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’
Facilities and information
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- A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility
- Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
- Prices valid until late March 2016
- Dogs on leads welcome
- No smoking
Postcode SA19 6UA
Road Minor roads from A483(T) to Trap 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.