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5 (More) Dream Locations for Writing Retreats in Wales

March 29, 2015

Here are five more castles in Wales that can be considered dream locations for writing retreats. We’re looking at castles in Caerphilly and Cardiff. The plus side is that not all of these castles are ruins, so there’s more to explore.

1. Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly was constructed in the 13th century as a part of Gilbert de Clare’s campaign to conquer Glamorgan. Of course, over the centuries, and like many castles, this one passed over into the hands of many different owners, until the fourth Marquess of Bute, an active restorer, restored and redeveloped the castle, re-flooding the lakes and eliminating whatever structures were needed. Caerphilly is a regular tourist site, which speaks of just how wonderful a place it is, and just how many people are drawn to this building. Perhaps you might find something in it, as well.

Aerial view  Caerphilly Castle (CD35)

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2. Morgraig Castle

The only real ruins in the list, Morgraig is found in Caerphilly, and is nothing more than a pile of mossy rocks and bases of walls in spare woodland. It was built during the 13th century, and was discovered by a group of archaeologists by the end of the 19th century. There’s a lot of debate going on about the castle’s role in historical events, but one thing’s for sure – it’s a site worth visiting, if even the only thing you can see are its remains.

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3. Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle is – of course – in Cardiff, a medieval castle built in the 11th century on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort. One of the beliefs is that the castle was commissioned by William the Conqueror himself, and later rebuilt and fortified in the 13th century for better defensive features. This castle passed through the hands of the Marquesses of Bute, as well, and is also a huge tourist site, and a place for festivals.

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4. Castell Coch

This one is a  Gothic revival castle, built by Normans in Cardiff during the 11th century to conquer Cardiff. This one also passed through the hands of the Marquesses of Bute.

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5. St. Fagans Castle

St. Fagans Castle dates back to the 16th century. It stands on the site of a castle built during the 14th century, but that castle had been in ruins by the time the site had been sold to a Dr. John Gibbon. The grounds of this castle is now site to the St. Fagans National History Museum.

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All images are from Wikipedia

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