CARDIGAN CASTLE

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CARDIGAN CASTLE

Cardigan Castle (Castell Aberteifi) began as an earth and timber Norman fortress in the early 12th century. It was captured by The Lord Rhys ap Gruffydd in 1171 and rebuilt in stone – the first stone castle built by a Welshman.  To mark the achievement, he held the first national Eisteddfod there in 1176.  The castle changed hands various times through the years.  It was slighted by the Parliamentary Forces during the Civil War of the 17th century and converted to peaceful use in the 18th, when large parts of it were demolished to build an elegant house and garden inside its walls.  A pillbox was added in the Second World War.

Sadly, the last owner of Cardigan Castle, Barbara Wood, could not afford the upkeep and ended up living in a caravan in the grounds. The property crumbled, decayed and became overgrown.  A successful public campaign saw Cardigan Castle purchased by Ceredigion Council, be gradually restored and, finally, opened to the public in 2015.  What little remains of the medieval building is incorporated into the mansion, where there are temporary and permanent exhibitions.  To be fair, it's not much of a castle, but the small, attractive, gardens are nicely tended, it is pleasant to walk round the walls, there is a decent café and regular events and functions are held there.

Sometimes events necessitate closure of the castle to the public, so check before making a special journey

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Green Street
Cardigan
County
Ceredigion
Post Code
SA43 1JA
Main Historic Period
Georgian
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Cilgerran Castle, Welsh Coastal Path, Pentre Ifan
Primary Management
Local Authority

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