Castles in the Brecon Beacons National Park

  • Carreg Cennen Castle
  • Crickhowell Castle © Philip Pankhurst
  • Llandovery Castle
  • Tretower Castle

Wales is home to some of Europe's finest surviving medieval castles. Here in the Brecon Beacons, we have our fair share.

Perhaps the most dreamy and dramatic of all are the weathered remains of Carreg Cennen Castle, perched high up on a limestone crag.

As our National Park is situated close to the border between Wales and England, many a territorial struggle has taken place on our doorstep. Magnificent ruins such as those at Brecon, Crickhowell, Llandovery and Tretower bear witness to a turbulent past, while grand mansions such as Cyfarthfa Castle, Newton House at Dinefwr and Tretower Court remind us that castles were once mighty symbols of power and wealth.

Most of our ruins stand in parkland that's open to the public, while our more intact castles and mansions are cared for by Cadw and the National Trust. They all make exciting and inspiring days out.