To get to Carreg Cennen Castle follow sign for Llandeilo, or as I prefer stay on the A48 to Crosshands and at the roundabout turn right taking the road for Aberglasney Gardens.
At Llandeilo you will reach a roundabout (painted on the road), drive straight across (If there's no traffic) and follow signs for Carreg Cennen.
You will soon know you are getting near, because the view of the castle perched high on the hill top is spectacular.
At the car park there are toilets. To get to the castle you pass through a farm yard with shop and refreshments. There is an admission charge to visit the castle, but worth every penny just for the view from the top.
It is quite a climb but fairly easy, but it must have been tough for the invaders of this 13th century castle, being showered with arrows or whatever. Approach from the opposite direction would have been impossible as the castle teeters on the edge of a 100mtrs/ 325ft cliff. A passageway cut into the cliff face leads to a natural cave under the castle which may have been inhabited in prehistoric times.
The existing castle,dating from around 1300, led a chequered life, falling into Welsh and English hands during the troubled medieval period.
Its fate was sealed in 1462 when the castle was partially dismantled by 500 men with picks and crowbars.
Good site for Picnics and Walking.
While the exterior face of the castle presents an impression of strength and defiance, much of the interior of Carreg Cennen is considerably ruined, the result of demolition in 1462 after the Wars of the Roses. Nevertheless, we can still gain an accurate image of how the medieval fortress would have appeared. What we can see are the remains of several buildings, spaced along the walls of the inner ward. The formidable twin-towered gatehouse on the north wall was the main entry point into the inner courtyard. Immediately before the gatehouse are the remains of the Middle Gate Tower, the last line of defense before the gatehouse was breached. If attackers advanced to this point, they would have been met by a rain of arrows from this tower. (The basement level of the Middle Gate Tower was probably used as a prison.) The gatehouse was also defended with a drawbridge, and contained arrowslits, two portcullises, heavy wooden doors, battlements and machicolations (openings through which water or missiles could be dropped down on fires or unsuspecting attackers). Each octagonal tower also had a ground floor guardroom. Access to the upper floors and the wall- walk was via a spiral staircase, easing movement between the gatehouse and the two northern corner towers. In addition, the gatehouse acted as the castle's keep, the last refuge during an onslaught.
The Castle and Cave are open Daily.
Last admission to the Castle 45 minutes before closing.
Adults : £5.00
Children : £3.50
Family Ticket (2 Adults & up to 3 Children): £13.50
Torch hire to explore the cave: £1.50
Dogs are allowed to all outside areas – they must be kept on a lead at ALL times.
Open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
British Winter time = November to March 9.30am – 4.30pm
British Summer time = April to October 9.30 am -6.00pm
Last admission to the Castle is 45 minutes before closing.
Car Park gates are locked daily at 6.30pm.