Llandovery Castle is a late thirteenth-century ruin which occupies a knoll overlooking the River Towy and the land surrounding it. The Normans built a castle in the current location in the early twelfth century and this was rebuilt in stone. It was burnt in the early sixteenth century and never repaired.

A Norman knight, Richard Fitz Pons, received the lordship of Cantref Bychan in 1116 and he probably began construction of a motte-and-bailey castle in same year. It was repeatedly lost to the Princes of Deheubarth over the next several generations. King Henry II of England spent a great deal of money repairing the castle in 1159–62, but the Welsh captured it regardless. It finally fell to the English under Edward I in 1277. It was briefly retaken by Welsh forces under Llywelyn ap Gruffudd five years later. The castle was then granted to John Giffard, 1st Baron Giffard, who likely rebuilt it in stone. The building passed to the baronial Audley family of Heleigh in 1299 (who later inherited the lordship of Cemaes in north Pembrokeshire) and then into the Touchet family in the fourteenth century. King Henry IV of England visited the castle in 1400 and it was besieged during the Owain Glyndŵr rebellion three years later. The castle was burnt in a rebellion led by Hywel ap Rhys in 1532 and was never rebuilt.

The keep is a large D-shaped tower on the western side of the castle. The gatehouse has two towers on the north side with a well-tower. There are also remnants of the curtain wall around the filled-in ditch.



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Mark Long (2 months ago)
Driving on the A40 it is worth pulling into main car park at Llandovery to see the castle ruins and the amazing statue of Llewellyn. Car park is free between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm Monday to Wednesday. Don't forget to still put your registration number in machine to obtain free tickets.
george Mills (3 months ago)
Brilliant large car park. Toilets, but bring your 20p or you won't get in.
Gina Williams (9 months ago)
My Grandchildren enjoyed playing in the ruins of the castle. Nice playground along side the ruins ?
Philip Cooper (10 months ago)
Seems that this little town is worth a visit and the castle ruins just make it even more worthwhile
David Dando (10 months ago)
Lovely town ,great walks for the dogs to explore ,along the river. Nice eateries, watering holes,especially the Rugby club.
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