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Haverfordwest Castle

The castle stands on a superb, naturally defensive position at the end of a strong, isolated ridge with a sheer cliff on the east. It was an English foundation, first established by Gilbert de Clare, earl of Pembroke in the mid-12th century, and remained an English stronghold throughout its history.

History of Haverfordwest Castle

1248 ~ Humphrey II de Bohun acquires the castle.

1257 ~ Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, Prince of Gwynedd, attacks the castle.

1265 ~ The castle is taken by William de Valence, Earl of Pembroke, during the Second Barons' War.

1274 ~ The Crown intervenes and grants it back to the de Bohun family, to the next generation, Humphrey III de Bohun. (more in the History section)

Castle today

The castle can be found in the centre of the town overlooking the busy roads that surround the castle. You can park to the rear of the castle and walk through to the inner bailey, where sadly only a shell now remains of the buildings and walls.

Text by Fred Vincent