Dolwyddelan Castle (Cadw)

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A visit to this solitary sentinel is worth it for the views alone. Castles and mountains. Dolwyddelan and Snowdonia. Made for each other. Improving on nature’s handiwork is easier said than done but this beauty blends beautifully with its craggy home. A blot it is not. Thank the Prince of Gwynedd in north Wales and de facto ruler of most of Wales, Llywelyn Fawr (Llywelyn the Great).

Llywelyn (1173 - 1240), knew his square mile like nobody else. Dolwyddelan, along with nearby Dolbadarn and Prysor, formed a collection of strategically important mountain fortresses for the Welsh ruler. After his day, his grandson Llywelyn ap Gruffudd took over the castle. He kept Edward’s forces at bay for a while.

The magnificent keep was later supplemented by Llywelyn with a stone curtain wall enclosing the courtyard. The English went on to refortify the castle and add another rectangular tower. It didn’t fare as well as the original. Maybe there is justice after all as it now lies in ruins.

With a little restorative help from the Victorians, this 13th-century fortress is now a masterpiece.

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Guide Prices

Prices from April 2020 - March 2021:
Adult -
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) -
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans -
Children under 5 - Free



  • Children welcome


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Travelling north-east on the A470 from Blaenau Ffestiniog towards Betws-y-Coed, pass a left turn signed Roman Bridge railway station and after a mile, car park for the Castle on left.

Accessible by Public Transport: Dolwyddelan station is 1.3 miles away.

Dolwyddelan Castle (Cadw)


Dolwyddelan, Conwy, LL25 0JD

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Opening Times

* 1 April 2020 - 30 September Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday 11.30am - 4.00pm.
1 October - 31 March 2021 Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.30am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

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