Carreg Cennen Castle

There are few castles in Wales - or Europe for that matter - which can boast a more spectacular location than Carreg Cennen.

Carreg Cennen Castle

Drop dead gorgeous and also very clever. A killer combination. Attackers scaling the steep cliffs might as well have signed their own death warrants. The chances of returning alive were slim.

Carreg Cennen’s defences exploited the natural environment to great effect, glued to the sheer cliff-face on all sides. The stronghold led a chequered life however, falling into Welsh and English hands during the troubled medieval period.

The first masonry castle on this site was probably the work of the Lord Rhys in the late 12th century, but it is more than likely John Giffard, handed the fortress by Edward I in 1283, that we should thank for the castle we see today.

The end came in 1462 during the War of the Roses when the castle was vandalized by 500 Yorkist men brandishing not swords but picks and crowbars. It had been a Lancastrian hideout.

Useful Information

Carreg Cennen Castle
Llandeilo Carmarthenshire SA19 6TS Wales
phone: 01558 822291 fax:

News & Special Offers

Ask about free entry if you are 60 and over or 16 and under and live in Wales.

Entrance Charge

Opening Times

Last admission 30 mins before closing. 1 Apr-31 Oct 09: daily 9am-6.30pm. 1 Nov 09 -31 Mar 10: Daily 9.30am-4pm Closed: 25 December

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