The ruins of Cardigan Castle dominate the skyline
above the town of Cardigan, Wales.
Once full of medieval splendour, the castle is now in an extremely poor
state: its walls propped up by scaffolding and the gardens overgrown.
Cardigan Castle History
Although the castle has been destroyed and rebuilt at various times
throughout the centuries, the present mix of Medieval, Georgian and 20th-century architecture
But it is not only the building that gives Cardigan
Castle its historical significance. It is also the people who lived, fought and
died within its walls that make the building of great importance.
One such figure was the Lord Rhys, one of Wales' most prominent rulers, who
battled against the Normans in the 12th century, eventually capturing the castle from the
overlords and re-constructing it using stone.
So delighted was the Lord Rhys with the Cardigan Castle,
that he put on a festival to show it off. This was to be the precursor to Wales' National
Eisteddfod, the arts festival that attracts over 160,000 visitors during its ten days and is
the largest of its kind in Europe.
Three centuries on from Lord Rhys, Henry VII stayed at Cardigan on his way
to battle at Bosworth and later gave the castle to Catherine of Aragon when she married his
In the 19th century, a new building was added to the property.
The Georgian Castle Green House was incorporated into part of
the remaining, ruinous structure and has been used as a private residence for much of its
Barbara Wood bought the house in the 1940s. After a series of battles
between Ms Wood and the local council in the 80s and 90s, it was bought back into public
Cardigan Castle Map
Address: 13 Strand, Cardigan, Ceredigion SA43 1EX
Aproximate Geographic Coordinates: 52.081608,-4.660129
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