Notes: Castle is accessed from a minor road off the A483 near Abermule. A small car park provides enough space for a few cars whilst a farm track doubles as the footpath to the castle.
WHAT IS THERE TO SEE?
The ruins of a castle built by the last native born Prince of Wales. The masonry no longer exists to any great height by the layout of the fortification, including the base of the rectangular Keep, can be appreciated.
1. The thirteenth century Montgomery Castle was designed and built by Hubert de Burgh who was also responsible for the Three Castles in the Lordship of the same name; Skenfrith, Grosmont and White. As the primary Norman-English outpost in the area, it was a source of tension with the native Welsh and explains the construction of Dolforwyn Castle.
Designed to counter the threat from nearby Montgomery and mark the eastern extremity of his dominion, Dolforwyn Castle was built by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. Before it was completed it came under siege from the forces of Edward I during the first War of Welsh Independence after which it was occupied by the English for around one hundred years.
HISTORY OF DOLFORWYN CASTLE
Dolforwyn Castle was built by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (Llywelyn the Last) in 1273 and was intended to counter nearby Montgomery Castle which had been a site of tension with the native Welsh since its establishment in the 1070s. Gruffudd had been formally recognised as Prince of Wales by Henry III at the Treaty of Montgomery (1267) and it likely he hoped by constructing Dolforwyn,