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Castle:Wiston Castle (Cadw)

  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, free entry

Wiston Castle

Wiston Castle

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Details

Probably built by an early Flemish settler with the unusual name of Wizo, Wiston is one of the best-preserved motte-and-bailey castles in Wales (a motte is a small hill, usually fortified, surrounded by an open area, or bailey, inside an outer wall). First appearing in documents in 1147 when it was attacked by the Welsh, Wiston Castle had a short but eventful life. The Welsh attacked again in 1193, this time led by Hywel Sais (son of The Lord Rhys, ruler of this part of Wales), before the native prince Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) finished the job and destroyed it in 1220.

The remains of the stone shell-keep – a later addition to the motte – still stand up to 13ft/4m high in places, largely unbroken but for a section to the north possibly brought down in Llywelyn’s attack.

Regional Tourist Board Member

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

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

Wiston,
Haverfordwest,
Pembrokeshire,
SA62 4PN

Location

Directions

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

Map reference: SN 022180  Lat: 51.82634 Long: -4.87158

Travelling west on the A40 from Whitland towards Haverfordwest, continue through Canaston Bridge and just prior to Slebech, turn right where signed to Wiston. Continue on this lane following the signs to Wiston. Access is via a kissing gate opposite the main entrance; it is situated within farmland. Site limited to walkers only.

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Haverfordwest station

Facilities

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