Home of the dragon

Step into the history of Wales and the Dragon

A realm where myth and ancient legends of the dragons that once soared across the Welsh landscape are still alive!

As you learn and explore  on this journey, we invite you to ponder: What secrets lie hidden within the depths of Welsh mythology? What stories of heroism and adventure await discovery?

Why Does the Welsh Flag Bear a Dragon?

The majestic red dragon adorning the Welsh flag, known in Welsh as Y Ddraig Goch, literally Red Dragon. It is also sometimes referred to as the “dragon of Cadwalader” Was first used by king Cadwalader in the middle ages. The flag itself has adapted and changed over the years and there are several variations in existence and use.

Tales of  dragons flying and living in Wales stretch back over centuries, intertwining with the very fabric of Welsh history and identity.

Throughout history and to this very day the Welsh dragon serves as a powerful symbol of strength, courage, unity and resilience rallying the Welsh people together in times of triumph and tribulation alike. Its presence on the flag serves as a stirring reminder of Wales' its proud heritage and unwavering determination to stand tall against adversity.

  • Ancient Origins

    The origins of  dragons can be traced back to ancient Celtic mythology, where dragons were revered as powerful symbols of strength, wisdom, and protection. They were often depicted as guardians of sacred treasures and keepers of ancient knowledge, embodying the essence of the land itself.

  • The Red Dragon vs. The White Dragon

    This is an enduring and epic Arthurian tale of a great dragon battle.  The Red Welsh dragon fought the white dragon. According to legend, the two dragons fought ferociously, their mighty struggles shaking the very foundations of the earth.

    In the end, it was the fiery spirit of the red dragon that triumphed, securing its place as the proud National emblem of Wales.

  • Global Recognition

    Today, the Welsh dragon is recognised around the world as a proud emblem of Welsh identity and heritage. From sporting events to cultural celebrations, the iconic red dragon proudly flies as a symbol of Wales' rich history and vibrant culture, capturing the imagination of all who behold it.

The Gold Dragon Of Wales

The story of the Gold Dragon of Wales is a legend deeply ingrained in Welsh folklore and mythology. 

As the story goes, long ago in the rolling hills near Newcastle Emlyn, there lived a majestic dragon of shimmering gold scales. This dragon, known as the Emlyn Wyvern,, was said to be the last of its kind ever seen in Wales, a solitary guardian of the ancient treasures and Myths of the mountains. .

This Wyvern used to terrorise the Castle and the town and its golden shimmer would often be seen glinting across the waters of Cenarth falls as it approached the town.

Its last flight was over the town during a fair when it then landed in the Castle grounds and promptly fell asleep. A soldier determined to catch it lay a shawl down upon the river on which the dragon could rest. When the dragon awoke it was attracted to the shawl and flew down to snatch it. The soldier who was hidden nearby leapt forward and speared the dragon. It was said that the dragon's blood poisoned the river and killed all the fish for many years.

Today you can still see the Emlyn Wyvern sleeping over Newcastle Emlyns Castle gate so be very quiet as you enter!


Other Fascinating Facts and Insights Into Historic Welsh Dragons

The Fiery Red Dragons of Wales

In the vibrant tapestry of Welsh folklore, dragons reign supreme as majestic creatures of fiery red hues. These iconic symbols embody the very essence of Wales – a land ablaze with passion, courage, and untamed spirit.

From ancient manuscripts to modern artworks, the image of the Welsh dragon evokes a sense of awe and wonder, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who behold it.

Legends That Transcend Time

Tales of dragons have woven themselves into the very fabric of Welsh culture, inspiring a kaleidoscope of literature, art, and cultural traditions.

From epic poems to stirring ballads, the stories of these mythical beasts have enraptured the hearts and minds of generations, standing as timeless testaments to the power of storytelling and imagination.

The Battle of the Red and White Dragons

In the annals of Welsh mythology, an age-old tale unfolds – the epic clash between the red dragon and its white adversary.

Legend has it that these ancient rivals waged a titanic battle for supremacy, their fierce struggles echoing across the rugged landscape. In the end, it was the fiery spirit of the red dragon that emerged victorious, forever cementing its place as the proud emblem of Wales.

Dragons in the Landscape

As you journey through the verdant valleys and mist-shrouded mountains of Wales, you'll discover that dragons have left their mark on the very landscape itself.

Countless towns and landmarks bear names that pay homage to these mythical creatures, serving as silent guardians of Welsh heritage and folklore. From Dragon's Bay to Dragon's Peak, each place name tells a story, weaving a rich tapestry of myth and legend.

Symbols of Solidarity and Strength

Throughout the annals of Welsh history, the dragon has served as more than just a mythical beast – it has been a symbol of solidarity and resistance in times of strife and upheaval.

From ancient battles to modern-day protests, the Welsh dragon has stood as a proud emblem of Welsh identity, rallying the people together in the face of adversity and uniting them in a common cause.

More than a mythical beast

With each twist and turn of the tale, the mysteries of Welsh dragons beckon, inviting you to delve deeper into the storied past of this enchanting land.  As Dilwyn and Edris will eagerly tell you, the Welsh dragon is more than just a mythical beast – it is a symbol of strength, unity, and enduring pride that continues to inspire generations of Welsh people and captivate the hearts of visitors from around the world.