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Llansteffan Castle, Llansteffan

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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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  • It takes a bit of effort getting up to this castle but the views are well worth it. The attraction is free and offers a good example of a ruined castle that still has enough remaining to offer an insi...  read more »
  • It's an amazing ruin well looked after with spectacular views of the Welsh coast from the top. Whilst every other council scrabble to rip you off here you park for free and enjoy the castle for free. ...  read more »
  • For a free castle this is a beauty. 3yo son loved exploring it and we thoroughly enjoyed climbing to the top of the turret staircase to enjoy the exhilarating views. 
  • Stunning views across the bay. Real character castle where you can get right to the top and feel the history.
  • Beautiful. We'll preserved and stunning views
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