Hawarden Old Castle
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
On Palm Sunday, 1282, Dafydd ap Gruffudd, Llewelyn's volatile brother, launched a three-pronged attack on English castles, Hawarden among them. Though Dafydd was able to seize the castle, he could not hold it, and both Welsh princes were killed shortly afterwards - in Dafydd's case rather unpleasantly, for Edward I had him hung, drawn, and quartered.
The castle was rebuilt in stone (a transformation possibly begun before Dafydd's attack), and it withstood attack during Owain Glyndwr's 1405 rebellion. It was beseiged for 10 months in the Civil War before finally falling to Parliament.
Note that the castle is located on private land and is only occasionally open to the public.
About Hawarden Old Castle
Address: Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: in a park SE of town centre on B5125
OS: SJ319 653
Photo Credit: John S Turner, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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