Carreg Cennen Castle

Accredited Attraction - Wales
Carreg Cenen Castle

Carreg Cennen Castle

An attack on the castle must have presented a daunting prospect.

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.

Buy the pamphlet guide for this site in Cadw’s online shop

This site is included in one of our Welsh language guidebooks. Visit our online shop to find out more.

This site is taking part in the Great Naming Campaign | 英国等你来命名. Find out more at greatnames.visitbritain.com

Current times and prices

Dates
1 November 2014 - 31 March 2015

Times
Daily 9.30am - 4.00pm

Closed Christmas Day 

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Facilities and information

Audio tour Cycle stands Car park Dogs welcome Gift shop No smoking Portable induction loop Refreshments Toilets
  • A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility 
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Prices valid until 31 March 2015
  • Dogs on leads welcome 
  • No smoking
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Directions

Postcode SA19 6UA

Car Road Minor roads from A483(T) to Trap Village.

Rail Rail 5km/3mls Llandeilo, on the Swansea-Shrewsbury route.

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For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.