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Europe’s most beautiful castle is apparently right here in the UK

Conwy Castle in Wales beat places in Lithuania, Spain and Romania to the top spot

Ella Doyle
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Ella Doyle
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Sick of the UK and fancy a swanky Euro city break? Yearning to stroll through cobbled streets and pop into some seriously nice castles? Well, you might not need to splash the cash to see the very best of European architecture. 

It turns out the most beautiful castle in the whole of Europe is a little closer to home – right here in the UK. Condé Nast Traveller has released a new ranking of the 26 most stunning castles in Europe, and a Welsh fortress has taken the crown. 

Conwy Castle, a 21-tower medieval fortress in Conwy, is apparently the most beautiful castle you’re going to find on the entire continent. It’s surrounded by high fortified walls which stretch for three-quarters of a mile, and you can walk a complete circuit around its battlements. 

The castle was originally commissioned by King Edward I in the thirteenth century, and his architect Master James of St George built the whole thing in just four years. And it’s seriously well preserved, with the most intact set of medieval royal apartments in the whole of Wales. 

When you visit, make sure to climb the winding staircases for that full fairytale castle experience. And if you’re after even more castle action, the ten most beautiful in Europe are as follows: 

1. Conwy Castle, Wales
2. Trakai Island Castle, Lithuania
3. Alcázar of Seville, Spain
4. Bran Castle, Romania
5. Egeskov Castle, Denmark
6. Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
7. Château de Chambord, France
8. Predjama Castle, Slovenia
9. Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
10. Castel del Monte, Italy

ICYMI: here’s why Wales could soon have a new official name.

Plus: this Scottish city could soon be introducing a tourist tax.

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