This important Norman castle is near Carmarthen town centre and dates mainly to the early 12th century, at a time when the Roman town walls were still standing. Today, only a few remains can be explored, but it is still well worth a visit, with good views from the top of a surviving tower and motte.
The ruins include a 14th-century gatehouse, corner towers, 13th and 15th-century town walls, and the early motte. Information boards near the curtain walls tell its history, as does the on-site tourist information centre. The castle’s early importance is reflected in its adoption by the crown. Its history includes use as a 12th-century administrative centre, wars between the Welsh and English, ownership in the 15th century by Edmund Tewdwr and occupation during the Civil War where it gained earthen ramparts. It was later used as a prison in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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