Cardiff Half Marathon

A Welsh History: Castles / Cestyll

Where better to start the story of Welsh than with castles, especially in #EinDinas, our own city, Cardiff.

Cardiff Castle is one of over 600 castles in Wales, a nation which boasts more castles per square mile than any other country in the world.

Cardiff Castle, where the Wizz Air Cardiff Half Marathon begins its iconic tour of the capital, is steeped in history and culture. From the Romans to hosting WWE, this castle is particularly unique in that it has seen it all and evolved with the times.

But it’s not just the capital displaying uniquely beautiful forts and castles. Virtually everywhere you go in Wales, you’ll catch a glimpse.

From Castell Coch (Red Castle) to Caerphilly Castle, you’ll notice architectural differences across them all. That’s because many were built by the Welsh for the Welsh, but some very built from as early as 1066, following the Norman invasion, and will look different for it.

Castles, or Cestyll in Welsh, play a huge part in Wales’ culture and you’ll find fascinating history behind each one.

Are you travelling to Wales for the Wizz Air Cardiff Half Marathon next month? Check out THIS PAGE from for a low-down of some of the most spectacular in Wales.

Staying local to Cardiff? Check out the iconic Cardiff Castle, or travel further afield to check out Castell Coch or Wales’ largest castle, Caerphilly Castle.

Back to news