ake the wall-walk to truly appreciate why it this 800-year old castle was built in a stunning location overlooking the Teifi. It was perfect for stunning attackers. The Normans first saw the potential and established an early ‘ringwork’ castle here, but the imposing masonry castle we see today was probably the work of William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke.
Cilgerran is first mentioned by name in 1165 when the Lord Rhys captured the castle. It was retaken by William Marshal in 1204, only to be taken again by the Welsh during Llywelyn the Great’s campaigns in 1215. However, eight years later, William’s son, another William, regained control.
Traditionally, medieval castles were designed with a keep or strong tower at the centre but Cilgerran Castle is unusual because two massive round towers were erected instead. These, despite Owain Glyn Dŵr’s best efforts, still stand to a good height today.
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
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