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Visitor Notice

From Monday 20 September it will not be possible to book general admission tickets online for Cadw staffed sites with all ticket allocations available onsite only on the day of your visit.*

Furthermore, we will be operating a series of rolling site closures while we upgrade our systems in order to improve the visitor experience. Each of our sites will be closed in succession for between one and three days during this period.

For further information and to find out more about redeeming your Sky VIP winning ballot ticket, please check our updated guidance page.

To visit this monument:

  • check our opening times, prices and other facilities below
  • purchase your admission tickets on arrival
  • bring your face covering, to be worn in all indoor areas.

(*online tickets for Castell Coch will remain available due to the size and layout of the site)


Norman stronghold is a match for the greatest castles of Wales

See Kidwelly Castle rising above the river Gwendraeth on a misty morning and prepare to be amazed. This is the medieval fortress of everyone’s dreams.

That’s probably why it appears in the very first scene of ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. But it would have been no laughing matter to attack this military stronghold.

Kidwelly began in the early 12th century as a Norman ‘ringwork’ castle made of wood and protected only by an earthen bank and ditch. Not surprisingly it was under constant attack by Welsh princes including the Lord Rhys, who captured it in 1159.

Four decades later the Normans were back in charge. By the 1280s the Chaworth brothers, powerful Marcher lords, had created the stone ‘castle within a castle’ that still stands today.

Imagine being a Welsh attacker. First you had to conquer the great gatehouse with its drawbridge and portcullis, a hail of arrows and rocks raining down on you. Breach these outer defences and you were faced by the four towers of the inner ward. No way forward – and nowhere to hide. A true killing zone.

After centuries of see-sawing conflict between Norman invaders and native princes Kidwelly was now a match for any castle in Wales. The gatehouse added by the Duchy of Lancaster was the icing on the cake. Even the forces of Owain Glyndŵr couldn’t break through.

More about Kidwelly Castle

Opening times

Daily 10am–5pm

Closed 1–2pm


Daily 10am–6pm

Closed 1–2pm


Daily 10am–5pm

Closed 1–2pm


Daily 10am–4pm

Closed 1–2pm

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Category Price
Member - Join now
Disabled and companion
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans 
Seniors (Aged 65+)

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.

Category Price
Member - Join now
Disabled and companion
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans 
Seniors (Aged 65+)

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.


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Accessible toilets available at this site for visitor use.

Toilets available with baby changing facilities.

Bike storage area available in car park or close to site.

Approx. 11 parking spaces on site.

There is a large free parking area a short walk from the monument with 1 dedicated disabled space.

There is an incline to main entrance. Access is on a wide concrete path with a non slip surface, which leads on to a wooden slatted bridge.

There is wheelchair/buggy access in visitor centre and the monument.

Access to upper levels of monument is limited to walkers.

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

On-site exhibition within monument.

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.

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

Discover our free facilitated educational activities.

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

Visitor toilets are available at this site.

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


Kidwelly via A484.
2km/1.2mls Kidwelly, on the Swansea-Milford Haven/Pembroke Dock route.
100m/110yards, route No X11/X12, Swansea-Carmarthen.
NCN Route No.4 (400m/437yards).

Postcode SA17 5BQ

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

Contact us

Telephone 03000 252239


Kidwelly Castle
Castle Rd, Kidwelly SA17 5BQ

For contractors, educational visits and deliveries please ring 01554 890104