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Llawhaden Castle, Llawhaden

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Llawhaden Castle is a castle in the Pembrokeshire village of Llawhaden and 10 miles east of Haverfordwest in southwest Wales, at. A motte-and-bailey castle is thought to have previously occupied the site and the present structure was built by the bishops of the Diocese of St David in the 13th century. The castle was abandoned in the 16th century and some of the stone was removed for local building projects. The site is owned and managed by Cadw.DescriptionThe ruins of Llawhaden Castle stands on a hill overlooking the River Cleddau, and is located in the Pembrokeshire village of Llawhaden, some 10 miles east of Haverfordwest. The remaining ruins date from the early 13th century. It is surrounded by a ditch, which was designed to be only crossable by a drawbridge. The castle is pentagonal in shape and while the north-western and western sides of the castle are no longer present, the other three sides remain. The gatehouse is located on the southern side, which is formed of two drum towers and a gateway. This was also where the drawbridge would have been located to allow entrance to the interior of the castle. The ruins are managed by Cadw, and are open the public.
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  • Not a castle we had heard of but decided to pay a visit, parking is about 200yds away from the entrance and the castle is very imposing as you approach. Great thing is there is no admission charge. Th...  more »
  • Enjoyed exploring the ruins, a fabulous little freebie towards the end of our afternoon. If we'd planned better we'd have had our picnic there.  more »
  • There wasn't anyone around when we visited and that suited me just fine. There is no information available on the history of the castle, apart from at the parking area.. I still believe it is worth a ...  more »
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  • Whilst touring the country, I noticed some signs saying "Castle" here and there and in this case, it was the similar thing. Took the exit and onto the rural roads, to find a gem of constructive greatness and at the end of a road, found the castle! Or what was left of it.. :-) Despite the loads of nothing there, it is still possible to climb the tower and see the initial layout of how it used to be. Plenty of information on site and thus very helpful. I liked the fact that this piece of history still remains open for the public. Side note: take a peak into the elderly house next door. Maybe give a waive at them.. :-)
  • Lovely castle... not the biggest and not loads to do around but still very nice
  • Nice castle. Not much to see and no facilities at the Castle or nearby. Around 20 minutes and you will have seen everything and be ready to continue your journey elsewhere.