History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In the 9th century, Nennius told the tale that two dragons fought beneath the hill of Dinas Emrys. One dragon was white, representing the Saxons, and one dragon was red, representing the Britons (Welsh Celts).
Excavations on the site have found evidence of occupation in the Iron Age, Roman, and early medieval periods. In the 13th century a stone keep, possibly erected by Llewelyn ap Iorwerth, was built atop the hill. The castle site stretches 200 metres on an east-west axis, and is about 100 metres wide.
There are three gates leading to the inner enclosure, accessed only after navigating several zigzag passages and blind alleys.
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About Dinas Castle
Address: Beddgelert, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: on A498 1 m NE Beddgelert. Visitors should first contact the National Trust warden at Beddgelert.
OS: SH606 492
Photo Credit: Peter Shone, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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