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  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, free entry

Llansteffan Castle

Llansteffan Castle

Details

Llansteffan Castle stands on a headland overlooking the sand-flats of the mouth of the river Tywi.

The natural strength and strategic importance of this stunning location was recognised by the Norman invaders of Wales who established an earth-and-timber enclosure, or 'ringwork', within the ancient defences of an Iron Age fort.

The castle controlled an important river crossing and it changed hands several times during fierce fighting between the Normans and the Welsh. The transformation of the early earth-and-timber stronghold into the powerful masonry castle visible today was the work of the Camville family who held the castle from the late twelfth to the early fourteenth century.

The castle was held briefly by Owain Glyndwr’s supporters in 1405-06. At the close of the fifteenth century, King Henry VII granted it to his uncle, Jasper Tudor, who was probably responsible for blocking the great gatehouse passage to create additional accommodation.

Regional Tourist Board Member

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

Daily 10:00 - 16:00. Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Llansteffan,
Carmarthenshire,
SA33 5LW

Location

Directions

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

Map reference: SN 352104  Lat: 51.76853 Long: -4.38895

From Carmarthen, take the A40 west and turn off onto the B4312 signed for Llansteffan. Continue on this road through the village, left after The Castle Inn and driveway to Castle on right.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 9 miles from Carmarthen station

Facilities

  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed