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Dolwyddelan Castle




Dolwyddelan Castle is located in a prominent position on a hill overlooking the A470 trunk road about a half mile west of Dolwyddelan village in Snowdonia,North Wales. It consists of two rectangular towers linked by an irregular curtain wall. It was built in the early 13th century, as one of the strongholds of the Welsh princes, as a guardpost in the valley which was a main routeway. It was captured by Edward I's forces on January 18, 1283. In the 15th century, an upper storey was added to the keep by Maredudd ap Ieuan. It was restored and partly re-modelled in the 19th Century by Lord Willoughby de Eresby, who added the distinctive battlements.

Llywelyn ab Iorwerth was born less than a quarter of a mile away, in a fortified house close to the river, the site known as Tomen Castell.

In 1980 the castle was transformed into the wizard "Ulrich"'s castle during the making of the film Dragonslayer, all of the outdoor scene's were shot at the castle. The making of the film mean't also utilizing a lot of the local livestock such as chickens and goats to add ambience. Many other locations around the castle were used.

Address Address:

Dolwyddelan Castle
c/o Bryn Tirion Farm,
Gwynedd LL46 2YH

Telephone Telephone:

01690 750366

Wensite Website:

Admission Charges Admission Charge:-

Adult - �2.50, Concession - �2.00, Family - �7.00

Opening Hours Hours:

Spring Opening Times:
1.04.06 - 30.09.06: 10.00 - 18.00 Monday - Saturday, 11.00 - 16.00 Sunday

Summer Opening Times:
1.04.06 - 30.09.06: 10.00 - 18.00 Monday - Saturday, 11.00 - 16.00 Sunday

Autumn Opening Times:
1.04.06 - 30.09.06: 10.00 - 18.00 Monday - Saturday, 11.00 - 16.00 Sunday

Winter Opening Times:
1.10.06 - 3.07: 10.00 - 16.00 Monday - Saturday, 11.00 - 16.00 Sunday
Further Information:
Most sites are closed on 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Full details are available from Cadw Site Operations Unit, tel. 01443 336000. Last admission to all sites is thirty minutes before closing.

Facilities for the Disabled Facilities for the Disabled:

This castle is in a raised position and the path to reach it is steep and uneven. There are information panels and an exhibition.

The car park is 200m (216 yds) from the entrance, by the farmhouse.

The toilets at the farmhouse are not adapted for the disabled.

Disabled visitors and their assisting companion will be admitted free of charge to all monuments. Please note that, for health reasons, dogs are not allowed on Cadw sites, but guide dogs and hearing dogs for the deaf are welcome.


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