Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Wales

When traveling along the North Wales coastline, it’s hard not to spot Gwrych Castle. Nestled above the town of Abergele, its sprawling design and numerous turrets stand out along a tree-lined hillside. While from afar it looks like a medieval ruin, it is not as old as it appears.

Though local history tells of an earlier castle in this location, the current Gwrych Castle was a 19th-century creation. Lord Hesketh started construction on the Gothic folly in 1819, with his son building up the...

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