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.
29 March - 31 October 2013
Daily 9.30am - 6.30pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Adult - £4.00
Family - £12.00*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £3.50
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
*Admits 2 adults and all children under 16
Postcode SA19 6UA
Road Minor roads from A483(T) to Trapp Village.
Rail 5km/3mls Llandeilo, on the Swansea-Shrewsbury route.
Bus 5km/3mls Llandeilo, route No 280/281, Carmarthen-Llandeilo/Llandovery.
Bike NCN Route No.47 (15km/9mls).
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.