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Kidwelly Castle

Castle Road | Kidwelly, Carmarthen SA17 5BQ, Wales
+44 1554 890104
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We've visited so-called 'castles' that have ended up being a couple of ditches and a few feet of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Haydn J
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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One of the most impressive ruined castles we've ever visited, and we've visited loads. Great views... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
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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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 6 November 2017

We missed the turning for the castle when we drove into Kidwelly and ended up parking in a dead end street with a castle view. It was an easy walk to the castle and the signage in the village was very good. Along the way...More

Thank KrispyPlymouth
Reviewed 5 November 2017

A beautiful old Castle well worth a visit .With Great views over the river .That was navigable in the past.Good facilities and family friendly Ample Parking in the town

Thank charliep0rt
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely castle to visit. Not highly priced. Lots of children were playing hide and seek which was lovely to see. Lots of areas to explore. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank Puzzle123
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

We ventured out in the rain to visit this landmark and we were lucky to have such a fantastic castle to ourselves for two hours. We toured the grounds with 3 young children and a dog taking care not to slip on any of the...More

Thank Ianskip71
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This castle is such an amazing place to visit! The ruins are like a rabbit warren with nooks and crannies to explore. The lady selling tickets in the gift shop was very helpful and friendly. We were able to leave our bikes safely locked up,...More

Thank capuccinolady
Reviewed 16 October 2017

This is stunning ruin,but like a warren inside it would add so much if it had more interpretation boards (they are sparse) or like some places audio tours. Lovely views from top and nice staff in small shop.

Thank lottie49
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dannig75
3 June 2015|
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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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