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Kidwelly Castle

Castle Road | Kidwelly, Carmarthen SA17 5BQ, Wales
+44 1554 890104
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A place to go in the morning before the shops open. Full of history and easy walking around the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
kathyhK9551WZ
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Las vegas
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A perfect castle

An absolutely stunning castle sitting proudly atop a hill still dominating its surroundings. It is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
KS&HC
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Pontypridd, 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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"well worth a visit"
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"nooks and crannies"
in 15 reviews
"wall walk"
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"information boards"
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"small car park"
in 10 reviews
"gift shop"
in 21 reviews
"guide book"
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"steep steps"
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"entrance fee"
in 6 reviews
"great place to visit"
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"surrounding countryside"
in 5 reviews
"great views from the top"
in 5 reviews
"small town"
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"lots of history"
in 5 reviews
"friendly staff"
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"few hours"
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"little gem"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A place to go in the morning before the shops open. Full of history and easy walking around the grounds. Beautiful view of the city

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Reviewed 4 days ago

An absolutely stunning castle sitting proudly atop a hill still dominating its surroundings. It is still pretty much intact so is an excellent example to show children what a castle should look like. I really enjoyed it as the perfect castle. Easy access with a...More

Thank KS&HC
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in after reading the reviews on here. It’s definitely a hidden gem of a castle - lots of places to explore especially good for the children! (Don’t let them venture too much on their own, they can easily venture through barriers and have an...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kidwelly castle is impressive to look at from the outside and the entrance sets the tone of what is to follow. From the little shop right up to the massive entrance everything is so well looked after and will set the tone for the visit....More

Thank helen e
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited before but Cadw have opened up the Chapel tower so we visited again. This is one of the best in Wales up with the big 4. Lots to see, and a lovely area around the castle. There is a shop and toilets...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here on a beautiful sunny day. Nobody around! Very informative and impressive grounds. Worth a visit with the kids.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As others have said, this is a large castle which seems to extend as you walk through. The shop staff were especially helpful. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superb castle, wonderful setting, friendly staff, on par with bigger Castles, i.e. Caerphilly Castle. Well worth a visit.

Thank Huw G
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A well preserved, unrestored building in a spectacular, setting. A fine example of how a mediaeval castle should be presented.

Thank Corrich
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Reviewed April 20, 2018

Visited Kidwelly castle 18/4/18, lovelies ladies in the shop, very pleasant and helpful. Had brilliant time looking around the castle and enjoying the magnificent views. The castle and grounds are steeped in atmosphere and well worth a visit.

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dcss2017
July 14, 2017|
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Response from Stephen C | Reviewed this property |
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dannig75
June 3, 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
June 3, 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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