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Ruthin Castle
Ruthin Castle was built in 1277 and offers several medieval-themed events. Jim Linwood Under Creative Commons CC BY 2.0 License

If royal weddings, babies and other wild shenanigans (I'm looking at you, Prince Harry), throw you into a fevered tizzy, perhaps a stay at an ancient castle-turned-hotel is the ideal vacation for you! There's no shortage of such establishments throughout Wales and the rest of Europe, but this one must surely be one of the oldest.

Ruthin Castle, situated in North Wales, features an original moat, a dungeon and whipping pit! The castle was built in 1277 for the last independent ruler of Wales, Prince Dafydd, who was hung, drawn and quartered after being found guilty of treason. His head was then displayed at the Tower of London [source: Ruthin Castle].

All traces of savagery have thankfully left the property, so guests who fail to return their room keys need not worry about being subjected to some kind of torture. Instead, they can visit the day spa for modern pampering or attend a medieval feast to experience a taste of the days of yore. The hotel plays up the medieval theme to the hilt. So if a knight meets a certain comely wench, the two might just want to book a medieval wedding — costumes optional [sources: Arnold, Ruthin Castle].