Castell Dinas Bran, Llangollen

Castell Dinas Brân is a medieval castle occupying a prominent hilltop site above the town of Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales. The presently visible castle was probably built in the 1260s by Gruffydd Maelor II, a Prince of Powys Fadog, on the site of several earlier structures, including an Iron Age hillfort.Dinas Brân has been variously translated as the "crow's fortress" or "fortress of Brân", with Brân as the name of an individual or of a nearby stream. An English name, "Crow Castle", has also been used since at least the 18th century.Early historyThe first building placed at Dinas Brân was not the castle which now stands in ruins on top of the mountain but an Iron Age hillfort built around 600 BC. An earthen rampart was constructed probably topped by a wooden palisade and this was further protected by a deep ditch on the shallower southern slope. The walls of the hillfort encircled a village of roundhouses. Dinas Brân is one of many hillforts in this part of Wales; Moel y Gaer is just a couple of miles to the north-west near the Horseshoe Pass, and another is close by at Y Gardden in Ruabon to the east. There are many others on the Clwydian Hills further to the north and in the Marches to the south.
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  • Conquered the castell dinas bran. Stunning view from the top, overlooking a huge country side scenery  more »
  • We could see Dinas Bran from our weekend cottage and, as the weather was so good, had an ideal opportunity to try the walk. One of the local described it as a 'good' walk which I'd agree with - took a...  more »
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  • The sense of achievement after the steep walk up is worth it! The ruins are nice to walk around, and the views are incredible! You're sure to meet some sheep along the way. Parking is just on the narrow road nearby.
  • Great place at the top of a quite steep hill. Rewarded by fantastic views and a sense of achievement. Not easy to find or get to though.
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