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.

This site is included in our pamphlet guide, ‘Carreg Cennen Castle’ 

Opening times

1 April - 31 October 2016

Daily 9.30am - 5.30pm

The whole site is closed and the car park is locked at 6.30pm daily.

Admission costs

Adult - £5.00
Family - £13.50*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £3.50
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

All children under 5 receive free entry.

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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.