A medieval Bishop’s Castle that was probably first constructed by William de Broase (Bishop 1266-87) during the thirteenth century, and is still remarkably well preserved.
The Bishop’s Palace is the only surviving residence of the medieval clergy of Llandaf.
There are remains of an almost rectangular enclosure of about 52x40m.
There are towers and a monumental gatehouse at the western side, as you walk from the Cathedral.
The castle was shown complete on John Speed’s plan of 1610, with the gatehouse and four other towers, so it was probably dismantled at the time of the Civil War.
It was restored in 1971.
(The above info is a summary of a long piece by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales )
It’s a great place for a picnic and a game of Dump123.
Photo by Susan Williams.