Castell y Bere is located on a secondary road and journey from the main roads is definitely worth the effort as the scenery is breathtaking; breathtaking is a word that can be often overused but in Wales this word is more often true than not. Castell y Bere was built by Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Gwyneed in the early thirteenth century and constructed on a steep-sided flat-topped rock, with views of the Cadair Idris mountain range and the valley plain below.


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Castell y Bere requires some imagination as much of the structure has been leveled through the years and it was a tedious, slow journey to the site but the significance of this castle as a measure of Welsh resistance to the Norman interlopers and the beauty of the site is well worth the effort.


The entrance to the outer courtyard of Castell y Bere was through the doorway cut in the curtain and there was a drawbridge over a rock cut ditch.


From the outer courtyard, the path to the inner courtyard led uphill to a stairway and then a drawbridge would have been traversed to enter the inner courtyard. To the left of the staircase and drawbridge are the remains of a circular tower, directly to its right are a square gatehouse and I am located by the Inner Keep.


These are the remnants of the square-shaped Middle Keep looking across the inner courtyard to the typically Welsh D-shaped tower, which was the North Keep.


These are the remains of the North Tower looking at the most beautiful valley plain below and the mountains in the distance.

Links to Our Visit in 2008 to Wales

Wales Home Page

The Mid-Wales Border


Devil's Bridge

Dyfi Furnace

Mountains and Seashore

Dyfi River Valley

Along the Way

Harlech Castle


Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Criccieth Castle

Anglesey Island

Beaumaris Castle


Rug Chapel

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