Dolbadarn Castle is a small but facinating Dog-friendly site housing the ruins a 13th-century tower fort, with info boards & countryside views
Welsh castle and solitary guardian of Snowdonia’s Llanberis Pass
Occupying a lofty, lonely spot overlooking the waters of Llyn Padarn, native-built Dolbadarn Castle was once a vital link in the defences of the ancient kingdom of Gwynedd, it stood watch over the strategic route inland from Caernarfon to the upper Conwy Valley.
Today the site is dominated by the sturdy round tower, very different in style to the unmortared slate slabs which make up the castle’s curtain walls. Standing 50ft/15.2m high, the tower’s design was probably inspired by that of similar fortresses built by Llywelyn’s rivals in the borderlands of the southern Marches.
Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.
pay and display carpark across the road from the castle
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