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Dinefwr Castle
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Llandeilo
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Owner description: Dinefwr is a wonderful 800 acre estate with parkland walks, a Mill Pond, Bog Wood Boardwalk, Childrens Play Area, Newton House with Tea rooms and courtyard shopping area and a Medieval Castle. The estate and Newton hosue are owned and managed by the National Trust. Castle Woods and Dinefwr Castle are owned by the South Wales Wildlife Trust and managed by Cadw. Dinefwr is a beautiful place to escape the rush of modern life and enoy the scents and sounds of nature. Whether you are marvelling at the wonderful panoramic views of the Towyi river from the castle parapets or getting up close to the dragonflies on the Mill Pond, you cant help but fall in love with Dinefwr's Parkland. There are walks to suit all abilities and childrens tracker packs to help families discover and have fun together. Newton House is not a noral National Trust dressed house but instead acts as an exhibition telling the history of times gone by. The charm of Newton House is truely expereinced on the free Hidden House Tour. It is a house with no ropes and very much a space for families to enjoy. Fancy playing a steinway piano ? You can in Newton House. Inside the house there is also the Billiard Room, a licenced restaurant, the China Passage Art Gallery; and the Inner Courtyard Gift Shop show casing local products and plants. Car Parking charges apply to those who are not members of the National Trust but allow free access to the parkland walks, play area and boardwalk as well as the access to the Castle. Admission to Newton House is charged separately but is free to National Trust members.
Stirling, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Loved every aspect of this visit! I was blessed with marvellous weather which was great but it wouldn't detract from any visit made. The view from the castle was amazing. The woodlands and the walk from the house to the castle was a delight. The food from the stall in the car park was reasonably priced and very fresh. A good day out for anyone!

Visited July 2013
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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“Something for everyone.”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

We visited with friends in September and had a great time. The mansion is set in lovely parkland and the castle is perched on a hill nearby overlooking the Towi river and valley. The views from the castle on a clear day are stunning. This really is one of the most beautiful places in the UK. We visited the house which was very interesting, from the servants quarters 'below stairs' to the upper floors where the history of the house was mapped out on the walls with pictures and displays. The coffee shop was a godsend after our climb up to the castle and had a nice selection of cakes and hot and cold drinks for sale. Well worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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United Kingdom
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“Wonderful. So much to do there.”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

We spent the whole day there and we didn't even take any of the walks - except the castle. As NT members we had it for free, but admission is only £3.50 and there's so much to do.

We arrived 5 minutes before opening on Saturday and got tickets for guided " hidden house tour" in the afternoon. We went to the house first. Very nice downstairs part. Lots to do and try. You can (and should) touch everything and try all the activities. Upstairs is also nice, lots of information about castle and house history. We saw deers from conservatory.
After that, we went to see the castle. It's 15 minutes walk uphill. Lovely old ruin and nice views.
Then we returned to house just in time for our tour. It was behind the scenes walk. We saw rooms and places that aren't normally open to visitors. We also went on the roof and had a lovely view at the whole park. Our guide Owen (I think) was great and very knowledgeable. By the time we finished our tour (3 pm), they unfortunatelly already stopped serving food in cafe. We left to go for a lunch as we were starving, but there was still so much to do - cattle, deer trial etc.

Definitelly woth visiting.

Visited October 2013
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“House, Park&Gardens and Castle 3 visits in one”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

Be prepared to walk if you want to squeeze in everything or just pick and chose. A late, warm summers day was great fro dragonfly spotting and the views from the castle were worth the walk up. The house is better from the outside and is one of those NT properties were the histroy of use of the house has resulted in little of the the original furnishings left to view.

Visited September 2013
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Daventry, United Kingdom
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“Lovely house and castle ruins”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

This National Trust property known as Newton House, is set in magnificent parklands topped with the ruins of Dinefwr Castle. It would be possible to spend a good day roaming the estate but we were on limited time so chose to concentrate on the lovely house. In its time it has been not just a country home but also a WW2 Casualty Clearing station (some of the wounded from Dunkirk were treated here) an Arts Centre and a recording studio
Since its acquisition by the NT it has been refurbished so that some rooms are as they might have looked in the early 20th Century. There are many artifacts of the period to enjoy and an excellent video in the basement illustrating the roles of the various servants that a house like this employed.

Visited October 2013
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