58 Mins from our holiday cottages
30 Miles from our holiday cottages
Carreg Cennen Castle, Trapp, Llandeilo, Ceredigion
SA19 6UA (Sat Nav)
Tel: 01558 822291
“ Combine with a day out to Llandeilo, where there some interesting shops and excellent places to eat. ”Stallion Valley Holiday Cottages Advice
Carreg Cennen Castle is one of the most spectacularly sited Welsh castles with spell-binding views from its sharp hilltop location. The hedgerows along the minor approach road hide the castle and then suddenly the grey stone fortress dramatically appears.
The story of Carreg Cennen Castle is a long one, going back at least to the 13th century what remains today dates to King Edward I.
To reach the hilltop, be prepared for an invigorating climb you will be rewarded with simply fabulous views of Black Mountain, Carmarthenshire countryside and the distinctively Welsh Cambrian Mountains.
A unique feature of Carreg Cennen Castle awaits in the south east corner of the inner ward. Here a steep set of steps leads down into the bowels of the castle, and beyond into a damp limestone cave. To explore this you will need a torch. Much of the passageway is lined with stone and the ceiling vaulted.
Carreg Cennen Castle had a long and eventful history, having changed ownership numerous times. Welsh owned it was seized in 1277 by King Edward I. From that time onwards, the fortress remained in the hands of the English.
The original Welsh stronghold was demolished in the late 13th century and replaced with the imposing structures we see today, by John Giffard and his son
It was besieged during the rebellion of Owain Glyndwr in about 1403 and was considerably damaged. During the Wars of the Roses, Carreg Cennen's owners unfortunately sided with the Lancastrians. After the Yorkist victory in 1461, the castle was deemed too much of a threat to the monarchy and was destroyed the following spring.
In the 1960's Carreg Cennen Castle was acquired by the Morris family of Castell Farm, when Lord Cawdor's legal team inadvertently made a mistake in the wording of the deeds and included the castle as part of the farm. Today, the castle remains privately owned by Margaret & Bernard Llewellyn, daughter & son in Law of the late Mr. Gwilim Morris. The Castle is maintained by CADW: Welsh Historic Monuments, preserving the architectural heritage of Wales.
Open 364 Days of the year.
Summer Opening 9.30 - last admission 17.30
Winter Opening 9.30 - last admission 16.00
The whole site is closed and the car park is locked at 18.30 daily.
Carreg Cennen Castle prices April 2011- April 2012
Family - (2 Adults and children under 16) £12.00
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