Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle


14 August 2011


SH 58602 59793; 53.11650°N, 4.11417°W


This 13th-century fortification was built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth and was strategically located between the lakes of Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris. The castle was taken by the English in 1282 and was later abandoned, its timber and stone being cannibalised for building materials. All that remains today are the ruined keep and the foundations of the outer structures.

The Keep

This large round keep dates from the 1230s. Its first-floor entrance was reached originally by timber stair and, unusually, the doorway was defended by a portcullis.

Beam holes for the two main floor levels can clearly be seen. Both chambers had fireplaces, the principal chamber, with its finer windows, being on the level above this. The basement would have been reached by ladder; the second floor and roof were reached via a complicated circular staircase in which the spiral reverses halfway up.

 — Cadw information panel

Dolbadarn Castle (Wikipedia)

Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle

'Ministry of Works' notice

Spiral stairs in the keep

View from the keep of Llyn Peris and Dinorwic Quarry

Llyn Padarn from Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle

7 thoughts on “Dolbadarn Castle

  1. Me gustan las fotos del castillo y la historia, esto es lo que más me gusta, conocer su historia. Y las fotos últimas me encanta, parece que estoy mirando por el ojo de la cerradura….Gracias!!!!!


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