History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The castle was strengthened after the Welsh uprising of 1245, and walls were built around the growing town. Cardigan was besieged by the Welsh during the Owain Glyndwr uprising, but its connection to the sea meant the defenders were able to get supplies by ship, and they kept the Welsh at bay. The castle then fell into disrepair until it was garrisoned by Royalist supporters in the English Civil War.
Cromwell overcame the defenders and ordered it to be "slighted" (made uninhabitable). Finally, in the 1880's a private house was built in the inner bailey, incorporating remains of the castle walls and buildings. That house in turn fell into disrepair and the castle itself was in danger of becoming a complete ruin.
In 2003 Ceredigion County Council purchased the site and a restoration project is currently underway with the aid of the Friends of Cardigan Castle charity.
About Cardigan Castle
Address: Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales, SA43 1JA
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: off A478
Website: Cardigan Castle
Phone: 01239 623678
OS: SN177 459
Photo Credit: Dylan Moore, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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