History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The rocky outcrop on which the castle stands provides naturally strong defences on three sides, and it is possible that the Romans made use of the location.
We do not know for certain when the castle was built, nor by who, but it seems plausible that it was erected by one of the powerful late 13th-century Princes of Gwynedd, Llewelyn Fawr, Dafydd ap Llewelyn, or Llewelyn the Last.
We know just as little about the last days of Carndochan Castle. Victorian archaeologists unearthed evidence of ash beneath the tumbled stone ruins, suggesting that it may have been burned in an attack, or intentionally slighted to make it unusable.
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About Carndochan Castle
Address: Llanuwchllyn, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: 2 m W Llanuwchllyn, off A494
OS: SH846 306
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Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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