|Hawarden Castle Key Facts|
|County||Flintshire (4 castles)|
|Directions||Hawarden Castle is about eight miles to the west of Chester on minor roads (B5125).|
|Categories||Motte & Bailey / Stone|
|Remains||Small amount survives|
|Access to site||Only open at certain times|
|This castle appears to be part of the New Hawarden Estate which is a private residence. Access to the medieval castle is limited.|
|1265||Hawaden Castle attacked by the Welsh|
|Llywelyn attacked Hawarden Castle because Henry de Montfort had promised to hand the castle over to the Welsh but had failed to honour the agreement.|
|1282||Mar||Hawarden Castle captured by the Welsh|
|David ap Gruffydd attacked and took control the castle at Hawarden. The constable, Roger de Clifford, was captured during the attack.|
Episode: Edward I and Wales
The Norman Conquerors built their castles in locations where they could keep control of the local populations of Saxons or at important locations such as river crossings or on key roads. Many motte and bailey castles were built on the border with Wales to try and keep the Welsh at bay. The advantage of this type of castle was that it was quick to construct. Making a fortification from wood was much easier than making one of stone.
Take control of a medieval trebuchet to destroy the enemy castle and capture their flag.
Transport yourself back up to a thousand years and explore historical buildings as they may have appeared in the past.