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 Castles of Wales - Aberystwyth Castle






Location
Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, Wales

Description
Aberystwyth Castle was once a mighty defensive fortress, and is now in ruins. In 1277, King Edward I ordered the construction of Aberystwyth Castle (along with others at Flint, Rhuddlan and Builth). Aberystwyth Castle is a diamond-shaped concentric fortress, with towers at each point of the inner and outer diamonds to defend all sides of the castle. It was one of the first castles with inner and outer concentric walls. There is a dry moat to the west with round towers on the walls. The castle is built on a rocky promontary overlooking the sea.


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  Castell y Bere, Gwynedd







Castell y Bere
Aberystwyth Castle. Inside the ruins of the main keep. The central plinth of the ring of stones is engraved to commemorate their use in the Eisteddfod of 1915.

Photograph by David Stowel. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Castell y Bere
Aberystwyth Castle. Looking towards the Royal Pier and Constitution Hill from the castle grounds. The old college building is also partially visible.

Photograph by John Lucas. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


 Aberystwyth Castle map