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Castle:Llawhaden Castle (Cadw)

  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, free entry

Llawhaden Castle

Llawhaden Castle


Occupying a commanding location amongst serene forest and rolling farmland, Llawhaden’s unconventional mix of military and decorative features reveal its main purpose in life: that of a fortified mansion more than out-and-out castle, designed as a residence for the wealthy bishops of St Davids who liked their home comforts.

The site had seen much active service before being reconstructed along its present lines in the 14th century by Bishop David Martin. There were private apartments, a courtyard, lodgings for guests and quarters for a permanent garrison. Most impressive of all is the front of the gatehouse, added in the later 14th century, still standing to its full height.

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.


Free entry




SA67 8HL


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

Map reference: SN 072174  Lat: 51.82199 Long: -4.79785

Turn off the A40 between Whitland and Haverfordwest at the Canaston Bridge roundabout where signed to Llawhaden and Castle (B4314 and immediately left). Turn right at a junction when you reach the village and follow the Castle signs.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4.5 miles from Clunderwen station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed