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  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £2.40-£4

Cilgerran,
Cardigan,
SA43 2SF

Details

This beautifully located castle has a romantic air. The coracle, a one-person boat native to these parts, has a history dating back thousands of years. Cilgerran Castle, which overlooks the Teifi, a river favoured by the peculiar vessel, isn’t doing too badly either. Almost 800 years young and counting.

Take the wall-walk to truly appreciate why it was built here. Stunning location. Perfect for stunning attackers. The Normans first saw the potential and established an early ‘ringwork’ castle here, but the imposing masonry castle we see today was probably the work of William Marshal, earl of Pembroke.

Cilgerran is first mentioned by name in 1165, when the Lord Rhys captured the castle. It was retaken by William Marshal in 1204, only to be taken again by the Welsh during Llywelyn the Great’s campaigns in 1215. However, eight years later, William’s son, another William, regained control.

Traditionally, medieval castles were designed with a keep or strong tower at the centre but Cilgerran Castle is unusual because two massive round towers were erected instead. These, despite Owain Glyn Dwr’s best efforts, still stand to a good height today.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsGift shopPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Dogs on leads welcome.

Opening Details

Open all the time

24 March - 4 November 2018 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm.
6 November 2018 - 31 March 2019 Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm. Free entry during this period. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid until March 2019
Adult - £4.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children under 16) - £11.60
Seniors £3.20
Students and children under 16 - £2.40
Children under 5 - Free

Address

Cilgerran,
Cardigan,
SA43 2SF

Location and nearby places

Directions

Plan route to Cilgerran Castle (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 194430  Lat: 52.05671 Long: -4.63486

South from Cardigan on the A478 (signed for Tenby); at Bridell, left where signed to the Castle.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 21 miles from Fishguard & Goodwick station

Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Dogs on leads welcome.

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