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“Small, but fun to explore”
Review of Dolwyddelan Castle

Dolwyddelan Castle
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Reviewed 6 September 2018

My family, including my two 10-year old twin daughters visited the castle in July 2018.

The generally-used car park is at the foot of the tor on which the castle sits, and to access the castle this way, you have to pass through a farm and pay a fee. My understanding is that this fee is to cross the farm. It isn't a fee for parking or a charge to access the castle as such. The reason I say this, is that you can walk from Dolwydellan (or park further back down the road) and by-pass the main park and farm entirely. This route isn't secret, isn't barred and is open to the public; it's just not advertised as an access path. We were told about it by a lady in the village.

So, onwards to the castle and it's a fairly steep climb, although the distance isn't that great - maybe quarter of a mile from bottom car park to castle. It is steep though and it isn't wheel-chair/buggy friendly.

The castle itself, one of the remnants of one of the many Princes of Wales of old, is a ruin, but has an enclosed keep which you can access by the stairs aside the old wall. If the door hadn't been open, it wouldn't have been obvious you could go in, but it's worth doing as the hall is full of information about the building's heritage.

If you're in the room, head off to the far right corner and some beautiful stone steps working their way up to the ramparts above. My children loved it - the ramp upstairs gives you access to unparalleled views across the river and valley below. Turn around to see the stunning Welsh Snowdonian vista. We spent ages up there despite the drizzle!

In summary, if you're looking for an interesting diversion for an hour or two (it's not somewhere you'd spend the whole day, probably) then this is a great place to visit. You don't have to pay if you're prepared to walk from bit further afield.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JamesMNewland
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"information boards"
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"farm house"
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"worth a visit"
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"short walk"
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"worth the climb"
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"north wales"
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"steep steps"
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"the main road"
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"betws y coed"
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"blaenau ffestiniog"
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"spectacular views"
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"welsh history"
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"young children"
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"entry fee"
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"free car park"
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"lovely walk"
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"parking lot"
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We parked in the large free car park at the bottom of the hill. We followed a path (not the official one!) up the hill to look for a geocache by the lake... We then carried on up the hill to the castle. Lovely castle, beautiful views and lots of info. I would not have paid £11.60 for a family ticket though.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mrsfletcher79
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

We stopped on the off chance as we were driving past. There is a large free car park. There was signage but not a lot of signage. Keep in mind that access to the castle is through a working farm, you pay at the farm house The route up is fairly steep and the castle is not large. However the view from the top is worth the climb.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Helen J
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Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Visited the castle today, a family ticket is £11.60. It’s a nice walk up to it, once up there, you can go inside one part and climb to the top. There are information boards about the history.
It did look like a group had been in there and had a party. There were a lot of old beer bottles and coffee cups left and other litter. Not the castles fault but not sure anyone goes up there to check it.
We felt the ticket was expensive considering the small area inside, we were only there a very short time and we’d seen it all.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kagsyb
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

We drove by this and just decided to stop. We parked in the gravel lot at the bottom of the hill off the road, then followed a path up. The "office" was in one of the buildings, we just walked up the half-open door. I think they only take cash, and there aren't any restrooms. After paying, we continued up the hill. There weren't any guides up there, but there are signs for information. For a while we were the only people there, it was nice!

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank elizschulte
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