*** 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.
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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.
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.
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.
This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.
Water refill station available at this site.
Postcode SA33 4SA
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.
Telephone 03000 252239
King St, Laugharne, Carmarthen SA33 4FA
For contractors, educational visits and deliveries please ring 01994 427906