Dean Powell has gained a wide reputation for his fascinating guided walks of the ancient hilltop town of Llantrisant.

IMG 5057Drawing hundreds of visitors to the South Wales community every year, his series of tours offer an incredible insight into the 1,500 year history of one of the oldest settlements in Wales.

From its origins as a sophisticated Celtic community, Llantrisant became one of the most strategically important Norman strongholds in South Wales and, as such, has witnessed a colourful history.

Today, many of its landmark buildings stand as a testimony to turbulent times, boasting a tradition of fierce battles, ancient customs, and notorious characters from eccentric druids to captured kings of England.

Learn more about how Christianity came to the hilltop from the country's largest ecclesiastical college and how the Normans built a stone fortress on the site of a Welsh military base.

You will be fascinated by the stories of the Llantrisant longbowmen who fought for the Black Prince at the Battle of Crecy in 1346, the same year that the town received a Charter and created a community of Freemen.

Find out how the town survived tragedy, plague, epidemics and attacks to become a thriving market town which boasted 27 pubs and a reputation for nightly brawls, debauchery and drunkenness.

Llantrisant boasts an incredible history. It may be a small town, but it has a big story!

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