The Norman knight Odo de Barri was granted the lands of Manorbier, Penally and Begelly in gratitude for his military help in conquering Pembrokeshire after 1003.
Two of his sons acquired larger estates in Ireland, which became the main power base of the de Barris, known as the Barris of Olethan. His fourth son was Gerald de Barri. Known commonly as Gerald of Wales (the great twelfth century scholar) who was born at the castle. Renowned today for his chronicles and descriptions of life in his time.
“Manorbier Castle, the pleasantest place in Wales”
As you wander around the castle, atmospheric music helps transport your imagination back in time….
In the 21st Century, the castle has been used as a film location for “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” 1989 and “I Capture the Castle” 2001. When the moat was refilled with spring water…
Manorbier Castle will now be closed until March 2020.
The office is still manned for bookings and wedding enquiries.