Visit the island of Anglesey, the present home of HRH Prince William of Wales.
Explore castles with royal connections throughout Wales.
Sleep in a castle, once owned by King Henry VIII.
Plan a stay in vacation cottages owned by HRH Prince Charles in Carmarthenshire.

Royal Wales

Separated from mainland Wales by the Menai Strait, Anglesey is a far cry
from the bustle of Buckingham Palace and London. But HRH Prince
William of Wales has made his home there while he works as a pilot
with the Search and Rescue Force at RAF Valley.

Anglesey's royal connection dates back to 1295 when King Edward I
(of Braveheart fame) built his largest castle, Beaumaris. Named
a UNESCO World Heritage, the imposing castle is considered
the most sophisticated example of medieval military architecture.
While on the island, enjoy the royal treatment at the award-winning
Plas Maenan Country House
hotel, owned by James Burt, a former
member of the Queen's staff at Buckingham Palace.

Anglesey’s royal connections date back centuries.

Other places to stay with royal connections include the luxurious Tre-Ysgowen Hall spa hotel which recently hosted the Queen of Lesotho along with various celebrities including Demi Moore and Alicia Keys.

Anglesey’s own royal connections date back centuries. The village of Penmynydd was the home of one of the most powerful families in Britain, which gave rise to the royal dynasty of the House of Tudor. The village church contains tombs and the Tudor Chapel with its stained glass window featuring the Tudor Rose emblem. The chapel’s pews were a gift from Queen Victoria.

Continue on your castle quest by visiting Caernarfon Castle, just back across the mainland from Anglesey. Caernarfon boasts intact towers, battlements and dungeons which young and old alike enjoy exploring. No wonder the setting is so majestic, for it is where Prince Charles, the present Prince of Wales, was invested back in 1969.

You’ll truly be following in the footsteps of royalty.

A couple of miles outside Caernarfon snag a few nights at Plas Dinas Country House. Prince William was a recent lunch guest, so you’ll truly be following in the footsteps of royalty. Plas Dinas has been in the possession of the Armstrong-Jones family since the 19th century, and has been a home to HRH Princess Margaret. Reminders of the hotel’s royal connections are throughout the house with portraits lining the walls. You can even stay in Princess Margaret’s old bedroom.

Anglesey pub sceneHead south to Mid Wales to dine like a king or queen at Ynyshir Hall. Little wonder, then, that it was once owned by Queen Victoria and is now a fine dining restaurant and luxury hotel.

Finally, continue south to the Welsh home of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. Llwynywermod in Carmarthenshire is where you’ll find two self-catering vacation cottages which adjoin the royal quarters (the farmhouse where the royal couple stays). Even the crockery features the royal coat of arms and there are pictures from the prince’s own collection on the walls.

Planning Tips

  • When to go
    Vacation cottages are mostly available to rent year-round but check with the ones you are interested in to make sure. Castles like Beaumaris are open year-round but some attractions close for the winter. Again, check on the locations you’re interested in seeing to make sure.
  • Can I bring the children?
    Most hotels and holiday cottages allow children, but check individually to make sure. Castles like Beaumaris have child-friendly attractions like events featuring costumes and re-enactments to make the vacation even more family-friendly.