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”

A tour of Aberystwyth Castle, Ceredigion

The shattered remnants of Aberystwyth Castle give some idea of the splendour of this once mighty castle. Although overshadowed by its far better known contemporaries, such as Caernarfon, it is still an interesting site. Before taking you on a tour of the castle, I will begin with a brief overview of its history. Aberystwyth wasContinue reading “A tour of Aberystwyth Castle, Ceredigion”

A tour of Denbigh Castle, Denbighshire

Denbigh Castle is without a doubt the finest magnate castle in north Wales and well worth a visit. It is situated in a prominent position overlooking the surrounding town and, despite its ruined state, still has an impressive appearance. Its highlights include the splendid triple-towered Great Gatehouse and Great Kitchen Tower. Before taking you on aContinue reading “A tour of Denbigh Castle, Denbighshire”

A tour of Flint Castle, Flintshire

(View from the south-east) Flint Castle, the first of the great Edwardian castles to be built in north Wales, is situated on the estuary of the river Dee on a rocky outcrop. Its remains are less impressive than some of the other royal castles constructed in this Wales in this period, such as Conwy andContinue reading “A tour of Flint Castle, Flintshire”

Edward I at Conwy Castle on Christmas Day 1294 and the Madog ap Llywelyn Rebellion

On Christmas Day 1294 King Edward I was at Conwy Castle in north Wales. He was attended by many members of his nobility and household. It would ordinarily be expected that this would be a happy occasion with the king being able to enjoy residing in one of his grand new castles in Wales, whichContinue reading “Edward I at Conwy Castle on Christmas Day 1294 and the Madog ap Llywelyn Rebellion”

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”

The Siege of Stirling Castle in 1304

(Stirling Castle) The film Outlaw King begins with a vivid depiction of the siege of Stirling Castle in 1304, a key event in the First Scottish War of Independence. A huge trebuchet is shown throwing a flaming projectile over the walls to smash the defenders into submission. The film uses the surrender of the castleContinue reading “The Siege of Stirling Castle in 1304”