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Overview

Spectacular castle that wasn’t quite as secure as the Normans hoped

Cilgerran is one of the most spectacularly sited castles in Wales. Its two great round towers loom high above the deep gorge of the River Teifi and the fast-flowing stream of the Plysog.

The perfect spot, you might have thought, from which the invading Anglo-Normans could defend their newly conquered lands. Take the thrilling wall-walk from the east tower to understand just what a daunting obstacle it must have presented to the rulers of the ancient kingdom of Deheubarth.

But it wasn’t quite impregnable enough. Probably first built as a ‘ringwork’ castle in 1108 by the Norman adventurer Gerald of Windsor, Cilgerran changed hands many times over the next century or more.

It was only in 1223 when the dashing earl of Pembroke, William Marshal, built ‘an ornate castle of mortar and stones’ on top of the original site that Norman control stood firm. Despite the best efforts of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Owain Glyndŵr, Cilgerran never again fell to the Welsh.

More about Cilgerran Castle


Opening times

10am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

10am – 4pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

*open and unstaffed with no admission charge. 


Prices

Category Price
Member - Join now
Free
Adult
£4.20
Family*
£12.20
Disabled and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
£2.50
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£3.40

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.

National Trust members admitted free on production of valid membership cards. (Cilgerran Castle is a National Trust property that it is in the guardianship of Cadw.)


Facilities

Disabled access icon Dogs welcome icon Gift shop icon Guidebook icon No drones icon No smoking icon Portable hearing icon Toilets icon Refreshments icon School visits icon Venue hire icon

Access to the monument is down a tarmaced cul-de-sac from Castle Square lane. The path to the shop is sloping. The path from there to the gatehouse, over a wooden bridge, is level. The castle grounds are part level and part sloping with both grass and firm paths. Access to the towers and ditch is restricted to walkers only.

Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.

Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.

Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.

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.

Smoking is not permitted.

A portable induction loop is available.

Visitor toilets are available at this site.

Light refreshments are available.

To book your free self-led education visit to this site, follow these simple steps in our self-led education visits section.

While you're there, check out our free learning resources to help with your time travel adventure!

 

This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.


Directions

Road
Main roads to Cilgerran from A478 & A484.
Rail
Haverfordwest 50km/31mls Swansea -West Wales Line.
Bus
3m (5km) Cardigan, route No 412, Haverfordwest-Cardigan
Bike
NCN Route No.82 (200m/218yards).

Postcode SA43 2SF

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.


Contact us

Telephone 01239 621339

Email
CilgerranCastle@gov.wales

Address
Cilgerran Castle
Cardigan SA43 2SF