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Castell Dinas Brân

Castell Dinas Brân

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Recommended by 87 out of 87 hikers

This Highlight goes through a protected area

Please check local regulations for: Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB

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  • Dan Hobson

    Castell Dinas Brân is an enchanting ruin sat atop a rugged and prominent hilltop above Llangollen. You are afforded wonderful views from the summit that are framed by the ruins. Whilst the castle is first recorded in 12th century historical documents, the ruins you see today date to the occupation of the princes of Powys Fadog in the mid 13th century. The castle sits on top of an Iron Age hillfort that was built around 600 BC.

    • October 8, 2019

  • Towering high above the Dee Valley and the bustling town of Llangollen, home of the International Eisteddfod, Castell Dinas Bran occupies one of Britain's most spectacular sites. A rugged, foreboding pinnacle, the hillock was the ideal spot to erect a castle. It seemed completely impenetrable, commanded views for miles around, and offered quick recognition of an approaching visitor, whether friend or foe. Yet, the native Welsh princes of Powys occupied the hilltop for only a few decades.

    Today, that same site is open to exploration by the public. Forced to climb to the summit, modern visitors experience the struggle and the exhilaration that the castle's medieval inhabitants - and their Edwardian attackers - must have felt. Without a doubt, the walk is a breathtaking challenge. However, that climb heightens the allure of Dinas Bran. And, it demonstrates the stark reality of medieval castle life.

    • September 18, 2020

  • Beautiful castle ruins with great views of the valley and the cliffs of World's End!
    In fine weather, especially in morning and evening light, fantastic for photo sessions!

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    • August 5, 2017

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    3.21 mi
    1.9 mph
    725 ft
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    1.8 mph
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Location: Denbighshire, North Wales, Wales, United Kingdom


  • Distance276 yd
  • Uphill50 ft
  • Downhill50 ft
  • Opening Hours

    Open at all times

  • Entrance

    Free Entry


  • Address
    Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales LL20 8D

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