Cilgerran Castle

Cardigan, United Kingdom

Cilgerran Castle (Welsh: Castell Cilgerran) is a 13th-century ruined castle located in Cilgerran, near Cardigan. The first castle on the site was thought to have been built by Gerald of Windsor around 1110–1115, and it changed hands several times over the following century between English and Welsh forces. In the hands of William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, the construction of the stone castle began after 1223.

After passing through successive families, it was left to ruin and eventually abandoned by 1400. The castle backs onto a cliff face, with the remaining ruins dating from the 13th century. It was most heavily fortified where it faces inland, and includes a pair of drum towers, rather than a central keep, which remain standing. It passed into the hands of the National Trust in 1938, who open it to the public.



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Founded: 1223
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Ben Richards (5 months ago)
We drove through the small town and down a steep narrow lane, questioning where we were heading. At the end of the lane, it opened up into a car park with the river running alongside. We put on our walking boots and used the public toilets before heading along and up the woodland footpath. The walk was peaceful and led directly to the castle. There was a reception/shop at the castle where purchasing of a ticket was required for entry. This cost us £5 each. It was a nice little castle situated at the top of the hill overlooking the river and neighbouring woodland. Very nice place for a walk.
Sarah Brunt (6 months ago)
Parking in the village it is a short walk. We went early and it was really quiet... it was a shame the surplus of staff weren't on hand to answer some of questions which would have made the experience more full. They pretty much said the facts are all on picnic benches. Family 6, very reasonable entry fee. . Wish we had gone later in the day and gone to the pub in the village after.
Iain Wooding (7 months ago)
Had to be done as we do like our old castles and other ruins. Free roadside parking nearby so short walk to the castle. £5PP entry which for NT is good. Helpful staff in the compulsory gift shop selling the usual bits. The Castle is quite small so it's not going to be a half day visit but nonetheless it's an OK for an hour or so. Some information boards would be useful to trace the history and see what room did what but still worth a look.
Gemma Handley (8 months ago)
Lovely walk from the Riverside car park up to the castle. This walk isn't suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs though! When we got to the castle, we were given a basic introduction to the castle, and off we went! A nice walk around the ruins and up to the towers. You can take a picnic which would extend your visit. We were probably on site for maximum of an hour. There are toilets and a small gift shop. This is free for National Trust Members!
Luke Adams (8 months ago)
Nice place. Good little bit of history. Not a big castle by any means but worth a visit. If I wasn't an National Trust member I'd not really consider it good value for money but if you're in the area I'd go.
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