Dolwyddelan Castle

Accredited Attraction - Wales Princes of Gwynedd
Dolwyddelan Castle

Dolwyddelan Castle

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.

Current times and prices

1 April - 30 September 2016


Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm

Sunday 11.30am - 4.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

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Facilities and information

Car park Exhibition No smoking
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Assistance dogs only
  • No smoking
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Postcode LL25 0JD

Car Road A470(T) Blaenau Ffestiniog to Betws-y-Coed.

Rail Rail 2km/1.25mls Dolwyddelan,
Llandudno-Blaenau Ffestiniog route.

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??? 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.