Dolforwyn Castle

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Discover Dolforwyn Castle, an ancient fortress nestled on a picturesque ridge above the enchanting Severn Valley near Newtown. Originally constructed between 1273 and 1277 by the Welsh Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, also known as Llywelyn the Last, this imposing stronghold served as a strategic vantage point overseeing the English lordship of Montgomery. Ascend the steep path leading to the castle and delight in the fact that entry is free.

Immerse yourself in the captivating tale of Welsh-English conflict as you explore the rich history that surrounds Dolforwyn Castle. The sweeping panoramic views from its elevated position alone make this destination an absolute must-visit.

Perched majestically atop a ridge, this rectangular castle was meticulously designed to safeguard Llywelyn's southeastern frontier. Its very construction prompted a letter from King Edward I to Prince Llywelyn in 1273, forbidding him from erecting the castle. In a display of masterful irony and politeness, the prince replied that he required no permission from the king to raise a stronghold within his own principality.

Dolforwyn Castle fell to Roger Mortimer after a determined siege lasting two weeks in 1277. Subsequently, it was granted to the Mortimers, a formidable marcher family. While the castle was maintained for several years, its once-mighty walls eventually succumbed to ruin by 1398.

While visiting Dolforwyn Castle, be sure to explore the nearby attractions as well. Just a short distance away, you'll find the splendid Powis Castle and Gardens, as well as the historic Montgomery Castle, both well worth a visit.

Embark on a journey to Dolforwyn Castle, where centuries of history come to life, offering an unforgettable experience amidst breathtaking scenery and remarkable tales of resilience.

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  • Children welcome

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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.

Public Transport Directions

Public Transport: Newtown railway station is 6 miles away.

Dolforwyn Castle (Cadw)


Abermule, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY15 6JJ

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Opening Times

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


Montgomery Castle (Cadw), MontgomeryMontgomery Castle is a masonry castle standing on a rocky promontory above the town of Montgomery. Precipitous slopes to the north and east make this an excellent defensive site.

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