Aberystwyth Castle

Built on the site of an earlier castle built by Llewelyn ab Iorweth, in 1277, King Edward I ordered the construction of several formidable castles. They included Flint, Rhuddlan, Builth, and Aberystwyth. All these castles have survived and are accessible to the public. Of these four castles, two led the way into the future of castle construction. Designed as concentric fortresses, Rhuddlan and Aberystwyth Castles were innovative structures composed of rings of defenses, walls-within-walls, which allowed guards to defend their stronghold from several heights without firing upon their own men. Of the two castles, Aberystwyth is the most ruined, but in its heyday, the castle was every bit as intimidating and secure as its cousin in NE Wales.(The above is an extract from the excellent website [] and with kind permission of the author of many an historic essay on the various castles in Wales, Mrs Lise Hull.)
There was an older ringwork castle built by Gilbert de Clare on the banks of the River Ystwyth (called Castell Tan-y-Castell), but this castle was constructed on a new site by Llewelyn ab Iorweth during the early 13th Century. Today the whole castle...
The view or the stone faced ditch looking northwards towards the town, with the partial view of a round tower on the right corner.
Ruins of the north-west tower.
Remains of buildings on the north side of the castle.
Ruins of the south-east angle tower.
Remains of a doorway.
A different view of the east tower ruin.
Remains of one of the several towers on the curtain wall.
A large section of fallen wall reclines where it fell, possibly after the castle was slighted by Cromwell's forces.
Ruins of the east tower.
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