image for Castle item typeDolforwyn Castle

Dolforwyn Castle

Dolforwyn Castle

  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, free entry




01443 336000


SY15 6JJ


The remains of this castle, begun by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd ('the Last') in 1273 and captured by the English in 1277, have been revealed by excavations.

Dolforwyn Castle was built between 1273-77 by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (Llywelyn the Last) as a forward position in his territory, and overlooking the English lordship of Montgomery.

This rectangular castle crowns a ridge along the Severn valley, and was obviously designed to act as a sentinel over Llywelyn's south-eastern frontier. Its initial construction led King Edward I to write to Prince Llywelyn in 1273, forbidding him to build the castle. The prince replied, with a masterpiece of ironic politeness, that he did not require the king's permission to raise a stronghold in his own principality.

Dolforwyn was, however, taken by Roger Mortimer after a fortnight's siege in 1277, and given to the Mortimers, a powerful marcher family. The castle was kept in repair for some years, but was ruinous by 1398.

Coach parties acceptedAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Opening Details

Open all the time

Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Free entry



Plan route to Dolforwyn Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 152949  Lat: 52.54606 Long: -3.25092

Travel south-west on the A483 from Welshpool towards Newtown; just before the left turn for the B4386 to Clun and Abermule, turn right where signed to the Castle. Left at the next fork (also signed) and continue on this lane; small car park signed on left.

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Newtown station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
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