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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  • The views from the top of the hill are superb! The castle ruins are well kept and there are a number of information boards to satisfy the curious. I can only imagine what it must have been like to sta...  more »
  • This landmark is a must do if you’re physically able. I am 65 and my husband 70 and we found it relatively easy to climb. The views at the top are incredible! Bearing in mind we did it on a cold Febru...  more »
  • Not for the faint hearted. Expect a steep hill climb for about an hour to reach the top and the castle. But once you are there, the view is worth every step.  more »
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  • We were looking for a nice walk from Llangollen, and simply followed the signposts. It was an evening ascent with the odd drop of rain. This made the sky moody and the views interesting. On reaching the top the extent of the site was surprising. The views were great with real variety. Well worth the exertion.
  • I really enjoyed going to visit the ruins. It was a nice little trek up to the top. I took a flask of coffee as it was the first sunny day of the year with still a bit of a brisk wind. Got lots of amazing photographs and the views of Llangollen are worth going up for.
  • We visited Llangollen for a day out, which is a great little place to visit when in Wales, not just because of its steam railway and canal boat rides.But there is also a castle relic to visit , only around 45 minutes walk ( for me the wife and dog) from the main car park. I think it makes for a steep but nice walk , and a great place for a family picnic plus gives you good views of the surrounding area .
  • Very impressive ruins given the location, with a decent amount of earth works and wall outline in place. Really nice walk up from the north side and plenty of space to picnic on the top if the weather is good. Quite a busy spot but plenty of space up there and great views of the valley both ways and the geology to the north. Worth a trip out if you have a few hours spare.
  • Lovely walk. Gorgeous views. The dog loved it too x
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