Din LligwyMoelfre, Anglesey
Din Lligwy is the site of an ancient village, believed to date back to around the 4th century AD. Owned by Cadw, it is a well-preserved settlement that can be easily visualised once you reach the hill summit and walk between the substantial structural remains left behind. A real chance for you to walk amongst a part of Anglesey's history.
Found nestled near the east coast of Anglesey, not far from the maritime village of Moelfre, the Din Lligwy site covers half an acre. A precious piece of Anglesey's heritage; many of its visitors say this striking site has a real atmosphere within its walls. It’s not often you see such extensive architectural remains that have given us a chance to learn more about those who lived here so long ago. A place where the whole family can step back in time and imagine how an ancient community would have lived!
Found on the way to the popular Lligwy beach and only a short walk from the road, it's definitely worth a little detour. A pretty walk through a field and woodland with younger children enjoying the opportunity to explore the site, and play hide and seek amongst the ruins.
The Din Lligwy settlement was occupied during the late Roman period and was probably home to a small farming community. Constructed from the local limestone, Din Lligwy is part of Cadw, the Welsh Government organisation that aims to conserve Wales's heritage. Cadw is a Welsh word meaning ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’ and it’s hoped that it will aid the understanding of Wales’ history and promote its safeguarding. A handful of events are run at the site throughout the summer months.
Excavations that occurred between 1905-1907 uncovered hundreds of artifacts dating from the Roman period. These included pottery, coins, animal bones made into tools and musical instruments. The size and shape of the buildings vary considerably; the excavation seemed to propose the round structures were homes as smelting hearths and iron remnants were discovered in some of the rectangular buildings, suggesting these buildings were workshops used for metal workings. Other rectangular buildings are thought to have housed the villages livestock.
What sets this site apart from the majority of ancient settlements is that a great deal of it has survived the test of time with the outer wall remaining almost intact, just much reduced in height! The trees surrounding Din Lligwy are relatively new, in terms of the age of the community; meaning previously the villagers would have enjoyed uninterrupted views towards Moelfre and Lligwy bay - lucky them! A worthwhile visit for anyone looking to adventure into the past.
1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019
Daily: 10am - 4pm
**Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
Limited parking as the attraction is accessed from the roadside, there is a lay-by for a couple of cars only.
Access is by foot, a 200 metre walk through fields (which can get wet and muddy), not suitable for wheelchairs or prams.
Assistance dogs only.
Other useful info
- Purchase a CADW explorer pass if you are planning on visiting more than one CADW site during your stay. Three or seven day explorer passes are available to give you free admission to the historic sites in the care of Cadw.
- Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at the site.The site is no smoking and please approach with care and caution for your safety and the safety of others as this is agricultural land/a working farm with livestock and/or machinery
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