Wiston Castle

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This West Walean castle will take your breath away

Wiston Castle, standing among the open green fields of the Pembrokeshire countryside, is the perfect retreat to escape modern life.

You’ll climb up 75 steps to reach this unique structure, making this piece of Welsh history an impressive attraction for creating magical memories.

Who built Wiston Castle?

A Flemish founder by the name of Wizo founded the castle and the village of Wiston after being granted the land by Henry I. The Welsh attacked the castle in the mid-1100s and again later that century by Hywel Sais, son of the ruler of Wales, this time capturing Wizo’s son, Philip, with Philip’s wife and sons.

Walking through the Norman stone archway, you’ll no doubt imagine what it was like to live in those scary times.

The 1200s saw Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, Llywelyn the Great, destroying the castle, but the stone shell-keep you’ll see still stands at four metres high in places, largely unharmed.

Wiston Castle was left abandoned for many years, leaving lots of mystery about what happened here until Sir John Wogan took possession. At the end of the 13th-century, he moved to nearby Picton Castle and it’s thought the castle was not in use again until the Royalists created a small outpost here in the 1600s.

After walking around the site, you’ll want to take a seat on the manicured grounds and soak up the eventful past. The castle has a short history, but we’re sure you’ll be telling your friends and family to come and explore these beautiful grounds for themselves.

Stop by the local for a pub lunch

We recommend spending the day here to fully appreciate Wiston Castle’s magnificent beauty. But when you leave, a six-minute drive from the castle is where you’ll find The Cross Inn, a charming watering hole, oozing character and a delicious menu to stop those rumbling tummies.

If the sun’s out, take the pub classics and cold beers outside and relish the laid-back setting catching some rays.

The beauty of Wiston Castle will make you want to return to relive the fascinating events that took place here.

Whether you come solo, with the kids, or a good friend for some fresh country air and a catch-up, Wiston Castle will become your new place for connecting with history and enjoying a tranquil day out.

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