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Castell Dinas Bran, Llangollen

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Castell Dinas Brân is a medieval castle standing high on a hill above the town of Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales. It is also the site of an Iron Age hillfort. There is also a British Rail Class 25 named after this castle, it has been preserved on the Great Central Railway (heritage railway) and its number is D5185.Early historyThe first building placed at Dinas Brân was not the castle which now stands in ruins on top of the hill 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.(Kightly, 2003)
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  • Beautiful view at top , but you have to be fit to get there , or you can go around the mountains by car 
  • The autumn view from the hilltop was breathtaking! Built in the late 13th century by the local Welsh ruler, the castle was abandoned after just 20 years. The site of a prehistoric fort, local legends ...  read more »
  • I'm not normally one for old ruins, don't tell the wife :), but after a short drive up to this site we had a wonderful couple of hours just sitting and looking at both the old castle ruins and the sim...  read more »
  • This is a beautiful spot. It's wonderful ruin, but a bit of a hike. My son described it as "an island in the sky."
  • Views are truly amazing. As others have said, the climb is steep from the Hand Hotel but worth every step.
  • Lovely views over the River Dee and Llangollen vale
  • Beautiful views, worth the trek.
  • A tricky climb but worth it for the views.
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