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Castle:Carreg Cennen Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £3.50-£5.50

Tir y Castell Farm,
SA19 6UA



An attack on the castle must have presented a daunting prospect. Drop dead gorgeous and also very clever. A killer combination. Attackers scaling the steep cliffs might as well have signed their own death warrants. The chances of returning alive were slim.

Carreg Cennen’s defences exploited the natural environment to great effect, glued to the sheer cliff-face on all sides. The stronghold led a chequered life however, falling into Welsh and English hands during the troubled medieval period.

The first masonry castle on this site was probably the work of the Lord Rhys in the late 12th century, but it is more than likely John Giffard, handed the fortress by Edward I in 1283, that we should thank for the castle we see today.

The end came in 1462 during the War of the Roses when the castle was vandalised by 500 Yorkist men brandishing not swords but picks and crowbars. It had been a Lancastrian hideout.

Carreg Cennen is one of the National Park's top ten sites for stargazing.

Gift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 April - 31 October Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm.
1 November - 31 March Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm; Closed Christmas Day.
The whole site is closed and the car park is locked at 6.30pm daily.


Prices valid from April 2019;
Adult - £5.50
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £16.00
Seniors £4.50
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £3.50
Children under 5 - Free




Tir y Castell Farm,
SA19 6UA


Plan route to Carreg Cennen Castle (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 667192  Lat: 51.85625 Long: -3.93650

South from Llandeilo on the A483 Swansea road; at the next village (Ffairfach) left at the mini roundabout where signed to the Castle (the right turn here is the A476 Llanelli road).
Bus: 5km/3mls Llandeilo, route No 280/281, Carmarthen-Llandeilo/Llandovery.
Bike: NCN Route No.47 (15km/9mls).

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Llandeilo station


  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed