Cilgerran castle in the Pembrokeshire village of Cilgerran is tucked away behind the high street, towering imposingly above the River Teifi and probably it’s location is best appreciated as you canoe down the river or walk along the footpath from Llechryd to Cilgerran.
Brief History of the Castle
In the early middle ages this area was fought over by the Normans and native Welsh. In 1100 an earth and timber castle was on the current site with the current castle dating form 13th and 14th centuries.
William Marshal of Pembroke and his successors rebuilt the castle from the early 13th century. This is the design we see today.The unusual medieval design with two joined towers rather than one centre tower still stands today. It is possible to climb the stone stairs up to the higher rooms. Fireplaces can be seen perched precariously high up in the walls.
Cilgerran Castle Today
Many events are held in the castle from egg hunts to open air productions of Shakespeare. Picnic tables are provided round to the right as you enter the castle grounds and toilets are on site.
Cilgerran Castle is in the guardianship of Cadw – Welsh Assembly Government’s historic environment service
www.castlewales.com – lots of images of Cilgerran Castle over the years
See also: Cardigan Castle and Pentre Ifan Neolithic Burial Chamber