Indeed, Celtic and Welsh folklore is incorporated in many features within the castle; the Welsh dragon appears in various guises, examples of zoomorphism appear in fireplaces, on certain doors in the castle, and as carvings in the architecture. The rich symbolism certainly draws from the Welsh mythical tradition, a tradition that was heroic, dream-like and otherworldly. The boar for example appears in a story called Culhwch and Olwen from the Mabinogion; Culhwch seeks the hand of Olwen, daughter of Ysbaddadan, who gives Culhwch a number of near impossible tasks to complete before he his granted Olwen's hand in marriage. One of the tasks involves Culhwch killing Ysgithyrwn - the wildest boar in the land.
Dragons appear in the Mabinogion story Lludd and Llefelys, where the red British dragon fights the white invading dragon. King Lllud imprisons the dragons in a pit after they have drank mead and have fallen asleep. This story of the red and white dragons appeared in a sequel of sorts in the Historia Brittonum dated to the 9th century, when the fighting dragons were found buried in Dinas Emrys - a hill in north Wales. King Vortigern had tried in vain to build a fortress on Dinas Emrys, but the walls kept mysteriously collapsing at night. Vortigern received the help of a boy without a natural father, who advised him to excavate the hill, freeing the dragons. The two dragons continued their battle in the air, the red dragon finally overcoming the white dragon. The red dragon was associated with the Gwynedd Kings, and was adopted by Henry Tudor as his standard on his march through Wales towards Bosworth Field in 1485.
The castle is full of symbolic references to the Welsh past set within Gothic Victorian splendour, the Myddleton family celebrating Welsh tradition and folklore within the architecture and in the décor of the castle. It is well worth a visit.
For further reading see Carla Jefferson, The Depiction of the Otherworld in the Four Branches of the Mabinogi