Carndochan Castle was probably built by Llywelyn the Great in 1215-1230. The stronghold defended the eastern border of Gwynedd and the important route that ran between Bala and Dolgellau, and also provided protection for the royal herds grazed on upland pastures. It is not known when the castle was abandoned. Excavations from the nineteenth century discovered blackened earth, bones and charcoal, which suggests that the end of the stronghold was related with a fire and violent destruction.
Only the relics of the walls and the southern tower with a maximum height of up to 2 meters have survived to the present. Admission to the ruins of the castle, placed at Snowdonia National Park area, is free.
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