Castle stands above Llyn Padarn, between Caernarfon and Snowdonia.
Built by the Welsh Princes it dates to
the 13th century and built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth.
Of simplistic design it remains in solid
condition and predates the English fortresses of the Edwardian
conquest and provides evidence of the extent of Llywelyn's influence
The castle did not die with Llywelyn the Great in 1240 it was active
until nearly 1300 and used for the imprisonment of Owain ap Gruffydd
by his younger brother Llywelyn the Last during their struggles for
control of North Wales in the 1250's.
Owain spent 20 years as a prisoner
living on the upper floor of the castle. Dolbadarn was seized by the
Within two years, the castle was
abandoned, to be further assaulted for its building stone and timber
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