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.
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.
The public car park (approximately 15 spaces) in the village is 250 meters away. There is a drop off point near the entrance on Castle Square Lane.
Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.
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.
This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.
Postcode SA43 2SF
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.
Telephone 03000 252239Address
Cardigan SA43 2SF