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image for Castle item typeKidwelly Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £2.50-£4.20

Kidwelly Castle

Kidwelly Castle

Kidwelly Castle

Details

See Kidwelly Castle rising above the river Gwendraeth on a misty morning and prepare to be amazed. This is the medieval fortress of everyone’s dreams.

That’s probably why it appears in the very first scene of ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. But it would have been no laughing matter to attack this military stronghold.

Kidwelly began in the early 12th century as a Norman ‘ringwork’ castle made of wood and protected only by an earthen bank and ditch. Not surprisingly it was under constant attack by Welsh princes including the Lord Rhys, who captured it in 1159.

Four decades later the Normans were back in charge. By the 1280s the Chaworth brothers, powerful Marcher lords, had created the stone ‘castle within a castle’ that still stands today.

Imagine being a Welsh attacker. First you had to conquer the great gatehouse with its drawbridge and portcullis, a hail of arrows and rocks raining down on you. Breach these outer defences and you were faced by the four towers of the inner ward. No way forward – and nowhere to hide. A true killing zone.

After centuries of see-sawing conflict between Norman invaders and native princes Kidwelly was now a match for any castle in Wales. The gatehouse added by the Duchy of Lancaster was the icing on the cake. Even the forces of Owain Glyndwr couldn’t break through.

Gift shopPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 March - 30 June 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm.
1 July - 31 August 2019 Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm.
1 September - 31 October 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
1 November 2019 - 29 February 2020 Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid from April 2019:
Adult - £4.20
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £12.20
Seniors £3.40
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £2.50
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