Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn 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 and ingenuity.


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 English army.

Within two years, the castle was abandoned, to be further assaulted for its building stone and timber beams.

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