Dinefwr Castle

  • Dinefwr Castle

    Dinefwr Castle

  • Dinefwr Castle

    Dinefwr Castle

  • Dinefwr Castle

    Dinefwr Castle

  • Dinefwr Castle

    Dinefwr Castle

Situated in majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi Valley

Dinefwr Castle not only occupies a place of great affection in the minds and traditions of the Welsh people but also majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi valley. The site is forever associated with the princes of Deheubarth, the kingdom in south-west Wales.

A lack of available excavation data means uncertainty remains as to the shape, form and history of any earlier fortifications, which may underlie the medieval castles. Despite this, present evidence suggests very strongly that the history of Dinefwr Castle is entwined with the rule of the Lord Rhys (d. 1197).

Over time the castle changed hands between the princes of Deheubarth and gradually evolved into formidable fortresses. It eventually fell to the English Crown from 1287, serving as centres of royal administration and authority.

By the end of the Middle Ages the castle had become ivy-clad ruins. However, Dinefwr received a new lease of life when a conical roof constructed atop the keep created a picturesque summerhouse. It became an eighteenth-century picnicker’s paradise!

For the next six weeks, limited opening of Dinefwr Castle will be in place. The area affected will be the North West Tower and the Main Keep Tower which will be closed to the public to allow contractors to carry out essential structural repairs.

In addition, the accessibility car park will be out of use for limited periods. Please contact The National Trust Dinefwr Visitor Centre on 01558 824512 for access information.

Opening times

1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

For yearly opening times please click 'View all visitor information'

Admission costs

Adult - Free\Am ddim
Family - Free\Am ddim
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - Free\Am ddim
Disabled and companion - Free\Am ddim
Free parking for Cadw members on production of valid membership cards. There is a car parking fee for non-members.

Facilities and information

No smoking Charging car park
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • No smoking
  • Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
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Postcode SA19 6RT

Car Road By A483, A476, or B4300

Rail Rail Llandeilo 2.5km/1.5mls

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50. http://www.thebusthatmeetsthetrain.co.uk