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“Interesting and lots of fun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Castell Henllys

Castell Henllys
Signposted from A487 between Newport & Cardigan, Wales
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Ranked #50 of 108 attractions in Pembrokeshire
Type: Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Owner description: Reconstructed Iron-Age structures and sites. Many prehistoric promontory forts in the National Park dating to around 600BC.
Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Interesting and lots of fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

I really enjoyed visiting this Iron Age Hillfort reconstruction. It really brings alive how life might have been for people living here 2000 or more years ago. In one of the big roundhouses, they had a fire going, and you could sit around it and imagine nights of storytelling, it was very evocative. They also had staff dressed in ancient costume doing various crafts, such as basket-weaving and baking. There is a fee to get in (£10 for 2 adults, including a short guide), but I felt it was worth it. There's also a small gift shop with nice Welsh craft items and books for sale.

Visited April 2013
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Worksop, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“A fantastic afternoon out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Castel Henlyss is an iron age hill fort. This place is unique in that on the sites of the original dwellings, they have reconstructed houses. The guide was brilliant, inspiring my six and eight year old and even teaching my two children to use a sling-shot. This was great and very good value for money. Do not miss it.

Visited April 2013
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“I was transported back over 2000 yrs!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

The guide was brilliant and really made the Iron Age come alive. The roundhouses are in excellent condition and there is much to see and do. Try grinding flour or just sit around the fire in the meeting hut. Great for all ages.

Visited March 2013
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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83 attraction reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Great Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Definately a great family day out. Freindly staff, there is a long path up to the fort, but worth the trek up there, There is a shady picnic area by a stream which is really nice, The shop is well stocked and not badly priced either. There are different paths where you take your dogs for walks on leads.

Visited September 2012
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Well worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We had been interested in a possible visit for years, but in this corner of Wales it was far off our normal beaten tracks. This was out of season of course and so it was lucky we rang because it was shut on our preferred day, outward bound. However open on return run. Easy to find, lots of parking, lovely wooded valley setting at entrance and winding walk to fort above tree line.
To be honest the place looked in need of some funding for a tidy up and some features appeared to have been abandoned to cost cutting. Just a sign of the times as Council run I guess. However there was a group of school kids there at the time, face painting, story telling & baking and generally having a whale of a time! As an ex civil engineer I was bowled over by the supporting structures for the huts, each different, some almost appearing to be suspended in mid air, a big difference from the Crannog Centre hut structure. Very interested in the Chevaux de frise - every one we asked gave uncertain answers which was a pity as this is the only example we have ever seen, almost worth going to see this alone if you are keen!. We checked it out on net when we got home. Never been to Butser so can not compare.
Worth the wait.

Visited November 2012
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