Dolwyddelan Castle

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Dolwyddelan Castle
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Ewyena
London, UK11,749 contributions
Hidden ruins
Sep 2019
Visited in September 2019 in my Wales holiday. I already spotted this castle on the map and one day I had the chance to visit on the way back to the cottage. It has a car park on the very side of the road, and here we can find some information about the castle. Then a walking path leads up to a not too friendly look farm, where after knocked a door or ring a bell (can't remember now), a similar not too friendly look lady opened the upper part of the door, asked for the money(cash only), and then show up to a fields gate saying, cross the gate and follow the path. That's it. The path leads up to the castle with sheep grazing around. We can get up to the ruins on uneven rock steps and even later we have to be careful, because it is full with rocks around and no comfortable path. The weather was very windy that day and I already had a bad experience at another attraction, so I was in a bad mood, and just wanted to pop in, see the castle and tick it on my list. Which I did. The area is nice, the view is lovely, but it is not a huge place to spend hours here.
Written July 26, 2020
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Neil C
Malvern Wells, UK8 contributions
Utterly spoiled by the rude old gatekeeper
Aug 2019 • Family
A pretty little castle with gorgeous views. I was born in the Conwy valley 50 years ago and have a soft spot for this location. Our family developed the golf course at Betws and managed Gwydir forest. Unfortunately the lady at the farm where you buy the tickets is incredibly rude: an utterly embarrassing ambassador for the area and I’d encourage you to spend your time walking on Moel Siabod for free or pottering in Betws and eating at Hangin’ Pizzeria to give you a better impression and a more enjoyable holiday without the risk of it being soured.
Written March 18, 2020
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rosebayfind
London402 contributions
Historic building with an incredible view.
Nov 2019
It was worth the climb up the hill and up the steps into the tower. The history is well documented inside with panels on the walls. Once you reach the top you are rewarded with great views.
Written November 18, 2019
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zeusy33
Madison, WI146 contributions
Nestled high on a hill
Sep 2019
Stopped in after passing it a few times, noted it was on the CADW sites to visit. You have to go through a working farm to gain entrance to the castle so that is probably why dogs are not allowed except their own. It is a steady incline up to the castle on a pretty path with a stream running through, very peaceful. The actual castle is steeped in history and had been renovated for living space at one time, not sure when that changed to the way it is now. Views from the top are very lovely.
Written September 19, 2019
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Helen S
Evesham, UK48 contributions
Misleading about Dogs!
Sep 2019
Looked on their website and it clearly shows Dogs on Leads, however after driving 30 mins (then 30 mins back the other way-so 1 hour wasted) big sign saying 'Assistance Dogs Only'! Disappointing and misleading as we couldn't go in, didn't really want to. Will be emailing CADW to find out what is going on.
Written September 12, 2019
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ClairesBears
Bradford, UK72 contributions
Lovely views
Aug 2019 • Family
We kept driving past on our travels and curiosity got the better of us. It's very quiet which makes a change from the usually heaving castles. It's a rough climb up a track with loose sheep running around (which is why there are no dogs allowed). The castle is well cared for and there are great views. It's not expensive and the lady taking our money was very friendly. There are clean toilets available too.
Written August 29, 2019
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Steve H
Wrexham, UK77 contributions
Nice little castle
Aug 2019 • Family
Visited with 2 kids and a dog unfortunately no dogs were allowed in and the woman who takes payment was quite abrupt when asked why. No facilities at the location other than toilets which were locked and we couldnt be bothered to approach Mrs Happy again.
Steep walk up to the castle but beautiful views, a little bit of info on boards gives some history.
Cheap enough and worth a visit but i ask Cadww two things
1. Why no dogs? The castle was full of sheep and rabbit droppings but no sheep
were present.

2. The woman in the cottage does you no favours, no tickets given, rude, unapproachable and spoilt the visit

Written August 19, 2019
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Ben R
Totnes, UK5 contributions
Fantastic views of the Lledr Valley
Jul 2019 • Family
An impressive castle in a stunning location and the views in every direction from the top were amazing. Lots of information on the history of the place with the freedom to explore as you wished. Not a full days activity but an essential stop when exploring this lesser visited valley.
Written August 18, 2019
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@994austinnl
London, UK27 contributions
Great place to visit
Jul 2019
The scenery was great from top of the castle. You will be charge £4 to access it but no guide as you are left to wonder on your own with the sheep. It was lovely and the water fall sound was therapeutic.
Written August 7, 2019
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Runeverywhere
Chester, UK15 contributions
Unexpected stop off
Jul 2019 • Family
Spotted this little castle whilst driving to Capel Curig. Pulled in to a CADW free car park just off the main road and then took a walk up to the castle.

Spoke to a nice lady at the farm house who pointed the way up to the castle.. Quite a steep walk but very manageable for kids ( albeit a bit of protest ) but once you reach the castle it is well worth it. The views are stunning and even more so from the rooftop of the castle. Plenty of information about the castle when you get there. we assumed the castle was locked at first but our 5 year old dashed up the steps and pushed open the door to enter the castle. Nicely preserved and well maintained grounds. Definitely worth a stop off if you have time when you are in the area.
Written July 29, 2019
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