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Laugharne Castle

King Street, Carmarthen SA33 4SA, Wales
+44 1994 427906
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Great Medieval Castle Friendly Helpful Staff

We visited today with family and the castle was a great visit. The shop staff were very friendly... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Jonathan P
via mobile
An excellent afternoon

We arrived the Halloween weekend meaning our children got the added bonus of a challenge as we... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Natalie H
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Think Laugharne, think Dylan Thomas. A bittersweet love affair between townsfolk and resident poet, conducted via prickly poems and supremely clever short stories. Think Laugharne, think castle too. The magnificent medieval castle turned Tudor mansion later became the perfect antidote to writer’s block. Both Dylan and author Richard Hughes put pen to paper in the castle’s garden summerhouse. Looking out over the estuary, like an eagle nesting on its eyrie, this impressive relic of ancient times demands you stand and stare. It will simply take your breath away. ‘Brown as owls’ as Mr Thomas put it so eloquently in his ‘Poem in October’. Built in the 13th century by the de Brian family, probably atop an earlier Norman ringwork castle, the solid mansion we see before us is the lasting legacy of Sir John Perrot. It didn’t fare too well during the Civil War. Once captured by Parliamentary forces after a siege, it was partially dismantled.
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King Street, Carmarthen SA33 4SA, Wales
+44 1994 427906
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

We visited today with family and the castle was a great visit. The shop staff were very friendly and helpful and the castle itself is well worth a visit. There are some lovely walks nearby and stunning views.

Thank Jonathan P
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We arrived the Halloween weekend meaning our children got the added bonus of a challenge as we enjoyed this ruin. A guidebook is recommended to explain in detail what you see in front of you.

Thank Natalie H
Reviewed 22 October 2017

A great castle with wonderfull views and lots to walk around and visit. Well worth the effort to climb the tower and look out over the town.

Thank David Thomas P
Reviewed 20 October 2017

This is in a lovely location ,climb the tower to take in the wonderfull views.There is not a lot of it left but has a interesting history from castle to Elizibethan home. The gardens are pretty, the Dylan Thomas room was lovely ,just as though...More

Thank lottie49
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Another one of those Welsh castles that has plenty left. This one has a chequered history that is well worth researching, and standing on the banks of the estuary, it is strong and proud.

Thank KevinSadler2364
Reviewed 30 September 2017

We visited here whilst staying in Laugharne and wee impressed with the amount of information available on the culture and history of the castle and town . The castle is mostly a ruin but there are enough of the walls and rooms still standing to...More

Thank Hancocks
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Enjoyed a free visit on their free open day this weekend. Very nice man who was at the reception gave us a light hearted intro about the castle and what to find there. Although mainly ruins you can go up the tower. That has lovely...More

Thank Val W
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

This is the location that gave Dylan Thomas much of his poetic inspiration. Well worth the effort of stopping for a visit. Very informative and welcoming staff. Make the effort and pop in here.

Thank John R
Reviewed 13 September 2017

If you use the main, (and free), car park in Laugharne the first thing you'll need to check is the tide as the car park has the reputation for flooding. Fortunately I was assured by a local that the tide was going out, so I...More

1  Thank Philip S
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Visited here as a family as CADW members, really enjoyed our visit having never visited the castle before. Lovely gardens and views. No toilets on the site however

Thank ChesterDart03
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18 July 2017|
Response from Simon L | Reviewed this property |
Wrong app, buddy!
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Response from Enid A | Reviewed this property |
I have reread my review of Laugharne Castle and I did not say it was free entrance to the Castle , you must be mixing me up with someone else , E P Adams