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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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  • This place is just absolutely beautiful! Even though we walked up in the middle of Jan and it was cold the sun was shining and it was just lovely... views are fab. Can't wait to go back when it's a bi...  more »
  • This a great place to visit, especially on a sunny day. The walk up is good exercise, but worth the effort. You cant visit the area and not go up, 
  • I've been up to the castle ruins many times over the years and the panoramic 360 degree views with plenty to look at never fail to amaze. If you drive up to the ruins be prepared for a steep climb tha...  more »
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  • Not too tough of a hike. Pathways are clearly marked. Takes about 30-45 minutes depending on the chosen path. Well worth it for the views of the rubbles and the surrounding valley
  • Did the Llangollen History Trail which is approx 6 miles/10 km long. The view from the top is stunning and worth the effort. If you look in the mid distance you can see Pontcysyllte aqueduct which is worth a visit too.
  • Super walk from the town up to the castell, steep but only a couple of miles... The views from the top are fantastic.
  • Steep walk up with great views at the top a lovely ruin a s most do if in the area
  • Quite a steep path to reach it, but well worth it. A lovely castle.