Llawhaden Castle (Welsh: Castell Llanhuadain) grid reference SN 073175 is a ruined castle in Llawhaden, Pembrokeshire, Wales, 10 miles (16 km) east of Haverfordwest. 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 privately owned by the Lord of the Manor of Llawhaden and managed by Cadw.
The ruins of Llawhaden Castle stands on a hill overlooking the River Cleddau, 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 to the public.
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Karen Edwards | Apr 29, 2018
Lovely peaceful setting for these ruins which are great for a wander around and, even better, for free! I was pleasantly surprised by how much was there after reading other reviews and if you are interested in taking photographs then I would definitely plan on being there longer than the 20 minutes suggested by others. With free parking and free entry you should not miss out on this experience if you are in the area and enjoy taking in historical sites/sights!
luc wal | May 27, 2018
Fantastic little place. Small free car park (4+6 cars) up the village green and you walk down a little lane to the castle. Free to enter. Great place to kids to play hide and seek. Was so nice to find this little gem on my door step.
Penny Davies | Apr 24, 2018
If you love castles, this is worth a visit to explore its nooks and crannies. After you've taken in its history and climbed it's steps for the views and vistas, you could head up through the village where there is, just behind the play park, a medieval church that was mainly used for healing, and shelter for travellers. And of course you could walk for a mile or miles and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Ian Reading | Apr 13, 2018
Great for supervised kids to play hide-n-seek. Benches to sit on, grass area to have picnic. No public toilets we could see. Picnic tables just down the road by very small car park (4-6 cars?) Free parking. If weather good should be nice for few hours. We've been a few times. Car park never full.
Dayne Stone | May 9, 2018
Amazing place to hang around, especially after hours when the parapets can be fully explored. Panoramic views and staggeringly high walls make for an amazing combo at sunset. Not too far off the main road and definitely worth a visit.
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