LLANSTEFFAN CASTLE! Part Three of our Mini Castle Road Trip!

In Which We Explore Llansteffan Castle

The third leg of our Mini Road Trip takes us to Llansteffan Castle in Carmarthenshire, South West Wales. It’s a beautiful spot, incredibly peaceful, and we would love to go back!

Our first episode took us to Kidwelly Castle. Watch it HERE.

In the second episode, we travel to Carmarthen Castle. Watch it HERE

History

Llansteffan Castle overlooks the mouth of the River Tywi. The area would have been deforested to give a better view of invaders, and a clear shot to the archers. Because of its position the castle is only approachable from one side. 

It started out life as an iron age promontory fort, and the Normans clearly agreed that this was a prime defensive spot. They established an earth and wood structure that sits within the protective rings of the old hill fort around the early 12th century, making the old fort a part of the castle’s defence.

It was the Camville Family, who acquired it through marriage, who turned it into a stone structure.

It has passed through many hands and was taken back by the Camvilles in 1223, and given to them in 1260.

It was captured twice by Owain Glyndŵr, the last native Prince of Wales, and was then taken by Sir John Pennes.

Today it is privately owned but has a deed of guardianship with Cadw.

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