Sunday, 14 September 2008

Aberystwyth Castle

Standing out at the end of the promenade in Aberystwyth is its most impressive feature, the castle, which was built in 1277 by King Edward I on the site of previous defensive fortifications constructed by Llewelyn the Great.

Unlike the other castles built in Wales during this period, for example at Caernarvon and Harlech, Aberystwyth unfortunately is a ruin, not through war but simply through neglect and the pounding of the fierce waves of Cardigan Bay. Personally I think that its tumbled-down features add to its charm, and even on the coldest, wettest day I think you'd enjoy walking around it - I certainly did!

Right out on the promontory you'll also find a huge memorial to soldiers who died during World War 2. It's all very dramatic and rather stirring...

From Aberystwyth Castle


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