Dinas Bran translates as Crow City in English, but it is usually known as “Crow Castle,” “Hill of the Crow,” or “Bran’s Stronghold”. Castell Dinas Bran is set high above Llangollen, on the North side of the River Dee, and can be seen for miles around and is one of several Castles in North Wales.
It was first fortified in the Iron Age and the remains of these defensive earthworks can still be seen. The first castle on the site is thought to date from the 8th century AD. The castle which stands today was probably built in the late 1260’s by Gruffyd Maelor II, son of Madog ap Gruffyd Maelor I. In 1277 it was besieged and captured by an English army under the command of the Earl of Lincoln. He reduced the castle to a ruin. Edward I did consider restoring the castle, but never did, and Castell Dinas Bran has remained a picturesque ruin ever since.
Being just a few miles this side of the Wales-English border, Chrik Castle only just qualifies for our Castles in North Wales.
"Completed in 1310, Chirk is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I still lived in today. Features from its 700 years include the medieval tower and dungeon, 17th-century Long Gallery, grand 18th-century state apartments, servants' hall and historic laundry. The award-winning gardens contain clipped yews, herbaceous borders, shrub and rock gardens. A terrace with stunning views looks out over the Cheshire and Salop plains. The parkland provides a habitat for rare invertebrates, wild flowers and contains many mature trees and also some splendid wrought-iron gates, made in 1719 by the Davies brothers."
Please be aware that there are some major re-servicing works going on at Chirk Caslte at the moment and some rooms may be empty