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  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, free entry

Ewloe Castle

Ewloe Castle

Details

Ewloe Castle is a mid 13th century stone keep and courtyard fortress, founded by Prince Llewellyn ap Gruffydd. Built around 1257, there is no known history of this typically Welsh castle, which is thought to have been abandoned after King Edward I invasion of Wales in 1277.

On a narrow ridge, against the steep slope formed by the valley of the Wepre Brook, the upper ward stands on a scarped and revetted knoll.

Set within an irregular walled enclosure, with its southern half standing to the original height, is a characteristic two storey apsidal-ended keep and the steps of its forebuilding.

To the west, the lower walled enclosure with its well and a large circular two storey tower, abuts to the upper ward but there is no obvious access between the two.

Defended from the south, by a deep rock-cut ditch, with a substantial counterscarp bank, the castle is shielded by a great rampart on the lip of the valley above.

Accepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

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

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Deeside,
CH5 3BZ

Location

Directions

Plan route to Ewloe Castle (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 288671  Lat: 53.19699 Long: -3.06658

From the A484, take the B5129 signed for Queensferry, continue to Connah's Quay and Ewloe Castle signed on left.

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Shotton station

Facilities

  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed