'Most popular' castles in Cymru revealed


Castell Caerdydd (Image: Gwalia)

Cymru had well over 600 castles throughout history, and more than 100 are still standing as ruins or restored buildings today. Many of the most beautiful castles in Cymru were built by Welsh Royal dynasties, and the biggest ones were erected by Normans following their invasion of 1066. Data analysis from Google searches of over 120 castles has revealed the country's most popular one. Research from the Welsh handmade gifts marketplace Made In Cymru has found that Gwyrch Castle in the north is the most googled castle in Cymru. Built in 1812, internet users searched for the castle 90,500 times in the last month on Google. It has become more popular recently due to the ITV programme “I'm a Celebrity” relocating there again for this year’s series. The castle itself is a Grade 1 listed country house, and its design was one of the first attempts to recreate medieval architecture in Europe. It stands in 250 acres of gardens and grounds and has extensive views over former parkland including a deer park and the Irish Sea. The second most searched for castle is located in the same county. Castell Conwy was searched a total of 33,100 times. The castle sits on the northern coast, close to the mouth of the river Conwy, yet it is enclosed by Y Gogarth and boasts a backdrop of the mountains of Eryri. The most popular castle in the south is located in Caerdydd with 22,200 monthly searches on Google. Castell Caerdydd is one of Cymru's leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located within beautiful parklands, the castle has nearly 2,000 years of history just waiting to be explored. The counties of Cymru with the most castles searched on Google include: Sir Gâr, Sir Ddinbych, Gwynedd, Sir Fynwy, Sir Benfro, and Powys. A spokesperson for Made In Cymru said: "Covid restrictions have meant that the UK population has needed to look closer to home for their holiday fixes over the last year and as a whole, staycations in Wales have become more popular with the search term ‘Wales holidays’ experiencing a huge 70% increase in searches over the last five years. With a vast array of castles across the country, holiday makers will not be disappointed with the views”