Castell y Bere
When I think of native Welsh castles I tend to think of sturdy defensive towers like Dolbadarn; Castell y Bere is on a completely different scale, with three towers, courtyards, curtain walls and a drawbridge.
The display board at the site gives a pretty good idea of what it may have looked like.
It was built by Llywelyn ab Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great), Prince of Gwynedd, in around 1221.
He and his successors occupied it until 25th April 1283 when it fell to the English under Edward I. It was finally abandoned around 1294.
I was labouring under some difficulty this day, as I accidentally left my camera behind at our hotel and the battery ran out on my ex-wifeʼs camera soon after we got to Castell y Bere.
I was thus reduced to taking photos on my Samsung Galaxy SIII. Within the limitations of the phone, the quality is surprisingly good.