Dolwyddelan Castle

This stone castle was the property of the father of Llywelyn the Great and supposed to be Llywelyn's birth place. Little is known of the history of the castle except that it was captured by Edward I in January of 1283. The castle now has the remains of two towers set high on the ridge with ditches cut into the rock for protection.

Dolwyddelan Castle Key Facts
CountyConwy (6 castles)
DirectionsOn the A470 about ten miles to the south-west of of Betws-y-coed
CategoriesStone
RemainsSmall amount survives
Access to siteOnly open at certain times
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Park at the bottom of the hill. It's a steep climb to the castle.


YearMonthEvent
1283   Construction of Conway Castle begun
 After capturing Dolwyddelan, Edward moved up the river Conway to its mouth and a new castle was ordered. The castle's design and size were chosen to prove the royal power of the English King. The construction took until 1297.

Episode: Edward I and Wales  
 Jan  Dolwyddelan Castle captured
 After the death of Lleweyln Edward was free to occupy all the previous strongholds of the Welsh Princes. In 1283 Edward attacked and captured the Welsh castle at Dolyyddlan.

Episode: Edward I and Wales  

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