Castell Dinas Bran, Llangollen

Castell Dinas Brân is a medieval castle occupying a prominent hilltop site above the town of Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales. The presently visible castle was probably built in the 1260s by Gruffydd Maelor II, a Prince of Powys Fadog, on the site of several earlier structures, including an Iron Age hillfort.Dinas Brân has been variously translated as the "crow's fortress" or "fortress of Brân", with Brân as the name of an individual or of a nearby stream. An English name, "Crow Castle", has also been used since at least the 18th century.Early historyThe first building placed at Dinas Brân was not the castle which now stands in ruins on top of the mountain but an Iron Age hillfort built around 600 BC. An earthen rampart was constructed probably topped by a wooden palisade and this was further protected by a deep ditch on the shallower southern slope. The walls of the hillfort encircled a village of roundhouses. Dinas Brân is one of many hillforts in this part of Wales; Moel y Gaer is just a couple of miles to the north-west near the Horseshoe Pass, and another is close by at Y Gardden in Ruabon to the east. There are many others on the Clwydian Hills further to the north and in the Marches to the south.
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  • We walked up to Castell Dinas Bran, it's a proper climb, but well signposted with clear paths. We couldn't believe on such a beautiful day we were the only people there! Fantastic views, good signage ...  more »
  • If you go to Llangollen you have to climb up Castell Dinas Bran (Crow castle) the steep climb is well worth the views...Stunning and on a clear day you can see for miles and miles! Great place to get ...  more »
  • The views are just as pretty going up as when you get to the top. We are not hikers, and so this was a big undertaking which took us an hour to climb to the top, with lots of stops to catch our breath...  more »
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  • Loved the walk to the top. Small amount of info about the historic sight at the top. Poorly signposted and small amount of parking on the roadside.
  • I parked at the bottom of the lane leading to the walk up to Llangollen castle... when I saw the trek up there I nearly turned back.. but I did it,and I'm glad I did.. a superb view over the whole area.. and you see the aqueduct in the distance.. well worth the climb up there..
  • Excellent views, worth the fairly strenuous walk if you are reasonably fit.
  • A impressive ruin on top of a hill with amazing views all round. It is a must for any photographers.
  • Great views amidst an almost complete ruin. A fair uphill walk, alongside a narrow road, which is a wonderful drive. Not wheelchair accessible.

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