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Overview

Architectural ingenuity and natural advantages combine in a must-visit Welsh-built fortress

It may be remote. But it’s a magnet for all castle lovers. Strung along a jagged rocky outcrop in the Dysynni Valley at the foot of Cader Idris, Castell y Bere is especially good at evoking the spirit and atmosphere of Wales’s native castles. Built by Welsh ruler Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) to protect Gwynedd’s southern frontier, construction began in 1221 with the castle remaining in use until 1294.

Though much of the Castell y Bere’s strength can be attributed to its commanding location, its design is a testament to the ingenuity of its Welsh architects. The sophisticated entrance featuring two gatehouses with drawbridges and possibly portcullises was extremely advanced for its time, even by the standards of English fortifications.

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Opening times

Daily 10am - 4pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Prices

Category Price
Admission
Free

Facilities

Bike storage icon Dogs welcome icon No drones icon No smoking icon

Directions

Road
Near Llanfihangel y Pennant, off B4405 61/2m (10.5km) NE of Tywyn.
Rail
Tywyn 7m (11.3km).

Postcode LL36 9TS