Castell Aberlleiniog

Llangoed, United Kingdom

Castell Aberlleiniog (Castle of the Mouth of the Lleiniog) is a motte and bailey fortress near the Welsh village of Llangoed on the Isle of Anglesey, built between 1080 and 1099 by Hugh d'Avranches, 1st Earl of Chester. It is about two miles distant from Beaumaris Castle, and was built atop a very steep hill.

Castell Aberlleiniog is built in a strategic position beside the Menai Strait opposite the Norman castle at Abergwyngregyn, showing that visual communication was important to the Norman invaders. It was probably erected by Hugh d'Avranches, 1st Earl of Chester, when he conquered Gwynedd in 1088. There are few historical documents that detail the events the castle has seen through its life, however some do survive, including a record of a siege in 1094 by Gruffudd ap Cynan on his return from Ireland. The siege was successful, 124 Norman defenders died in the battle. Gruffudd was later successful in driving Hugh out, and after this, Anglesey remained under the control of the Welsh until the arrival of Edward I two hundred years later. It is not known whether they made use of Castell Aberlleiniog.

The original Norman timber structure is long gone, replaced by a stone structure at some point prior to the mid-17th century, when it was destroyed by Thomas Cheadle, the constable of Beaumaris. The site was restored from 2008 and is (2016) open to the public. The keep had broad ramparts fronted by a narrow wall rising to a parapet; each corner contained a round tower, the remains of which can still be seen.



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Llangoed, United Kingdom
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Founded: 1080-1090
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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G.M_ Unplugged (10 months ago)
Free Beachside carpark Approximately 10ish minutes walk to the castle ruins, through lovely woodland and on a lot of boardwalks, well maintained (not slippery)
Michael Rieveley (11 months ago)
This picturesque small castle, its ruins now hidden amongst trees, has an interesting and varied history. There are well made paths to follow and a pleasant stroll from the car park will get you there in around 20 minutes. You have the option of approaching from the car park on the Menai Strait or that in the village of Llangoed.
Aurora (20 months ago)
Great little walk (if you're coming from the beach parking it might be boggy!) through a nice forest with wildlife and birds all around. The castle itself is small but interesting. This is a great "bonus" stop if you're out and about around Beaumaris and/or Penmon!
Nadine Snowsill (20 months ago)
There is a beautiful, well marked woodland walk from the coast of the Menai Straits to this castle, an original Norman Moated Motte, on which was later built a stone folly. With birdsong all around, and a moat dotted with flowers, it is hugely atmospheric ( and free!)
Anna Reynolds (21 months ago)
A lovely baby castle, or at least it felt that way. We ambled along a well made up path from parking further down the road, over some wooden bridges, through a wood full of spring flowers, rabbits, and birdsong. We didn't see another soul. The castle is a tiny stone built thing on a big motte with an impressive ditch. Four tiny towers and connecting walls. It's a bit of an ascent to the top of the motte but not very hard work.
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