Castell Dinas Brân

Castell Dinas Brân is a medieval castle located within the earthworks of an earlier Iron Age hillfort

and was probably built in the 1260s by Gruffudd ap Madog, Lord of Powys Fadog.


Its existence as a castle was short-lived, as it was burned by the Welsh at the time of Edward I’s

campaign to prevent it being taken by the English, and abandoned in 1282.


At some point after it ceased to be a stronghold, part of it was probably used as a dwelling,

as it is reputed to have been the home of Myfanwy Fychan, in the 14th century.


A bard, Hywel ap Einion Llygliw c. 1330-1370, wrote a love poem to Myfanwy Fychan of Castell Dinas Brân.

The site, which rises to a thousand feet (307m), must have retained some importance even after

it was abandoned as it is it said to have been attacked by Owain Glyndŵr in 1402,

although it seems he failed to capture it.

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