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  • Cadw Welsh Government

Open Day, Sun 17 Sep 2017, free entry

Guided Tour

Guided Tour


Join us for a tour of this spectacular castle.

Castell y Bere was a remote outpost on Llywelyn’s southern frontier, but it was vital to his security. It guarded his cattle range, protected the homeland of Gwynedd and dominated the neighbouring lordship of Meirionnydd.

Llywelyn ab Iorwerth was Prince; but cattle were king! In medieval Wales cattle were as good as currency. This location was so important that Llywelyn was prepared to take it from his own son Gruffudd in 1221, so that he could begin building a castle.

After Llywelyn died his successors continued to use it. It was taken by English king Edward I, in 1283. He made alterations to the castle and hoped an English frontier town would grow here. It never happened. The English abandoned the site during an uprising against their rule in 1294.

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Sun 17 Sep 2017 11:00 to 16:00
Tours at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm.


Free entry

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Plan route to Castell y Bere using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 672088  Lat: 52.66124 Long: -3.96443

Take the A483 north-east from Tywyn; right onto the B4405 (signed Talyllyn) to Abergynolwyn and left in the village where signed to Castell-y-bere.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Tywyn station


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