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Llansteffan Castle, Llansteffan
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Llansteffan Castle is a castle overlooking the River Tywi as it enters Carmarthen Bay near the village of Llansteffan in Carmarthenshire, Wales.Prehistoric siteThe castle sits on a much older Iron Age promontory fort, proving Llansteffan has been inhabited for several millennia. The hill's summit can only be reached from one side, and the hill where the castle/fort stands commands the entrance to the River Towy (unlike today, the hill would have been stripped of trees to make foot soldiers vulnerable to attack by archers). The original earthworks can still be seen and were used as part of the modern castle's defence system—the castle proper rests within the earthwork rings.Norman period and afterThe castle was built by the Normans after 1100 as part of their invasion of Wales and granted to the Marmion family before passing to the de Camvilles through marriage.It was captured by Maredudd ap Gruffydd in 1146 against the forces of Maurice FitzGerald, Lord of Lanstephan and his brother William FitzGerald, Lord of Emlyn who were the leading Norman settlers of the region. The castle was retaken by the Normans in 1158. Llywelyn the Great recaptured the castle for the Welsh in 1215 and taken back by the de Camville family sometime after 1223. The castle fell to Llywelyn ap Gruffudd in 1257 but returned to the de Camvilles by the 1260s.
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  • Not much to see except the fantastic views across the estuary, but worth the climb for that. Substantial ruins which dominate the village 
  • Stand at the top of the castle, gaze out to sea and inhale pure sea air, rolling in over the North Atlantic. This castle is situated a short walk from the pretty Llansteffan village. The castle is fre...  more »
  • A beautiful and historic castle, with wonderful walks both on the beach and further along the coast (on the Wales Coast Path). Lots of exploring and rolling down grassy slopes opportunities for those ...  more »
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  • Great Views of the River Towy and beautiful ruined castle!!!! With free entry, it's definitely worth a look.
  • Beautiful ancient architecture dating back to the 11th century. Excellent views of the surrounding coastline and neighbouring village with free entry. Open from 10-3:30 worth a visit!
  • A lovely set of ruins to visit with free entry. Also a nice walk up the hill to get there.
  • Really nice place. You can get a nice sunrise and a nice sunset on the right morning or night.
  • Stunning views across the bay. Real character castle where you can get right to the top and feel the history.