Skip to main content

Visitor Notice

*** Upcoming site closures ****

During the week commencing 18 October, the following sites in the south Wales area will be closed while we roll out our system upgrade. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Laugharne Castle — Closed Thursday 21, Friday 22 and the morning of Saturday 23 October

St, Davids Bishop’s Palace — Closed Monday 18, Tuesday 19 and the morning of Wednesday 20 October

Kidwelly Castle — Closed Monday 18, Tuesday 19 and the morning of Wednesday 20 October

During this period of rolling site closures we will not be selling online tickets for sites other than Castell Coch, but will have plenty of tickets available at the sites to purchase on the day of your visit. Tickets will be available for all sites for half term week from Monday 18 October.

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

Stay in touch through our social media channels:

Facebook @CadwWales | Twitter @Cadwwales 


Mighty medieval castle, Tudor mansion and poet’s hideout

This is the ‘brown as owls’ castle beloved of Dylan Thomas, Laugharne’s most famous resident. He wrote Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog in the castle summerhouse perched above glorious views of the Taf estuary.

Here two giant medieval stone towers stand guard over the remains of a magnificent Tudor mansion, all set in 19th century ornamental gardens.

After centuries of conflict between Welsh and Anglo-Normans, Laugharne was rescued from near ruin by Elizabethan courtier Sir John Perrot. He turned the dilapidated 13th-century castle into a residence fit for a gentleman, including a grand hall whose gaping windows still stare out over the water.

But his rapid rise had made him many enemies – and even the rumour that he was really the queen’s half-brother couldn’t save him.

Convicted of high treason, Sir John died in the Tower of London in 1592 while awaiting execution. Some believe he was poisoned just as Elizabeth was about pardon him.

More about Laugharne Castle

Opening times

Thursday–Monday 10am–5pm Closed 1pm–2pm

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday


Daily 10am–5pm*

*Laugharne Castle — Closed Thursday 21, Friday 22 and the morning of Saturday 23 October





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.


Charging car park icon Disabled access icon Dogs welcome icon Exhibition icon Garden icon Gift shop icon Guidebook icon No drones icon No smoking icon Portable hearing icon Refreshments icon School visits icon Venue hire icon Water refill station icon

There is limited parking opposite the main castle entrance.

The main pay & display parking area is about 300 metres/328 yards below the castle.

This car park is liable to flooding during high spring tides.

There is a slight incline from the car park and at the entrance to the monument. Once through the Gatehouse there is easy wheelchair/buggy access.

From the visitor centre, a small ramp leads to a level path and easy access around the site.

The only accessible tower is limited to walkers only.

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

On-site exhibition within monument.

On-site garden.

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

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

A portable induction loop is available.

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.

Discover our free facilitated educational activities.

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.

Water refill station available at this site.


A4066 from St Clears.
18km/11mls Carmarthen, on the Swansea-Carmarthen/Milford Haven/Pembroke Dock route.
100m/110yards, route No 222, Carmarthen-Laugharne/Pendine.
NCN Route No.4 (300m/328yards).

Postcode SA33 4SA

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.

Contact us

Telephone 03000 252239


Laugharne Castle
King St, Laugharne, Carmarthen SA33 4FA

For contractors, educational visits and deliveries please ring 01994 427906