Carreg Cennen Castle (Cadw)

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An attack on the castle must have presented a daunting prospect. Drop dead gorgeous and also very clever. A killer combination. Attackers scaling the steep cliffs might as well have signed their own death warrants. The chances of returning alive were slim.

Carreg Cennen’s defences exploited the natural environment to great effect, glued to the sheer cliff-face on all sides. The stronghold led a chequered life however, falling into Welsh and English hands during the troubled medieval period.

The first masonry castle on this site was probably the work of the Lord Rhys in the late 12th century, but it is more than likely John Giffard, handed the fortress by Edward I in 1283, that we should thank for the castle we see today.

The end came in 1462 during the War of the Roses when the castle was vandalised by 500 Yorkist men brandishing not swords but picks and crowbars. It had been a Lancastrian hideout.

Carreg Cennen is one of the National Park's top ten sites for stargazing.

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Guide Prices

Prices valid from April 2019;
Adult - £5.50
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £16.00
Seniors £4.50
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £3.50
Children under 5 - Free



  • On-site light refreshments


  • Children welcome


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

South from Llandeilo on the A483 Swansea road; at the next village (Ffairfach) left at the mini roundabout where signed to the Castle (the right turn here is the A476 Llanelli road).
Bus: 5km/3mls Llandeilo, route No 280/281, Carmarthen-Llandeilo/Llandovery.
Bike: NCN Route No.47 (15km/9mls).

Accessible by Public Transport: Llandeilo station is 5 miles away.

Carreg Cennen Castle (Cadw)


Tir y Castell Farm, Trapp, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 6UA

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Opening Times

* 1 April - 31 October Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm.
1 November - 31 March Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm; Closed Christmas Day.
The whole site is closed and the car park is locked at 6.30pm daily.

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