"Iron ring" tops list of British tourist attractions

During the Middle Ages, Edward I built his "iron ring" of fortresses to protect his kingdom from unrest in Wales. Now, these castles are bringing tourists to the country in record numbers.

When presented with a poll, including such attractions as the Glastonbury music festival, looking for the Loch Ness monster or visiting Harry Potter film locations, 10,000 prospective tourists from Poland, Russia, Italy and Germany chose Welsh castles above all the others. Northern Wales attracts nearly 300,000 visitors each year.