Carreg Cennen Castle
Carreg Cennen Castle
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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This spectacular gray-stone fortress dates back to the 13th century, and is noted for its awesome views from the craggy hilltop upon which the castle sits.
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  • John J
    Brynamman, United Kingdom40 contributions
    Most beautiful castle in wales
    Absolutely beautiful castle, the best views down over the amman valleys. I love this place. So picturesque,peacefull and quiet. Isn't as busy as other bigger castles but just as much worth a visit as those highly advertised castles
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written February 11, 2023
  • Mrs S
    6 contributions
    Great Castle with cave and peaceful walks.
    Easy to find, walk from car park was not far, it is steep and little bumpy. Castle is well worth the short walk and cave underneath it was extraordinary, recommend visiting, the £6.50 entry seemed reasonable for how long we spent there. We also did the circular castle walk, which was very easy follow as lots of way markers showing yellow or red castle walk symbols. Never saw a soul on the walk, most people just seem to visit castle and cafe. Cafe/Shop staff all very friendly and helpful, cottage pie was a little disappointing but that may be my preference of how I like it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • pinkvoid
    Leeds, United Kingdom36 contributions
    Beautiful castle but be careful when it’s raining!
    Beautiful castle with great views. Only downside is the walk to and from the castle, there’s no footpath and it’s just a grassy hill so it’s very slippy when wet (which it almost always is in Wales!) Be prepared for this, we came with young children and I was terrified! Other than that, all good.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • DjangoDjango
    Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany572 contributions
    Hikers Review
    Come early as you will have a view on the castle and it surroundings for yourself. The castle itself is really pretty and the views around the castle are absolutely stunning. My highlight of the castle was the very long and dark cave (make sure to have a flashlight)- After visiting the castle i went on a beautiful circular hike, which is well marked, for about two hours. You will have the most beautiful view of the castle for different angles whilst at the same time enjoy fantastic scenery from the area. Make sure to have proper boots. part of the hike goes through muddy fields.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Slimbo
    34 contributions
    Amazing views - very peaceful
    Well worth the travel! Been to a lot of castles and this one is great, amazing view of the castle and from the castle. We arrived late in the day and had about 45 mins to look around which was plenty. We had the place to ourselves. The staff at the shop were friendly also
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Iweinvanaalst
    Lille, Belgium596 contributions
    Mountain stronghold
    Carreg Cennen Castle is erected sometime after 1284 by baron John Giffard and his son on the site of an earlier Welsh fortification. In 1462 Carreg Cennen flies the Lancastrian flag. Taken on behalf of the Yorkist king Edward IV it is slighted by pick and crowbar, ending its life as a stronghold. * Carreg Cennen castle is spectacularly located on a great limestone crag about 90m above the river Cennen, offering views miles around. Visitors can discover the stronghold with the help of an information leaflet. There are also a few information panels and reconstruction drawings on site. Although battered the layout of the castle can still clearly be made out with a kitchen, a great hall and private rooms for the lord and his family. The gatehouse and barbicane are gutted but once boasted three drawbridges, two sets of double doors and two portculises. No tower platforms or wallwalks can be scaled. A gallery provides access to a natural cave underneath the castle. The surface is slippery and uneven and the passage is sometimes low and narrow. Therefore a torch is required to wander around. Clearly pigeons were held here and there is a constant dripping of water but the exact purpose of the cave remains shrouded in history.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Lynda B
    4 contributions
    Review for Tea Room Primarily
    Castle is as it is, but we visited the tea room as had seen good reviews. Now the building itself is quirky bit goodness what an appalling welcome! Honestly felt like we were intruding. Tried to make pleasant conversation but it was a waste of time. Carrot cake dry, only saving grace was the Bara Brith! We ate up and left.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 27, 2023
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Andrew H
2 contributions
Nov 2020
Unbelievable how disgustingly rude the member of staff I was spoken AT by at the entrance to the castle. I am running a project celebrating Carmarthenshire and came just to do a 10 second video with a scenic background. We weren’t going on to do the walk but were in the car park and farm area. We had already finished our video and were about to leave when she came out of the shop to ask about my dog. This dog is an incredibly friendly, clever and extremely well trained 6 month old border collie. She was off the lead because outside of busy traffic she doesn’t need one and returns to my side at a whistle.

The fault of my dog being off the lead was mine. I didn’t see any signs but had I seen them in fairly sure my dog hasn’t learned to read as of yet.

So when she came out to tell me the dog belonged on the lead. Whilst I didn’t like her patronising tone, I simply apologised and attempted to call my dog back.

As she is very friendly and isn’t used to meeting HORRIBLE people, she went wagging her tail to say hello. She was spoken to like a piece of $#!T on your shoe. Shouting at her and making her nervous.

As I was working with a young person on my project I simply whistled and told her to sit. And put her on the lead. Had I not been working then it wouldn’t have just been my dog left upset by the encounter.

My suggestion is perhaps the leaders of the shop could train their staff to be as friendly and well trained as my dog.

Ugly mannered people like that woman don’t deserve to represent such a beautiful heritage site.
Written November 29, 2020
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HarrS22
31 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
Anhygoel. This is a beautiful place to visit. As you drive to it it really looks like Weathertop from The Lord of the Rings, it's just stunning in any weather. Location is a 5 minute drive from Llandeilo (another beautiful place). People not used to rural roads should be careful as they go, lots of twists, turns and tractors. Plenty of parking. The farm is interesting to look at old equipment. The shop has lots of Welsh gifts and the cafe has delicious hot and cold food, there are places to sit in a beautiful dining hall with toilets. The walk to the castle is steep! Comfy, grippy shoes are recommended. The views are absolutely stunning in every direction. Make sure you go down to the cave (yr Ogof). It has some seriously steep steps, low ceiling and some slippery surfaces, and you will need a torch (my phone torch was fine). But for creepy factor it's amazing! People have carved names and dates into the chamber at the end, quite interesting to look at. Wouldn't recommend going down there for people with mobility issues, people who have claustrophobia or if you've recently watched The Descent. Otherwise walking through the castle was wonderful. The staff in the cafe were lovely and Welsh speakers. Costs about £6 to go up to the castle.
Written March 30, 2022
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davidmassey47
Matlock, UK1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Friends
Despite the rain during our 4 mile walk in the countryside around the castle we had good views of this impressive ruined castle on a high cliff above the river. The visitor cafe is in a beautiful old barn and lunch was good - Welsh rarebit, and a lovely homemade vegetable soup with a hunk of bread and cheese. And the proprietor who earlier in the morning was directing cars in the car park, comes out with the coffee pot topping up your drink - name another visitor centre where that happens!
Written August 14, 2021
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fishonsaturday
Swansea, UK448 contributions
Jan 2020
We only went in to The Barn for lunch. The Barn and the farm as a whole sit in the shadow of Carreg Cennen Castle, it is worth looking up the history and get on to the castle website itself and learn how a legal blunder ended up with the farm owning the castle. Anyway, lunch. We were the only ones there it being January. The place has a small but good savoury menu and an extensive range of cakes and pastries. I often wonder how when a couple turn up out of the blue to an empty restaurant the place still turns out a meal that tastes as if they've cooked up a batch in hope of feeding hundreds. The food was lovely and the view across the winter fields and stark leafless trees was amazing. The place also has a gift shop and a walk up to the castle if you feel up to it. The castle walk incurs a fee. It is not a theme park, it's a medieval castle in the Welsh Hills on top of a precipitous hill, kids will love it.
Written January 24, 2020
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kunduku
Wirral, UK332 contributions
Sep 2022
Didn't attempt the climb but the visit to the restaurant was worth the trip.

We were taken here when visiting the Brecon Beacon area by a friend who lives locally.

We did not feel we could manage the climb but the views from below and around were very beautiful and inspiring.

We had a lovely lunch in the restaurant - we can recommend the Cawl - whilst watching the sheep grazing and birds swooping from the large windows overlooking the rolling fields at the foot of the castle hill.

We would certainly return and maybe even attempt the climb, knowing there would be a lovely meal waiting if we managed to see the caste close up.
Written October 31, 2022
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Cybermum
2 contributions
Jul 2022
We are members of English Heritage / Cadw and we visited Carreg Cennen Castle on Saturday 30th July, so during the Summer holidays. We arrived late morning having made a special journey which took us 2 ½ hours. On arrival I popped into the gift shop/cafe and asked if there were any loos. The woman on duty sniffily told me they were for the use of customers only, so I said we’d pop in after seeing the castle. On the way out of the shop the woman asked to see my membership card – no problem. Then she asked what my husband’s membership number was – I mean, seriously, like I’d know that? She was deliberately being difficult, I said he’d surely be on the system under the same address. He had gone ahead without me, intending to show his card at the ticket booth on the road up to the castle. We have visited the castle several times before and know about the ticket booth where you pay or show your cards. Anyway I had to go out into the lane and shout up to him to come back as the lady wanted to see his card. I asked the lady about the ticket booth and she said it didn’t open until 11am, as per the sign outside. The sign didn’t say anything of the sort. The website also says about the ticket booth being open during opening hours at weekends and holidays. By this time my husband and I were both totally fed up with this unwelcoming and obstreperous attitude and we decided to just leave. Even as we were going back down the path towards the car park the woman was out in the lane shouting rudely at us. Suffice to say, we will not be going back. That lady needs some serious retraining in hospitality skills!
Written July 30, 2022
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dexporter
Poulton Le Fylde, UK186 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We combined the castle visit (approx £10 each including parking) with a pretty strenuous walk down into the valley, along the river, round the castle, ending back at the car park. Stunning views from the castle, and great scenery in the woods and valley. A bit boggy in places, but mainly good walking terrain. I think you can do the approx. 4 mile walk for free without the castle visit.
The whole experience took us about 2 hours 20 minutes.
Written September 20, 2020
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JJARG
West Sussex5 contributions
Sep 2021
Used English Heritage membership which the website said I could but my details had to be "slowly" hand written into a book. The Castle and area is magical, beautiful and well worth a visit. Member of party had mobility issues so choose to stay with the dog outside the shop/cafe after being rudely told dogs not allowed and evicted. The door to the cafe is covered in hand written (passive aggressive) notes "toilets for customers only" etc etc Did not see the sign Dogs not Allowed which I assumed included Guide & Assistance dogs among the numerous edits. There is no sheltered area outside the cafe/shop area. Summary - well worth a visit but if you have a dog the Cafe is not "Dog Friendly" and good luck with food allergens
Written September 30, 2021
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mloosmore
Dartmouth, UK50 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We came for a walk and picnic and couldn’t have picked a better spot. The views are amazing and the castle gets the imagination going. The caves were closed due to Covid which is a shame but understandable. We did the shorter walk around the castle after the visit which was beautiful - about 45mins. We ended it all with a pot of tea at the cafe where the service was so friendly it simply put a smile on your face.
Written August 3, 2020
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MLH00014
Tetbury, UK52 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
All our research led us to believe this was dog friendly and a nice afternoon out. After a considerable drive we started with a coffee and cake and were told in no one uncertain terms that there were no dog walks unless you paid to go to the castle. I used their loo, there was no toilet roll, the hand dryer didn’t work and there were no paper towels. All in all, not a good experience. Not dog friendly and not very people friendly either.
Written May 10, 2021
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