Pen Llystyn Roman Fort
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The fort was occupied until AD 90, when it was deliberately burned. This was not the result of an attack. Rather, the garrison appears to have intentionally burned the fort and abandoned it. A decade later a small fortlet was built in one corner of the earlier fort, but this too wa abandoned around AD 125.
The outline of the fort suggests that it was built to house around 960 foot soldiers. Excavations revealed the detailed layout of barrack blocks each containing 10 double rooms, as well as a centurion block. Unfortunately, gravel workings have destroyed much of the site, so there is not much to see today, and no direct access to the site (though you could ask nicely at Derwin Bach).
Just north east of the site, on the far bank of the Afon Dwyfach, is Llystyn Gwyn farm, where a carved stone with both Latin and Ogham script was found in the garden. The stone is believed to date to the 6th century, after the departure of the Romans, but it is unusual to find a stone with Latin and Ogham carvings in the north of Wales. The inscription translates as 'Icorix, son of Potentinus'.
About Pen Llystyn Roman Fort
Address: Bryncir, Gwynedd, Wales
Attraction Type: Roman Site
Location: On the east bank of the Afon Dwyfach just north of Bryncir, off the A487
Photo Credit: Robin Drayton, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
St Cybi's Well - 4 miles (Historic Church)
Clynnog Fawr, St Beuno - 4.7 miles (Historic Church)
Criccieth Castle - 5 miles (Castle)
Wern Manor Gardens - 5.3 miles (Garden)
Penarth Fawr - 6 miles (Historic House)
Tre'r Ceiri Hillfort - 6.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Dinas Castle - 8.4 miles (Castle)
Deudraeth Castle - 8.6 miles (Castle)
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