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Castle:Dolwyddelan Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government


LL25 0JD



A visit to this solitary sentinel is worth it for the views alone. Castles and mountains. Dolwyddelan and Snowdonia. Made for each other. Improving on nature’s handiwork is easier said than done but this beauty blends beautifully with its craggy home. A blot it is not. Thank the Prince of Gwynedd in north Wales and de facto ruler of most of Wales, Llywelyn Fawr (Llywelyn the Great).

Llywelyn (1173 - 1240), knew his square mile like nobody else. Dolwyddelan, along with nearby Dolbadarn and Prysor, formed a collection of strategically important mountain fortresses for the Welsh ruler. After his day, his grandson Llywelyn ap Gruffudd took over the castle. He kept Edward’s forces at bay for a while.

The magnificent keep was later supplemented by Llywelyn with a stone curtain wall enclosing the courtyard. The English went on to refortify the castle and add another rectangular tower. It didn’t fare as well as the original. Maybe there is justice after all as it now lies in ruins.

With a little restorative help from the Victorians, this 13th-century fortress is now a masterpiece.

Coach parties acceptedRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 April 2020 - 30 September Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday 11.30am - 4.00pm.
1 October - 31 March 2021 Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.30am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.


Prices from April 2020 - March 2021:
Adult -
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) -
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans -
Children under 5 - Free




LL25 0JD


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

Map reference: SH 721523  Lat: 53.05298 Long: -3.90847

Travelling north-east on the A470 from Blaenau Ffestiniog towards Betws-y-Coed, pass a left turn signed Roman Bridge railway station and after a mile, car park for the Castle on left.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1.3 miles from Dolwyddelan station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed