Bronllys Castle Talgarth

talgarth-visitor-centre-brecon‘Ascend the ancient motte to the 12th century stone keep, and views over the River Llynfi and the town.  Legend says there’s a secret passage to Talgarth Tower (now the visitor centre)’

Open daily 10 – 4, admission free.  No disabled access and is open to the public between April to October.

Bronllys castle is positioned to the south of the village of Talgarth.  It is a motte and bailey castle, which is a stronghold with a stone keep on raised  earthwork, which is called the motte.  Built around 1144 by Walter de Clifford, by 1233 a forxce of 200 men were stationed here to defend against Walter’s father in Law Llywelyn ab Iorwerth.  Ownership of the castle was later taken over by the Giffards and the Earls of Heredord.

Henry IV took posession of the castle in 1399 and it was improved to hold firm against Owain Glyndwr during the early part of his rebellion, early 15th century.  By 1583 the castle was in need of repair and was taken over by the Duke of Buckingham who did nothing to help it.  It is now maintained by CADW .

Bronllys Castle by Keith Salvesen [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons