Castell AberlleiniogLlangoed, Anglesey
Located just outside Llangoed which is on the south-east corner of the island, this stone structure is not too far from Beaumaris.Castell Aberlleiniog translates from Welsh into English as ‘Castle of the River Lleiniog’; the Norman’s who built it were clearly logical when it came to giving their settlements a name!
Whilst a stone structure is what you can see today, there was originally a wooden building but that was eventually replaced. This is a traditional motte and bailey fortress built atop a steep incline; due to its elevated position close to the Menai Strait, opposite the Norman castle at Abergwyngregyn, as well as having strong fortifications, it would have been a force to be reckoned with. The site is widely thought to have been founded by Hugh d’Avranches who was the first Earl of Chester, after his invasion and subsequent conquering of Gwynedd in 1088.
Whilst the remains aren’t a ruin on the scale of the beautiful Caernarfon Castle in Snowdonia or nearby Beaumaris, it’s still fascinating to see and touch what’s left of the round towers which stand at each corner of the keep. Castell Aberlleiniog is situated just outside the village of Llangoed, which is a short drive (approx two miles) from the popular seaside town of Beaumaris on the southeast corner of Anglesey. If you’re staying in or near Beaumaris, then do consider taking a trip here, especially because it’s a free attraction. It’s a good way to while away an hour or so and is good for both history buffs and those who are just starting to explore this interest, such as the little ones!
Open All year round
Free parking but a bit of a walk to the castle.
Uneven includes steps and trips
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