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Kidwelly Castle

Castle Road | Kidwelly, Carmarthen SA17 5BQ, Wales
+44 1554 890104
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Surprisingly Good

Quite a bit of this stunning castle is in good repair, so you can spend an hour or two exploring... read more

Reviewed yesterday
pforr306
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Llanybydder, United Kingdom
A good day out.

A great castle to visit, plenty of interest for younger children as well as the historical interest... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
HelenBJLlandovery
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Llandovery
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Kidwelly is on a par with the other great castles of Wales. We all get our moments. But if you want a truly medieval moment, catch a glimpse of Kidwelly shrouded in early morning mist. Spine-tingling stuff. So complete and well-preserved it’s a match for any of the great castles of Wales. The earliest castle on the site was Norman and made of earth and timber. The town itself is equally ancient, established around 1115 AD. By the time the 13th century had come along the castle had been rebuilt in stone, following the half-moon shape taken by the Normans. The Chaworth family built the compact but powerful inner ward and the castle was later modified by the earls (eventually dukes) of Lancaster. Kidwelly benefited from the latest thinking in castle design. It had a concentric design with one circuit of defensive walls set within another to allow the castle to be held even if the outer wall should fall.
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Castle Road | Kidwelly, Carmarthen SA17 5BQ, Wales
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"well worth a visit"
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"nooks and crannies"
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"information boards"
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"wall walk"
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"small car park"
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"gift shop"
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"guide book"
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"entrance fee"
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"great place to visit"
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"surrounding countryside"
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"great views from the top"
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"few hours"
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"lots of history"
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"free entry"
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Reviewed yesterday

Quite a bit of this stunning castle is in good repair, so you can spend an hour or two exploring it. A CADW property, so free if you are a member, but well worth the entry charge anyway. I regard this castle as an unsung...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A great castle to visit, plenty of interest for younger children as well as the historical interest for the adults.

Thank HelenBJLlandovery
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the drive from Carmarthen. The ruin was largely remaining situation you could work out the shape. The views from the top of the tower and the walkway were beautiful.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s such a lovely castle ruin. It’s nice to go up into the rooms and all around the old wall, but it’s also just relaxing to sit on a be ch and imagine what it was like when it was used. A must see if...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had time to spare in Kidwelly so I thought a visit to the castle should be quite interesting. I am so glad that I did. The entrance is through the gift shop with very friendly staff. I thought the £4 admission fee was very...More

Thank David E
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can take dogs in though they have to remain on the grounds level which is fine as we took it in turns to visit other areas, great castle lots to explore, well worth a visit.

Thank Ann S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Kidwelly Castle is in the centre of the town, very accessible and with plenty of information about the castle and its history. One of the best of the minor castles in Wales and well worth a visit.

Thank Terry M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful experience for both children and adults..Go back in time to the wonders of the Castle..Walk around the ramparts and visit the rooms where you feel the past.. Re enactions take place in the summer Holidays.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed at the park dean caravan park nearby and saw the castle when we drove through the village. We wen5 on a very hot day and there was plenty of cool shade and cool rooms to checkout in and around the castle It cost us...More

Thank Hawesdp
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the castle many times, excellent views, perhaps could do with some more information boards and illustrations of maybe what it would’ve looked like during its use would add to the atmosphere. Don’t be dumb and bring a pram because they didn’t have them in...More

Thank Greasy L
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dcss2017
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Response from Stephen C | Reviewed this property |
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dannig75
3 June 2015|
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Response from Cadw_Wales | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. A family ticket for Kidwelly castle (which will permit entry for two adults and two children under 16) is £12.00. More information on ticket prices and site information can be found on the... More
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dannig75
3 June 2015|
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Response from Cadw_Wales | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Prices for Kidwelly Castle are as follows: Adult - £4.00 Family - £12.00* Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £3.00 Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free More information... More
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