Carmarthen Castle  was first built by Walter, Sheriff of Gloucester in the early 1100s. It was captured and destroyed on several occasions before being rebuilt in stone during the 1190s. The castle was captured by Owain Glyndŵr in 1405. Henry VII's father died at Carmarthen Castle in 1456. During the Wars of the Roses the castle fell to William Herbert and, during the Civil War, was captured by Parliamentary forces. It was dismantled by order of Oliver Cromwell in the mid 1600s.

It has been used as the site of Carmarthen's gaol until the 1920s. The remains of the castle were given a Grade I heritage listing in 1954 and is currently a tourist attraction and site of the town's Tourist Information Centre.

The castle is accessed today via the surviving 13-metre-high gatehouse on Nott Square or alternatively via the Old Castle Gaol entrance on Castle hill.



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Mick (11 months ago)
The castle was converted into a prison in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the building of the Council offices has also not helped its appreciation as a military entity. However, enough remains to make a visit worthwhile. The castle is first mentioned in 1094, when the name Rhyd y Gors is used. The earliest castle, built by the Norman William fitz Baldwin, may have been sited elsewhere perhaps further down the river. After 1105 the annals refer to Carmarthen by name, so by then certainly, the Norman castle was on its present site.
Manon Evans (2 years ago)
Lovely local castle with fab scenery, staff very friendly. very enjoyable for all of us.
Helen Cronin (2 years ago)
I had intended to visit the Castle when its open. However, reading the reviews has put me off. The Council not maintaining it, incorrect opening times on the website (suppose we drive for hours to get there & the petrol costs of that?), then the rogue attendant who seems to get a kick out of trapping vehicles inside the car park, has a giggle at their expense then shows up as they have managed to extricate themselves after hours of waiting for him!! Nightmare.
john webster (2 years ago)
Great place to visit very friendly people.
Ange Hyam (2 years ago)
Problem was it was closed. Covid19- I imagine! It looked like it had great potential and hopefully we will get to see it in the future!
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