The castle, or rather a fortified court in Candleston, was founded in the 14th century on the initiative of the Cantilupe family. It could have been built on the site of an earlier building from the 13th century. At the end of the fifteenth century, it was renovated and rebuilt by Mathew Cradock, a constable of castles in Caerphilly and Kenfig, and around 1500 transformations were made in the range of the great hall. Further modifications were carried out in the 17th century, when a new range was added next to the hall building. The lands of the estate in the Middle Ages were covered with sand from nearby dunes and lost their value, but the building remained inhabited until the 19th century. The last person living in the court was Sir John Nichol. When in 1808 he built a new residence, Candleston was sold and used by new owners as a farm. Eventually it was abandoned at the end of the 19th century and fell into disrepair.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Olga Habs (7 months ago)
Love coming here, the castle ruins and the dunes near by, plenty of areas to explore. Bring picnic and plenty of water.
Byron Jones (9 months ago)
Great place with lots of history right on the heritage coast and sand dunes
T-N Studios (14 months ago)
A super hidden gem. After hearing about it being haunted, as an empath, I went along, and felt nothing there :) Super details still on the stone. Found this whilst geocaching GC20DRJ
Tim Earp (15 months ago)
When we visited, £3 all day for the car park (coin only). No toilet or refreshments at that time. Dunes are amazing, but are sun traps so if its warm, be prepared to sweat. We didn't make it to the sea but saw loads of wildlife. Enjoyable day out.
Jennifer Davis (15 months ago)
£3 for all day parking. There is a mobile coffee shop in the car park. I took my children there in the hope of some shade and peace and quiet and I was not disappointed. We played on the big dipper sand dune and although we saw lots of other people, it was easy to be away from anyone. We loved exploring the castle ruins. There are lots of walks all the way down to the beach too. A lovely day was had by all.
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