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Kidwelly Castle

We all get our moments. But if you want a truly medieval moment, catch a glimpse of Kidwelly shrouded in early morning mist. Spine-tingling stuff. So complete and well-preserved it’s a match for any of the great castles of Wales.

The earliest castle on the site was Norman and made of earth and timber. The town itself is equally ancient, established around 1115 AD. By the time the 13th century had come along the castle had been rebuilt in stone, following the half-moon shape taken by the Normans. The Chaworth family built the compact but powerful inner ward and the castle was later modified by the earls (eventually dukes) of Lancaster.

Kidwelly benefited from the latest thinking in castle design. It had a concentric design with one circuit of defensive walls set within another to allow the castle to be held even if the outer wall should fall. The great gatehouse was begun late in the 14th century but it wasn’t completed until 1422, thanks in part to Owain Glyndŵr’s efforts to stop it going up in the first place.

Just outside the gatehouse stands a memorial to Princess Gwenllian who died in battle in 1136 not far from Kidwelly fighting the lord of the castle, Maurice de Londres, to save Deheubarth – south-west Wales - from Norman invaders.

Burgess Hill is situated in the midst of the beautiful Sussex countryside - a perfect base to explore the county and within an hour's train ride to London. There is lots to do both in the town and the surrounding area. Click on the links below (and left) to find out more 

  • Disabled visitor and companion admitted free
  • There is an incline to main entrance. Access is on a wide concrete path with a non slip surface, which leads on to a wooden slatted bridge
  • There is wheelchair/buggy access in visitor centre and the monument
  • Access to upper levels of monument is limited to walkers
  • Approx. 11 parking spaces on site. There is a large free parking area a short walk from the monument. There is 1 dedicated disabled space

E-mail: KidwellyCastle@wales.gsi.gov.uk
Website: http://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/kidwellycastle/?lang=en

Address / Location:
Castle Rd, Kidwelly SA17 5BQ

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