Narberth Castle, Wales

  We were starving as we drove into the little town of Narberth in Pembrokeshire, Wales.  I wanted to explore the castle (that is why we came here in the first place!) but we needed food first.  So, we found street parking along the main shopping street and hunted down a café.  It is a…

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Carmarthen Castle, Wales

  Our visit to Carmarthen Castle in Wales resulted in frustration and disappointment in equal measures.  But I’m glad we stopped in the town, if only to gain the knowledge that the castle is not really worth a visit!   Firstly, parking was a near impossibility.  SatNav guided us to Little Bridge Street, which is…

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Aberystwyth Castle, Wales

    Windswept and abandoned.  Almost lonely with only the sea its lifelong companion – and greatest enemy.  For it is precisely Aberystwyth Castle’s location right on the seaside, which had such a massive impact on its condition.   We arrived around mid-day and found a parking spot close-by.  Walking up the steep pathway, the…

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Llawhaden Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

  We’ve taken a little country road off the busy A40 to see a castle that is not really a castle.  Llawhaden Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales is in fact a fortified mansion, but it looks very much like a castle – which makes it even more intriguing.   The day was grey and sadly, the…

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Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, Wales

  Even though it was bucketing down with rain, we were determined to drive onto the island of Anglesey and explore Beaumaris Castle.  And I am so very pleased that we did not let the frightful weather put us off! Beaumaris Castle is one of the most impressive medieval buildings I have ever seen.   Exploring…

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Skenfrith Castle, Wales

Skenfrith Castle

  Having visited both White Castle and Grosmont Castle in Monmouthshire, Wales earlier in the day, we decided to set off on the B4521 road towards Skenfrith.  Skenfrith is the third castle in the “Three Castle” series in this area and I desperately wanted to explore all three.   Skenfrith Castle in Wales sits right…

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Dinefwr Castle, Wales

Dinefwr Castle

  It was hot – very hot!  So, you can imagine my delight when we found a parking space under a large tree, in the National Trust parking area at Dinefwr Park.  And it was green all around us!  The park is absolutely stunning, and I stood in awe scanning 360 degrees around us.  …

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Harlech Castle, Wales

    Attacked, robbed and “despoiled”, Queen Margaret (1430 – 1482) was in fear of her life and that of her son, young Prince Edward.  Not only did she lose all her goods and money (around £6600), but it is also believed this injustice was perpetrated against her by one of her own servants!  She needed…

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Wiston Castle, Wales

  As Wiston Castle is only 7 Miles from Haverfordwest where we stayed over, we knew it would be ridiculous not to stop there to explore.  So off we went and arrived early in the morning.  Parking was easy, right across the road from the castle, in front of St Mary Magdalene Church.   It…

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Grosmont Castle, Wales

  It was very hot as we drove into the little village of Grosmont.  Where IS the castle?  There are no signposts we could find.  But the village is small, so we decided to park on the main road (near the pub) and walk around, scouting for the castle.   Everything seemed to be closed…

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