Construction started in May 1277 and continued until August 1282, when the castle was left unfinished for lack of money.
The castle was besieged in 1294 during the revolt of Madog ap Llywelyn, and attacked by Owain Glyndŵr's forces during his revolt in the early 15th century, when it was in the charge of John Oldcastle. It was repaired in 1409, the bill being £400.
It was destroyed by fire in the 17th century. Nowadays, only the mound and ditches remain.