Originally thought to have been built in 1246, recent excavated evidence suggests that it must have been in existence for some years before. Many early Welsh castles are of similar form, perched in defensible positions high on hilltops, overlooking valleys, with a strong tower and a defended ward whose size and shape were dictated by the size and shape of the hilltop. Indeed, the similarity between the layout of Dryslwyn and that of Dinefwr, in particular, reinforces the idea that the same Welsh prince conceived their initial plans. At a later date, the castle was deliberately put to the torch, with very extensive archaeological evidence to show that all the major buildings were burnt to the ground. Demolition of the upstanding walls followed, apart from two prominent sections on the south side.
Old castles with their links to the past often conjure up pictures of ghosts and paranormal events. Dryslwyn Castle is no exception and has established a reputation amongst "ghost watchers" who have experienced the special aura, which captivates all those who sense it. The Castle has a rich history of both dramatic and tragic events and there is a wealth of interest from people wanting to experience it for themselves. Dare you seek this Cache at nightfall?
Note: Both the car park and castle are free of charge and there is a nice picnic area next to the River Towy if you’re visiting on a pleasant day.
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