Castle Carreg Cennen can be found towering over the village of Trapp in the Welsh county of Carmarthenshire. Situated on a massive outcrop of limestone it is the quintessential image of a ruined and mythical welsh fortress. Archaeological finds suggest it may have been occupied as a defensive site as early as the late iron age. On a clear day the views of, and from, Carreg Cennen are spectacular. A passage leads from the castle to a large natural cavern deep within the rock in which there is a natural spring that could provide drinking water if the fortress was besieged – which it was on several occasions. The spring in the cave is said to have the power grant wishes. The origins and purpose of the cave remain something of a mystery. Carreg Cennen Castle has had a turbulent history and seen many conflicts from the Norman conquest of Wales to the War of the Roses. It was finally destroyed by Yorkist forces around 1461. During the 1960s the Morris family of Castell Farm acquired the farm as a result of a legal error on the part of the previous owner, Lord Cawdor. For all the ghostly atmosphere of the place there are few if any mentions of it being haunted.
Please note that parking is in the valley at Castle Farm and to reach the castle it is a somewhat strenuous uphill walk which can be difficult especially in wet weather.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Carmarthenshire, Wales, SA20 0NT
+44 (0)1550 760 257
- Address: (Castle Farm Lane), Trap (Llandeilo), Carmarthenshire, Wales, United Kingdom, SA19 6UA
- GPS: 51.853819104211475,-3.9379334449768066
- Phone: 0044 (0)1558 822 291
- Part of UK: Wales
- Sat Nav Postcode: SA19 6UA
- Entrance Fees: Yes
- Disabled Access: Very Limited
- Visibility from Road: Good - From a distance