Ruined castle dating from 1215
It was begun about 1277 on the site of an earlier motte.
The story of the Isle of Man after the Celts and Vikings which is told in great detail in the House of Manannan in Peel is continued here – we were very lucky to be given a very detailed explanation of the history of Man after the Vikings through the Scots and the Lords of Man to the present day by the guide at the bottom of the tower – excellent - thank you – the building itself packs some history and has had many roles during its time – royal residence court prison – it is worth climbing to the top for the views of the Island which were spectacular on the day of our visit – again we met Lindsey on our way out – thank you An interesting visit to a well-preserved and curated castle.
Little remains today beyond the outline of earth-covered walls, but in its time Builth ranked with Harlech and Caernarfon as one of Edward's most impressive fortifications in Wales.
Castle Road, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales Heritage Rating: Traces of earthwork is all that remains of this castle with the turbulent past so typical of many Welsh castles.
These, despite Owain Glyn Dwr's best efforts, still stand to a good height today.
We visited the castle in the midst of winter and were totally entertained for free!