Aberystwyth Castle

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The castle, now in ruins, is mere yards away from the sea. Though Aberystwyth Castle was begun in 1277, the area has hosted other castles before it, the earliest being a fortress dating to the Iron Age.


Aberystwyth Castle was built as a diamond-shaped concentric fortress, with gatehouses at each point. Its walls-within-walls defenses allowed its guards to fire down from different heights, helping to avoid friendly fire. Beyond its guardtowers, the castle had two gatehouses, a barbican and a tall tower in the castle's inner ward. Today the castle rubble only hints at its past, its imposing structure destroyed by warring and its proximity to the sea. Historical accounts suggest that the castle had already begun to decay by 1343 due to wind and water erosion.

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