History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Carmarthen was sacked by Owain Glyndwr in 1405, and later passed to Edmund Tewdwr, father of the future Henry VII. Tewdwr, whose name was later Anglicised as 'Tudor', was imprisoned in 1456 and the castle was taken by William Herbert. Tewdwr died in prison, and was buried at Grey Friars church. In 1789 the castle was converted to use as a prison. It now stands in the midst of urban sprawl, a little out of place and overwhelmed by its more modern surroundings.
Visiting Carmarthen Castle
Much of the castle is ruinous, and even more has disappeared completely in the building of modern Carmarthen. The best remaining section of the castle stands immediately beside the county court building. There is public parking at the courthouse but only on weekends. At other times the best parking is the main St Peter's parking lot, which is well signed. From there it is a very easy 5-minute walk along the High Street to the main castle gatehouse, which is easily the best preserved part of the castle structure.
There is a spiral stair inside the main gatehouse that leads to a restored, though roofless, chamber over the gateway. Further along the wall is a ruined corner tower, while in the other direction a doorway leads to another staircase that climbs to the top of the castle mound. Unfortunately this entrance is not signposted at all, and we only stumbled upon it by chance. From the top of the mound you get excellent views along the castle wall and down to the gatehouse. I can't say that Carmarthen Castle is worth a long trip to visit, but it is interesting if you are already visiting the area.
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About Carmarthen Castle
Address: Castle Hill, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: off the A40
OS: SN413 200
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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