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“Absolutely superb castle! A little gem.”
Review of Laugharne Castle

Laugharne Castle
Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Carmarthen
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Think Laugharne, think Dylan Thomas. A bittersweet love affair between townsfolk and resident poet, conducted via prickly poems and supremely clever short stories. Think Laugharne, think castle too. The magnificent medieval castle turned Tudor mansion later became the perfect antidote to writer’s block. Both Dylan and author Richard Hughes put pen to paper in the castle’s garden summerhouse. Looking out over the estuary, like an eagle nesting on its eyrie, this impressive relic of ancient times demands you stand and stare. It will simply take your breath away. ‘Brown as owls’ as Mr Thomas put it so eloquently in his ‘Poem in October’. Built in the 13th century by the de Brian family, probably atop an earlier Norman ringwork castle, the solid mansion we see before us is the lasting legacy of Sir John Perrot. It didn’t fare too well during the Civil War. Once captured by Parliamentary forces after a siege, it was partially dismantled.
Reviewed September 30, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Laugharne - saw it on a map and glad we took the short drive after a rainy, depressing afternoon in Carmarthen. Parking is free in the village.

The castle has enough to do for an hour and is well worth a visit. One can climb to the top of the tower for great views or walk around the walls which overlook the bay and look over the estuary to Kidwelly. There are boards which explain the castle, its history and that of the village.

A plus is that the grounds are well laid out and maintained with an area of box parterre and herbaceous beds. CADW should be congratulated for the design and maintenance of castle and gardens.

Thank skoyen89
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"lovely walk"
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

The history of this castle was well researched and there was plenty of information for you to ramble through the walls and understand what you were looking at

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Had a great hour walking around the ruins and grounds of Laugharne Castle. The views from the top of the tower across the town and estuary are breathtaking.

Thank Damian B
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Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Laugharne Castle is a great visit. The castle has been preserved to allow visitors to wander around the ruins as well as to climb inside, up the steep steps and take in the view from the top of the tower. The view is quite stunning, across the estuary and out to sea and also the village in which it's situated. For those with walking challenges, the steps are quite tricky with varying heights and depths of steps and they are not all well lit. The gardens are beautifully maintained and there are benches to sit and enjoy. Definately worth a visit!

Thank Ali S
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Beautiful surroundings and views with well manicured grounds. Not the most dramatic castle in south Wales but well worth a visit.

Thank Jamie A
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