Carreg Cennen Castle

There are few castles in Wales - or Europe for that matter - which can boast a more spectacular location than Carreg Cennen. Its ruins crown a precipitous crag in a remote corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park a few miles south-east of Llandeilo. Spell-binding views are waiting to be experienced from the sharp hilltop upon which the castle sits. Indeed, Carreg Cennen dominates its surroundings, and seems out of place in the mountainous farming terrain which it commands. The hedgerows along the minor approach road initially obscure views of the site, but suddenly the grey stone fortress springs into your line of sight, enticing you to hurry onwards.

The story of Carreg Cennen Castle is a long one, going back at least to the 13th century. There is archaeological evidence, however, that the Romans and prehistoric peoples occupied the craggy hilltop centuries earlier. Although the Welsh Princes of Deheubarth built the first castle at Carreg Cennen, what remains today dates to King Edward I’s period of castle building in Wales.

A visit to Carreg Cennen is an adventure - not least for the sight of the breathtaking 100mtrs/325ft cliff on which the castle is perched and the dramatic trek through the passageway cut into the cliff-face, which leads to a natural cave beneath the fortifications.

OS map 159: SN 668191

Parking, refreshments available, toilets, shop, guidebook

Adult - £3.50, Concession - £3.00, Family - £10.00

Spring Opening Times: 1.04.07 - 31.10.07: 9.30 - 18.30

Summer Opening Times: 1.04.07 - 31.10.07: 9.30 - 18.30

Autumn Opening Times: 1.04.07 - 31.10.07: 9.30 - 18.30

Winter Opening Times: 1.11.07 - 20.03.08: 9.30 - 16.00

Address Trap,
Llandeilo,
Carmarthenshire,
SA19 6UA

Web: http://www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/default.asp

 

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