Castles & History

Wales is renowned for it's impressive castles. We're lucky to have enough on our doorstep to keep any history buff happy.


Three miles over the hill lies Kidwelly Castle - a particularly impressive example when approached from the river.

It was originally built of earth and wood by the Normans in the 12th century, and the impressively well preserved stone buildings still standing are around 600 years old. It's open to the public and you can climb the walls and towers.

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Perched on a low cliff, not far from Dylan Thomas' Boathouse, sits Laugharne Castle. The ruins of the castle you can see now are the end result of much development - from earthwork castle to Tudor mansion

The ruins of the castle, overlooking the River Taf estuary, have been the inspiration for artists such as Turner, and Dylan Thomas wrote 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog' in the gazebo in the castle garden.

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Looking over the River Towy, and the 3 Rivers hotel, is Llansteffan Castle. Another castle originally built in the 12th Century, it is now in ruins, but still provides a clear sense of it's early grandeur.

The castle was built to control the important river crossing and changed hands several times during fighting between the Normans and the Welsh.

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Looking for something interesting to do? Speak to one of the team on reception who'll be able to help guide you in the right direction.