This beautifully preserved castle has the oldest castle doors in Europe. All wood and 800 years old. Until 1962 these doors hung in the main gateway, but are now in safe keeping in the on-site exhibition. Let’s just say it would be nigh on impossible to find a replacement.
The whole site is a lesson in longevity. From around 1067 through to 1690, the castle, almost chameleon-like, changed its appearance as fashions changed in military architecture. Century after century, the castle grew and grew along its narrow cliff top ridge. The oldest building is the Norman great tower, but building work continued well into the 17th-century as medieval battlements were replaced by stronger musket-friendly parapets. Bows and arrows were so last century!
Access problems for visitors with mobility difficulties are also a thing of the past, thanks to improvements leading to the main entrance and our resident mobility scooter.
10:00 – 5:00pm – Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Adult – £3.50
Family – £10.50*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £2.65
Disabled and companion – Am ddim/Free
Photo Credits: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
For further information please visit: http://www.cadw.gov.wales