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image for Castle item typeDinefwr Castle (Cadw)

  • Cadw Welsh Government
  • National Trust

Castle, free entry

Dinefwr Castle

Dinefwr Castle

Details

Dinefwr Castle not only occupies a place of great affection in the minds and traditions of the Welsh people but also majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi valley. The site is forever associated with the princes of Deheubarth, the kingdom in south-west Wales.

A lack of available excavation data means uncertainty remains as to the shape, form and history of any earlier fortifications, which may underlie the medieval castles. Despite this, present evidence suggests very strongly that the history of Dinefwr Castle is entwined with the rule of the Lord Rhys (d. 1197).

Over time the castle changed hands between the princes of Deheubarth and gradually evolved into formidable fortresses. It eventually fell to the English Crown from 1287, serving as centres of royal administration and authority.

By the end of the Middle Ages the castle had become ivy-clad ruins. However, Dinefwr received a new lease of life when a conical roof constructed atop the keep created a picturesque summerhouse. It became an eighteenth-century picnicker’s paradise!

Accepts groups

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Opening Details

Open all the time

Open 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

Llandeilo,
Carmarthenshire,
SA19 6RT

Location

Directions

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

Map reference: SN 614225  Lat: 51.88378 Long: -4.01516

From the end of the M4, take the A483 to Llandeilo, through the town and left where signed to Dinefwr Park.
From the east on the A40, south-west from Llandovery and left at roundabout for the A483 and the town; up the hill and right where signed to Dinefwr Park.
From the west on the A40 from Carmarthen, turn right where signed for Llandeilo and Dinefwr Park.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Llandeilo station

Facilities

  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted