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3 Welsh Castles to Check Out in Powys

June 3, 2015

Since Wales is considered to be the “castle capital of the world,” it is a given that, of course, there are a lot of castles to visit around the place. Today, we focus on three amazing castles from Powys, that can serve as potential locations you can use to set your writing in, or as places you can visit when you are on your own personal writing retreat, and you happen to find yourself in Wales, at some point.

1. Montgomery

Montgomery Castle is located in Montgomery, in Powys, and is just one of the many Norman castles between the Welsh and English border. The original parts of the castle were built under the Earl of Shrewsbury, Roger de Montogomery, during the late 11th century. The castle, after weathering a few events, was rebuilt in stone during 1223, on Henry III’s 16th birthday, but Huberd de Burght. The castle also served as a place for treaty negotiations, and it was where Llywelyn ap Gruffud was given the title of Prince of Wales. Today, what is left of Montgomery Castle are only its ruins, although it is still a place worth visiting, as the ruins are beautiful and the view majestic.

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“Castle and Path” by Stoker243 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 


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“Montgomery Castle, Wales, 360° Panorama II” by Farwestern Photo by Gregg M. Erickson – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 


2. Powis

Powis Castle is found near the town of Welshpool, and has been given many names in historical records, among which are: Castell Coch, Castell Pola, and Red Castle. It’s a beautiful place, home to a lot of gardens, a wonderful parkland, and a landscaped estate. Today, Powis Cstle is under care of the National Trust. The castle was built during the 13th century. Much of the original castle was improved over a two-hundred year period from 1600 to 1800, adding terraced gardens and the State bedroom.


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“PowisCastle” by Alexander Forst-Rakoczy – photo taken by Alexander Forst-Rakoczy. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 at via Wikimedia Commons – 

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“Powis castle terraces” by Sjwells53 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 


3. Dolforwyn

Found in Abermule, Dolforwyn was established by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd as a fortification during the 13th century. It is said that the the maiden Sabrina of legend drowned at Dolforwyn. John Milton writes about this maiden. Historical fiction author Bernard Cornwell also wrote about Dolforwyn in his book “The Winter King.” This castle, then, appears to be a great inspiration for writers, who have used legends attached to it – and not just the place itself – in order to inspire, fuel, or to add to their writing – something which you may want to try someday, if you ever get the chance to visit the place.

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“Dolforwyn Castle Powys Wales” by user Llywelyn2000 – 

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“Dolforwyn Castle” by Ralph Rawlinson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 


Those are just some of the many castles in Wales, of course, and those are just some of the beautiful places that may serve as locations for your writing retreat. It may be fun if you manage to find writing retreats in the area (we will cover that sometime – keep checking back), but it would be amazing if you manage to visit the place on your own pace and walk around, see the sights, and the ruins and castles that are steeped in history and have played their part in the shaping of Wales’s story.

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