on 1 October 2014
I've just returned from a holiday in North Wales and found the guide invaluable. It slips in your pocket but is packed with useful information, often telling you the best place to park. 77 castles are covered in detail and you get a black and white photo, details about access to the site, a potted history of the castle and then a description of the buildings. The book is sorted by traditional county, which is really useful if you are on a touring holiday and need to know what is available locally. At the beginning of the guide is an introduction to the castles of Wales and at the end is an extensive list of minor castles, including their OS grid reference for which no description has been given. Having looked at several similar books on offer in shops during my holiday, it seemed to me that this one represented the best value for money. If you want more information CADW produce individual guides for those sites important enough to warrant an entry fee.
on 8 June 2015
A useful handbook to the castles in Wales. It starts with an introduction that paints the extremely complex background of castles, emphasising how difficult it can be to define them as either "English" or "Welsh" constructions, with many changing hands and undergoing developments at the hands of others. Then follows a county-by-county listing of the better sites, including directions on how to find those that are better concealed as well as giving a history and description of each. Just to ensure completeness, a complete list of all castles - plus even 'possible' and 'lost' castles - is included at the back, making the handy-sized book truly comprehensive.