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image for Castle item typeKidwelly Castle at Kidwelly Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £2.40-£4

Kidwelly Castle

Kidwelly Castle

Kidwelly Castle

Details

Kidwelly is on a par with the other great castles of Wales. 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 Glyn Dwr’s efforts to stop it going up in the first place.

As with any old building of this nature, access will always be an issue but in replacing the timber framed footbridge at the main entrance we have created a much more wheelchair-friendly environment. The works also threw up one other unexpected bonus in the shape of a mysterious underground passage!

Gift shopPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 September - 31 October 2018 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
1 November 2018 - 28 February 2019 Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
1 March - 30 June 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm.
1 July - 31 August 2019 Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid until March 2019
Adult - £4.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children under 16) - £11.60
Seniors £3.20
Students and children under 16 - £2.40
Children under 5 - Free

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Kidwelly,
Carmarthenshire,
SA17 5BQ

Location

Directions

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

Map reference: SN 408070  Lat: 51.73903 Long: -4.30707

M4 West Junction 48 & A4138 signed for Llanelli; take the A484 (signed for Town Centre) and continue on the A484 through Pembrey and on towards Kidwelly. Left at the roundabout where signed for the town and the Castle and continue through the town; the Castle will be signed on the right.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Kidwelly station

Facilities

  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed