Llansteffan Castle

Llansteffan Castle

Llansteffan Castle

Remains of a castle established in the earlier twelfth century within the site of an Iron Age promontory fort

Llansteffan Castle stands on a headland overlooking the sand-flats of the mouth of the river Tywi. The natural strength and strategic importance of this stunning location was recognised by the Norman invaders of Wales who established an earth-and-timber enclosure, or 'ringwork', within the ancient defences of an Iron Age fort. The castle controlled an important river crossing and it changed hands several times during fierce fighting between the Normans and the Welsh. The transformation of the early earth-and-timber stronghold into the powerful masonry castle visible today was the work of the Camville family who held the castle from the late twelfth to the early fourteenth century. The castle was held briefly by Owain Glyndŵr’s supporters in 1405-06. At the close of the fifteenth century, King Henry VII granted it to his uncle, Jasper Tudor, who was probably responsible for blocking the great gatehouse passage to create additional accommodation.

Current times and prices

Dates
1 April 2014 - 31 March 2015

Times
Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

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Facilities and information

Dogs welcome No smoking
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • No smoking
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Directions

Car Road Llansteffan, on B4312, 8m (12.9km) SW of Carmarthen.

Rail Rail Carmarthen 9m (14.5km).