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Kidwelly Castle

Through the mist, the soldiers on the battlements heard the sound of a horse approaching. They would have been prepared for an imminent attack, but before they could make out whether it was friend or foe, their unexpected visitors drew closer, and the soldiers saw they weren’t on horseback after all - it was a knight, accompanied by just one servant, banging together the two halves of a coconut shell.

The iconic opening scene of Monty Python and the Holy Grail is etched in British comedy history, and it was filmed here, at the mighty Kidwelly Castle in Carmarthenshire. You can see why they chose it. This striking Norman stronghold is a majestic structure, very well preserved. Clearly built for strategic purposes, the design of the castle and its fortifications indicates it was intended to withstand heavy attacks or sieges. There are four large round towers, with concentric rings of defence that would have made it a difficult castle to breach. It was the focus of several battles between the 13th and 15th centuries, when the English used it to keep back the Welsh.

In one such battle, Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, wife of Welsh prince Gruffydd ap Rhys, was beheaded. A memorial to her stands outside the gatehouse at Kidwelly Castle, and it is even rumoured that her headless ghost haunts the surrounding countryside. Try not to let that bother you when you’re wandering round! The castle is open to visitors from March to October, with some free parking available on-site.


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Castle School House
Castle School House

Castle School House

Castle School House Bailey Street, Kidwelly, Wales
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Kidwelly, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kidwelly Castle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kidwelly Industrial Museum and Cefn Sidan Beach. Cefn Sidan Beach and Pembrey Circuit are also within 3 miles (5 km). Kidwelly Station is 13 minutes by foot.

    Ty'r Ystrad
    Ty'r Ystrad

    Ty'r Ystrad

    26 Alstred Street, Kidwelly, Wales
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kidwelly Castle and Kidwelly Industrial Museum. Cefn Sidan Beach and Pembrey Circuit are also within 3 miles (5 km). Kidwelly Station is 13 minutes by foot.

      Middle Mill
      Middle Mill

      Middle Mill

      Carmarthen Road, Carmarthenshire, Kidwelly, Wales
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Kidwelly, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kidwelly Castle and Kidwelly Industrial Museum. Cefn Sidan Beach is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away. Kidwelly Station is 21 minutes by foot.

        Pen-yr-erw
        Pen-yr-erw

        Pen-yr-erw

        Penyrerw Horeb Road Mynyddygarreg, Kidwelly, Wales
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Kidwelly, this cottage is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Kidwelly Industrial Museum and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Kidwelly Castle. Glyn Abbey Golf Club and Cefn Sidan Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          The Lodge
          The Lodge

          The Lodge

          The Lodge Heathfield Horeb Road, Kidwelly, Wales
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Kidwelly, this cottage is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Kidwelly Industrial Museum and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Kidwelly Castle. Glyn Abbey Golf Club and Cefn Sidan Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Elder Cottage
            Elder Cottage

            Elder Cottage

            Morfa Bach Farm Capel Teilo Road, Kidwelly, Wales
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Kidwelly, this cottage is within 3 miles (5 km) of Kidwelly Industrial Museum, Kidwelly Castle and Glyn Abbey Golf Club. Cefn Sidan Beach and Cefn Sidan Beach are also within 9 miles (15 km).

              Lakelands
              Lakelands

              Lakelands

              Lakelands Pembrey, Burry Port, Wales
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Burry Port, this cottage is within 3 miles (5 km) of Kidwelly Castle, Pembrey Circuit and Kidwelly Industrial Museum. Burry Port Lighthouse and Cefn Sidan Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                The Old Cow Shed
                The Old Cow Shed

                The Old Cow Shed

                The Old Cow Shed, Tanylan Farm Holidays, Kidwelly, Wales
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Kidwelly cottage is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Cefn Sidan Beach and Cefn Sidan Beach. Kidwelly Castle is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.