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Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis

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Dolbadarn Castle (English: dol-BAD-an; Welsh: Castell Dolbadarn Welsh pronunciation: [kastɛɬ dɔl'badaːn]) is a fortification built by the Welsh prince Llywelyn the Great during the early 13th century, at the base of the Llanberis Pass, in northern Wales. The castle was important both militarily and as a symbol of Llywelyn's power and authority. The castle features a large stone keep, which historian Richard Avent considers "the finest surviving example of a Welsh round tower". In 1284 Dolbadarn was taken by Edward I, who removed some of its timbers to build his new castle at Caernarfon. The castle was used as a manor house for some years, before falling into ruin. In the 18th and 19th century it was a popular destination for painters interested in Sublime and Picturesque landscapes. It is now owned by Cadw and managed as a tourist attraction, and is protected as a grade I listed building.
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  • Really enjoyed this visit and worth visiting waterfall that’s staggered opposite in lamberis village too. catch glimpse of snowdonia mountain rail. 
    Really enjoyed this visit and worth visiting waterfall that’s staggered opposite in lamberis village too. catch glimpse of snowdonia mountain rail.  more »
  • It was a pleasure and a privilage to visit a castle of the native Welsh Princes of Gwynedd. My only issue is that the castle is not signposted, there is a small parking area which is not marked ( we....  more
    It was a pleasure and a privilage to visit a castle of the native Welsh Princes of Gwynedd. My only issue is that the castle is not signposted, there is a small parking area which is not marked ( we....  more »
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  • Free to visit with the added bonus of some spectacular views through the lens of your cameras. If you wish to climb the castle steps to the top then be prepared to navigate steep stairs in a narrow stairways. The views from the top will make your trip worthwhile..
  • Small but fantastically situated castle. Information board on the wall gives a summary of its history and a very steep and narrow spiral staircase leads to the top, which is enclosed in a metal cage for safety. The views over the lake and the mountainous backdrop are spectacular.

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