Kings and Castles
Castles of Edward I
- Concentric defences; massive curtain walls and towers; massive curtain walls and towers and powerful gatehouses!
Step into the dramatic, historic landscapes of Wales and discover the story of the Princes of Gwynedd,Princes of Gwynedd
Wales’ most successful medieval dynasty.
King Arthur, Merlin and Camelot are alive and well in Wales. Plan your own early medieval adventure
by visiting our ancient hill forts, standing stones, mysterious lakes and dented rocks, said to have been struck by the hooves of the great king’s horse.
> Caernarfon Castle is world famous thanks to its World Heritage status, but have you climed to the top of Eagle tower for yourself?
> Come and see the Castle Owain Glyndŵr burned during the last major Welsh rebellion. It’s said that Criccieth was named after this beautiful Castle.
> Castell y Bere is a Welsh Castle built by the mighty Llywelyn Fawr (Llywelyn the Great) in 1221.
Nant Gwrtheyrn, located in Llithfaen at the foot of Yr Eifl is a magical place to visit. Originally a quarrying village, Nant Gwrtheyrn is now known for being a Welsh language and heritage centre.
But another obvious reason to visit is the landscape; take in views of Porthdinllaen and all the way to Anglesey’s South Stack. Above Nant Gwrtheyrn is the earliest archaeological evidence of inhabitation in the area, Tre’r Ceiri.
If this isn’t enough, one of Wales’ most famous love stories was based here. The story of Rhys and Meinir. Read more about their story, can you find the old oak tree?
Beddgelert is roughly translated to Gelert’s Grave. Gelert was a loyal and faithful hound of Prince Llywelyn in the 13th century, and was left one day to guard the infant son of Llywelyn. When Llywelyn returned he found Gelert covered in blood and his son’s cot empty. Llywelyn acted quickly and out of anger killed Gelert with one stab of his sword. Gelert’s dying cry was met by the baby’s cry.
Llywelyn rushed to find his son and found the boy unharmed, but close by was the body of a mighty wolf. A wolf that Gelert had killed to protect the young boy. Llywelyn’s heart broke and he never smiled again. Gelert was buried and the village has been known as Beddgelert ever since.
Come visit the hero’s grave and marvel at the beautiful village.
Here are a few more to wet your appetite...
> You can’t get better folk tales than the Mabinogion. Snowdonia is mixed within many of the tales, which one will be your favourite?
> Llyn y Dywarchen has links with the ‘Tylwyth Teg’ (fairies). Einyr a local farmer fell in love with a fairy girl and married her before she had to return to the world of the fairies. Can you spot the Tylwyth Teg?
> Tegid Lake in Bala is said to be the home of a local sea monster called Tegid! Well this is the biggest natural lake in Wales.