DOLBADARN CASTLE

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Dolbadarn Castle

With a dramatic background and probably built by Llywelyn ab Iorwerth ('the Great') early in the thirteenth century, the ruins of Dolbadarn Castle are dominated by a massive round-towered keep, still standing up to 50 feet (15.2m) high, with walls up to 8 feet (2.4m) thick. Access to the keep was via a removable staircase at first floor level. The castle occupies a strategic location guarding the Llanberis Pass and was seized by an English army under the Earl of Pembroke in 1282, following which it was abandoned and pillaged for building materials. It is possible it was used again during the revolt under Owain Glyndwr in the late 14th/early 15th century.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Llanberis
County
Gwynedd
Post Code
LL55 4UB
Main Historic Period
Medieval
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Snowdonia. Carenarfon is about 8 miles.
Primary Management
Cadw

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