A tour of Caerphilly Castle

My next tour is of Caerphilly Castle in south Wales, a huge imposing fortress that is a marvel to see. The castle was constructed in the late thirteenth century by the powerful Marcher lord Gilbert de Clare. It was acquired by the Crown following the death of Gilbert’s son and heir at the Battle ofContinue reading “A tour of Caerphilly Castle”

A tour of Carreg Cennen Castle, Carmarthenshire

(View of the outer and inner ward from the south-east) Carreg Cennen Castle has a stunning location, situated as it is on top of a limestone precipice, in a beautiful area close to the western boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park in south Wales. Before taking you on a tour of the castle, I will begin by providing a brief overviewContinue reading “A tour of Carreg Cennen Castle, Carmarthenshire”

The Rhys ap Maredudd Rebellion and the Siege of Dryslwyn Castle in 1287

By 1283 Edward I of England had succeeded in conquering Wales, with the native Welsh dynasty of the house of Gwynedd all but wiped out. Yet the English conquerors were forced to contend with years of rebellions by the Welsh. One of these uprisings was led by Rhys ap Maredudd who took up arms againstContinue reading “The Rhys ap Maredudd Rebellion and the Siege of Dryslwyn Castle in 1287”

Ten Interesting Facts About Castles in Wales

Beaumaris Castle Beaumaris Castle in Anglesey was one of the castles built by Edward I after his conquest of Wales in the late thirteenth century. Construction work began in early 1295 with many hundreds of men employed on the project and huge quantities of stone, timber and other supplies sent to the site. Over theContinue reading “Ten Interesting Facts About Castles in Wales”