A visit to this solitary sentinel is worth it for the views alone.
Castles and mountains. Dolwyddelan and Snowdonia. Made for each other. Improving on nature’s handiwork is easier said than done but this beauty blends beautifully with its craggy home. A blot it is not. Thank the Prince of Gwynedd in north Wales and de facto ruler of most of Wales, Llywelyn Fawr (Llywelyn the Great).
Llywelyn (1173 - 1240), knew his square mile like nobody else. Dolwyddelan, along with nearby Dolbadarn and Prysor, formed a collection of strategically important mountain fortresses for the Welsh ruler. After his day, his grandson Llywelyn ap Gruffudd took over the castle. He kept Edward’s forces at bay for a while.
The magnificent keep was later supplemented by Llywelyn with a stone curtain wall enclosing the courtyard. The English went on to refortify the castle and add another rectangular tower. It didn’t fare as well as the original. Maybe there is justice after all as it now lies in ruins.
With a little restorative help from the Victorians, this 13th-century fortress is now a masterpiece.
Please note — Time credit vouchers (and other schemes) do not apply to this site.
1 October 2016 - 31 March 2017
Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 11.30am - 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'
Adult - £3.00
Family - £8.10*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.10
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16
All children under 5 receive free entry.
Prices valid until March 2017
Facilities and information
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- Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
- Assistance dogs only
- 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.
Postcode LL25 0JD
Road A470(T) Blaenau Ffestiniog to Betws-y-Coed.
Rail 2km/1.25mls Dolwyddelan,
Llandudno-Blaenau Ffestiniog route.
Bus X1 From Llandudno North Western Gardens to Capel Bethel, Dolwyddelan.
Bike NCN Route No.8 (15km/9mls).
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.