History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Bishop Bek of St Davids established a borough at Llawhaden, and added a hospital in 1287. The next real phase of building at Llawhaden took place under the aegis of archbishop Adam de Houghton in 1362-89. Many of the buildings we see today date from Houghton's era. The bishops stopped using it as a residence in the 15th century, but it continued as a prison and administrative centre until the Reformation. By the late 16th century it was falling into decay.
The ruins include a very impressive twin-towered gatehouse, remains of a great hall, undercroft, chapel, and prison, surrounded by a ditch. There are two very well-preserved polygonal towers, and the lower parts of a round 13th century tower.
Our Verdict: The village is exceptionally pretty, and the ruins of Llawhaden Castle are a delight to explore. Well worth a trip to see.
About Llawhaden Castle
Address: Llawhaden, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: On a minor road off the A40
Website: Llawhaden Castle
Phone: 01443 336000
Llawhaden Castle Photos
OS: SN071 174
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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