offers spectacular views over the River Teifi, and is a great place to base yourself to explore West Wales and beyond.

The rooms include luxury products and fittings, and a full Welsh breakfast is offered on-site. Self-catered apartments offer a nice option for people wanting some more independence.

Whilst you are situated within the Castle grounds, the rooms are situated in a separate detached building.

9. Manobier Castle

Location: Near Tenby

Best for: Large groups

  • 5-bedroom house with period features
  • An entire caste, all to yourselves (after 5pm)
  • Large oak dining table for dinner parties

Manobier is a 13th-century castle that stands proudly looking across Manobier beach, near Tenby in West Wales. It’s a castle in every sense of the word, with concentric castle walls, round and square towers, and the remains of a moat around the outside.

During my visit, I noticed a cute victorian house within the castle walls called Castle House. When I found out you could stay there, I was really excited to share it.

The 5-bedroom house can sleep up to 12 guests, complete with period features throughout and a log burner so that you feel right at home. The castle is open to the public during the day, but come 5pm, you’ll have the place to yourself.

The best part about staying in this castle as a group is the huge dining room with a long oak dining table that looks out onto your own private courtyard, now that’s how you eat in style!

There is also a lodge and a cottage you can stay in at Manobier Castle, however, Castle House is the only property actually within the castle walls so choose this for a true castle experience.

10. Ty’r Graig Castle

Location: Barmouth, Cardigan 

Best for: A couple exploring the wonders of West Wales

  • Cliff-top locations
  • Free Wifi
  • Sun terrace

This modern building was built in 1880, and offers 4* accommodation. The unique property was built for a famous English gunmaker, and the story goes that it was built to resemble the combination of a traditional castle, and a double-barrelled shotgun! Needless to say, this makes the aesthetics quite unique.

There are 11 en-suite rooms available, with a maximum of two people per room. Some rooms come with a view of Cardigan Bay, and include four poster beds. The restaurant onsite offers home-cooked food, and the site can accommodate weddings, or large events.

Whilst the property does not look like a traditionally brick-built castle, it does offer a modern castle experience, with rounded turrets on one side of the building, and an imposing three-storey footprint.

11. The Welsh Gatehouse

Location: Chepstow, South Wales

Best for: Couples looking for a luxurious break in a historical building

  • One bedroom
  • Free Wifi
  • Sun terrace with BBQ

The Gatehouse is a Grade II* listed building, dating back over 700 years. The one-bedroom property is a perfect couples retreat, the two towers of the building will make you feel like a royalty! 

The interior of the property is very well appointed, with modern features and a fully-fitted kitchen sitting alongside stone walls and stairs, and a gorgeous wood-burning stove. The exterior gardens are very well cared for, offering a beautiful space to enjoy the sun, or fire up the BBQ onsite.

Entrance is via a steep spiral staircase with a rope handrail, which could be a challenge for people with limited mobility.

12. Ruthin Castle Hotel and Spa

Location: Ruthin, Clwyd, North Wales

Best for: A calming break with a spa visit

  • Wedding packages available 
  • Free Wifi
  • Four-poster beds available in some rooms

The site that now houses the beautiful Ruthin Castle Hotel and Spa can be dated back to its time as an iron age fort. The castle was built in the 13th century, and some of the walls built during its construction now form part of the hotel building.

Set in acres of land, the 4* venue offers a special experience, with a restaurant onsite serving local produce, and a spa situated in the former moat of the castle!  

There are four room styles across 59 bedrooms, and is very well-known locally. It was also the venue that Prince Charles stayed in before his investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969.

Accessibility may be a challenge for some on this large site, and some rooms are more modern than others.

13. Mold Tower

Location: Mold, Fflintshire, North Wales

Best for: Couples looking for a unique B&B experience

  • 15th century Grade I listed
  • Bed and breakfast
  • Rooms furnished with antiques and period pieces

Mold tower is a grand manor house which resembles a castle in its features. From an oak-panelled dining room, to rooms furnished with unique vintage items, you can be assured that this isn’t your standard B&B!  A full-English breakfast is included, and rooms include Wifi and a TV. 

The building dates back to the 1400’s, and has been owned by the same family for over 500 years.

There is a minimum stay of two days on the weekend, and three days within weekdays, so choose this as a spot for a longer break to explore North Wales and beyond.

14. Hen Wrych Hall Tower

Location: Abergele, North Wales

Best for: Couples looking for a romantic break on the coast

  • One-bedroom holiday home
  • Carved king-size four poster bed
  • Roll top bath

Hen Wrych Hall Tower is another holiday home set on the estate of the Grade I listed Gwrych Castle where ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ was filmed. This property is a little further out as it’s built into the original boundary wall around half a kilometre from the castle itself.

This property offers far more luxury than the Celebrities were given! From the open fire to the carved four-poster bed and roll-top bath within the Victorian bathroom, the fittings are of a very high standard, and you really will feel like royalty when you are staying here.

Free Wifi and private parking is also included, and you are only a five-minute walk from the North Wales coast. This is only a one-bedroom property, and though children are welcome, it is not the place for large groups or similar.

15. Clytha Castle

Location: Monmouthshire, South East Wales

Best for: Larger families exploring the Brecon Beacons area

  • Sleeps six people
  • Dogs allowed 
  • Two floors with spiral staircase

Clytha Castle was built in the late 1700’s as a memorial to the wife of William Jones, who had moved from London to Wales. The imposing building fell into disrepair from 1948 onwards, but was taken over by The Landmark Trust in the 1970s who set about restoring the property to its former glory.

Up to six people can now stay in this unique Grade I listed building, which offers wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and landscape, dogs are even welcome at the property! 

The building sits on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and it offers a good base for exploring the area.

The bedroom is accessed by a steep and narrow spiral staircase, so keep this in mind if you have any guests who may have accessibility needs.

16. Bath Tower

Location: Caernarfon, 

Best for: Families and couples who want an authentic historical break

  • Sleeps five
  • Set in a medieval tower of the town walls
  • Views over the Menai Strait

This tower was built by Edward I in the 13th century, and offers stunning views over the Menai Strait. The tower offers two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, bathroom and terrace. 

The exterior of this property – and even its location on the coast – is straight out of a book about castles and warfare. The interior of the property is appropriately decorated, with modern fixtures complemented by a wood-burning fire and stone walls in some of the rooms.

As with many similar period properties, accessibility is a challenge due to its construction, and therefore it will not be a suitable property for everyone.

17. Castle of Brecon Hotel 

Location: Brecon, Mid Wales

Best for: Smaller families who love history

  • The oldest hotel in Wales
  • 43 ensuite bedrooms
  • Views of the Brecon Beacons 

Described as the ‘oldest hotel in Wales’, the Castle of Brecon hotel is built into the remains of Brecon Castle, and offers stunning views of the Brecon Beacons and the River Usk.

The property has welcomed guests since the 19th century, and has 43 bedrooms and a bistro and restaurant onsite. Each room is individually styled, this includes four poster beds, free Wifi, and a large ensuite bathroom. Family rooms for three people are available alongside the usual single and double rooms, offering an option for smaller families to stay in a historical location. 

It is a popular events venue, and you may encounter larger groups or parties at the property during your stay.

Kieren is the founder and editor-in-chief of Wales Guidebook. Originally from rural Mid-Wales, he has lived all over the country from Cardiff to Wrexham. A true Welshman, Kieren created this site to share his passion for Wales and help others discover this beautiful country.