Tre’r Ceiri Iron Age Hillfort

The spectacular Iron Age fort that is suspiciously still intact

One of the most impressive hill fort in Britain lies in north Tre’r Ceiri, means ‘Town of the Giants’. It is one of if not the best preserved Iron Age site in Wales. The iron age fort lies 485 metres above sea level on the peak of Yr Eifl on the Llyn Peninsula in Gwtnedd.

In some places, the outer walls are still over 4 metres high which were designed to protect this once heavily populated settlement. There are over 150 stone houses with many of its stone walls still intact. This heather cover plateau is said to have supported up to 500 people. One of the theories to why the fort is so well preserved is because of its isolation. Many hill forts from the Iron Age were looted for its stones but the ‘Town of Giants’ being in relative isolation was protected from this.

Archaeological investigation began in 1904 where they found many artifacts to give us a glimpse of life in the hill fort. Most of the finds were iron tools, pottery and glass beads stone spindle-whorls which came from the Roman period (AD50-400), which shows that Tre’r Ceiri was still in use when the Romans occupied north wales. But it was not until later excavations in the 1950s where we gained greater understanding of the settlements construction and defenses. One particular area of interest was the Early Bronze Age burial cairn on the summit.

If you fancy going on a walk to the site we’ve found one for you here.



Tre’r Ceiri, Gwynedd by Rhion Pritchard licensed under CC by 2.0

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