Bring the past vividly to life at castles across South West Wales, where ambition was displayed in turrets and towers, battles were waged and won, and dramatic love stories played out.
These citadels have stood for centuries in some of the country’s most picturesque spots, from Carreg Cennen, which rises out of a sheer cliff-face, to Pennard Castle, which overlooks one of the region’s most legendary beaches, Three Cliffs Bay. From battlements to blooms, discover our glorious gardens, exploring year-round adventure playgrounds such as Gnoll Country Park, or catching sight of seasonal spectacles, like the flowering of the lilies at beautiful Bosherston Lakes.
4 castles for kids (and big kids!):
Mighty Pembroke Castle offers everything from brass rubbing to battle re-enactments to bring history to life for little ones.
Kidwelly Castle was a medieval masterpiece; don’t miss the monument to Gwenllian, who proved princesses were just as brave as the boys.
Marvel at the medieval graffiti art and the maze of vaults and secret staircases at Oystermouth Castle, a kids’ paradise.
Margam Country Park is a family favourite, with a spooky castle, baby bats and a Fairytale Village where you can pretend to be a knight!
4 ways to be at one with nature:
Visit Colby Woodland Garden in the springtime for a breath-taking display of bluebells; it’s just like stepping into a painting.
Travel to South Africa, Australia and the Mediterranean through flowers, at the Great Glasshouse in the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
Discover Swansea Bay’s 'secret garden', Clyne Gardens and enjoy the all-season flower beds and inspiring oak woodland; its roots go back as far as the 11th century.
Find the tumbling cascades of Gnoll Country Park, which was once owned by a wealthy industrial family and is now open for everyone to enjoy.