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Kidwelly Castle

Castle Road | Kidwelly, Carmarthen SA17 5BQ, Wales
+44 1554 890104
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Excellent morning / afternoon out

We really enjoyed our visit to the castle and would recommend to others whilst in the area. Please... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
djcarlos2001
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Southampton, UK
Great location for family visit

Great visit with family to explore and get out of the house. Fabulous location to have photos and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jaj15
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Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our visit to the castle and would recommend to others whilst in the area. Please note, there is a very small car park which I can imagine gets busy in the summer, therefore parking on sides road may be necessary,

Thank djcarlos2001
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great visit with family to explore and get out of the house. Fabulous location to have photos and visit the past!

Thank jaj15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in on the off chance when passing through. A great little Castle, very interesting in layout, and nicely presented. Worth a visit.

Thank cathrynthompson8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great castle to visit. We’ve visited many in England, Wales, and Scotland. This is one of the best if you like ruins! The lady selling tickets was so friendly and even had a packet of dog treats so gave one to our...More

Thank LAJAMoo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic castle to visit you can climb over almost all of it. Fantastic views across the estuary. Don't only visit the castle go down to the dockside or even visit the industrial museum nearby. (Check the opening times of the museum before you go )...More

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really like Kidwelly castle, it is very much a ruin, but it is a great example of a Norman and medieval fortress. It stands in an imposing position in this quaint little village.

Thank danfoster40
Reviewed 14 November 2017

We've visited so-called 'castles' that have ended up being a couple of ditches and a few feet of old stones. Not here! This is the real thing. A well preserved fine example of castledom! In fact, just a few upvc windows and a bit of...More

Thank Haydn J
Reviewed 9 November 2017

One of the most impressive ruined castles we've ever visited, and we've visited loads. Great views over the river. And as the castle is in the town cafes etc very accessible. I particularly loved the street from the castle leading to the old city gate.

Thank elizabethbD3436PH
Reviewed 8 November 2017

A lot of castles, while authentic and original, will not detain you long as there isn't a lot left to see. Not Kidwelly Castle! It's huge and you can spend a good hour at least exploring its inside as well as its formidable-looking outside, which...More

Thank lonewolf44
Reviewed 7 November 2017

The imagination of the young and the "older" person can run riot. A lovely place to visit especially with a young family. At certain times of the year there reenactments performed which give the Castle that authentic atmosphere,

Thank anjadennis1
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dcss2017
14 July 2017|
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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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