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.
Please note — Time credit vouchers (and other schemes) do not apply to this site.
Cadw members gain free access to Carreg Cennen Castle — however membership cannot be purchased on site.
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1 April - 31 October 2019
Daily 9.30am – 6pm
The whole site is closed and the car park is locked at 6pm daily.
Last admission 45 minutes before closing.
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Adult - £5.50
Family - £16.00*
Member - Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £3.50
Seniors (Aged 65+) - £4.50
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children
All children under 5 receive free entry.
Prices valid from April 2019
Facilities and information
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- 01558 822291
- A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility
- Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
- Dogs on leads welcome
- 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.
- This site is registered on the No Fly Drone website
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.