Kidwelly Castle

Castle Road, Kidwelly, Dyfed SA17 5BQ
5 Castle Road Kidwelly Wales SA17 5BQ GB
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If you want a truly medieval moment, catch a glimpse of this fantastic castle shrouded in early morning mist. It is spine-tingling stuff. The castle is so complete and well-preserved, it’s a match for any of the great castles of Wales.

The earliest castle on the site was Norman and made of earth and timber. The town itself is equally ancient, established around 1115 AD. By the time the 13th century had come along the castle had been rebuilt in stone, following the half-moon shape taken by the Normans. The Chatsworth family built the compact but powerful inner ward and the castle was later modified by the earls (eventually dukes) of Lancaster.

Kidwelly benefited from the latest thinking in castle design. It had a concentric design with one circuit of defensive walls set within another to allow the castle to be held even if the outer wall should fall. The great gatehouse was begun late in the 14th century but it wasn’t completed until 1422, thanks in part to Owain Glyndŵr’s efforts to stop it going up in the first place.

Just outside the gatehouse stands a memorial to Princess Gwenllian who died in battle in 1136, not far from Kidwelly fighting the lord of the castle Maurice de Londres to save Deheubarth from the Norman invaders.

Opening Times:
09:30 – 5:00pm – Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Adult – £4.00
Family – £12.00*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £3.00
Disabled and companion – Am ddim/Free

Photo Credits: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw

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