Llandovery Castle

Llandovery, United Kingdom

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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Founded: 1116
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Mark Lees (14 months ago)
The remains If a small mother and bileyim type castle. Mould is most impressive, some stone work remains. Great place to see up and down the valley. Some sign board to explain history of the castle, and an interesting Steel knight peice of art. Car parking was plentigul and free. Well worth a visit.
Annie Charles (15 months ago)
This castle is situated in a car park. The parking varies from 90p a hour to £3 all day. There are toilets they are 20p though. The castle is small with a walk round it and up to.
Stephen Beale (15 months ago)
It's a small castle with only a few ruins right above a car park but it's central location in town and nice views make it good fun, but don't expect much to explore - there's only a few ruins. Would be hard for anyone with mobility issues to get up the steep incline.
Paul Roberts (2 years ago)
Although the castle is just a small ruin, the site is worth visiting for the giant stainless steel statue of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd , the last true Prince of Wales.
Sarah M (2 years ago)
Such a lovely place to visit one of my favourite in South Wales it has a wonderful selection of shops and eateries. Not to mention the most amazing Antiques shop just by the train station, I never leave empty handed
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