Newcastle Emlyn Castle, Newcastle Emlyn

#6 of 16 in Historic Sites in Carmarthenshire
Newcastle Emlyn Castle is a ruined castle in the market town of Newcastle Emlyn in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It is strategically located on a steep-sided promontory overlooking the River Teifi and was probably built by the Welsh lord Maredudd ap Rhys in about 1240. It changed hands many times over the years in battles between the Welsh and English, and during the English Civil War. The remains of the gatehouse and adjacent towers, and some fragments of wall are all that remain visible now.HistoryThe 13th-century castle of Newcastle Emlyn was mentioned in the chronicle Brut y Tywysogion, as having been seized by Llywelyn the Great (Llywelyn ap Iorwerth), but this was probably an older structure. The stone building was probably built by Maredudd ap Rhys around 1240, and if this is correct, it is one of the few castles in West Wales to be built by the Welsh out of stone. In 1287, his son Rhys ap Maredudd rebelled against the English and was besieged at Dryslwyn Castle, and when that stronghold eventually fell, fled to Newcastle Emlyn Castle. The English forces hauled their siege engine from Dryslwyn to Cardigan with the help of forty oxen, and then continued up the Teifi Valley to Newcastle Emlyn, now needing sixty oxen to haul it; the castle managed to hold out for some time but eventually fell and passed into English hands, bringing Rhys ap Maredudd's revolt to an end.
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  • Short visit but very nice views. Almost no people around so you can enjoy the view and quiet environment.  more »
  • Nice walk, well kept grounds. Dogs on leads welcome. Castle is a ruin but our little ones still enjoyed running around. Castle over the entrance is very impressive.  more »
  • We went for a little walk round the castle after our meal out and found it to be great!. The castle gives you great views and the walk around it gives you a great view of the river and rapids. Beautif...  more »
  • A nice walk, with a bit of history on the castle. Some nice views a mini adventure for the kids. probably around an hour to do the walk and look at remains.
  • Nice to walk and see the castle but extremely disappointed with the mess that people leave behind! There are bins at the car park, don't litter.
  • Disappointed with the amount of litter here. Lovely walk by river
  • Great walking and picnic area next to the lovely river Teifi
  • Free to enter, lovely view. Not much castle left

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