Llansteffan Castle sits on a much older Iron Age promontory fort, proving Llansteffan has been inhabited for several millennia. The hill where the castle stands commands the River Tywi estuary. The hill would have been stripped of trees so that foot soldiers were vulnerable to attack by archers. The original earthworks can still be seen and were used as part of the modern castle's defence system - the castle proper rests within the earthwork rings.

The castle was built by the Normans after 1100 as part of their invasion of Wales and granted to the Marmion family before passing to the de Camvilles through marriage.

It was captured by Maredudd ap Gruffydd in 1146 against the forces of Maurice FitzGerald, Lord of Lanstephan and his brother William FitzGerald, Lord of Emlyn who were the leading Norman settlers of the region. The castle was retaken by the Normans in 1158. Llywelyn the Great recaptured the castle for the Welsh in 1215 and taken back by the de Camville family sometime after 1223. The castle fell to Llywelyn ap Gruffudd in 1257 but returned to the de Camvilles by the 1260s.

The castle was captured twice by the forces of Owain Glyndŵr in 1403 and c.1405. It was recaptured by Sir John Pennes in 1408. The castle was later granted to the Crown and the two-tower Gatehouse was converted into a residence.



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Michael Davies (6 months ago)
It was great, it is a lovely walk with the dog, put the dog on the lead as you pass the farm apart than that she was off the lead. Great views
Chris Philpot (7 months ago)
I visited Llansteffan Castle with friends in November 2019. It's a fascinating building to explore with an interesting history and breathtaking views. Plus, its location at the peak of a steep hill means it's great for your step count, too!
Patrick Anderson (7 months ago)
Nice little castle which is a short walk from Llansteffan, nice views from around the castle. Visited in lockdown so not sure what's different in normal times. Worth strolling up for a look
Dad's Phone (7 months ago)
Quite sultry over the top to Scott’s Bay with a fresh walk back along the beach. Lots of sand has come back along the cliff edge ?
ItsTheDogLifeStardew (lydsdoge) (12 months ago)
It's really cool, and you can practically feel the history. There are a few places that could potentially be dangerous, but only if you don't look where you're going.
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