Welsh castles - Cestyll Cymreig

‘Ac yno yn y dyffryn tawel mi glynwaf gân yn swn yr awel’ And there in the quiet valley I hear a song in the sound of the breeze - Ysbryd y Nos by Edward H Dafis

Throughout the years Wales has undergone a vast change. From the people to the hills around us. There are, however, things that have remained the same. Castles. Across the vast valleys and the beautiful beaches, the ever constant of the Welsh castles have aged like a fine wine. Defying the ever-increasing turmoil of time.

Let us take a walk through the years. 

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Chepstow Castle

Chepstow Castle at Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales is the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain. Located above cliffs on the River Wye, construction began in 1067 under the instruction of Earl William Fitz Osbern, close friend of William the Conqueror, making it one of the first Norman strongholds in Wales.

Raglan Castle

The unmistakable silhouette of Raglan crowning a ridge amid glorious countryside is the grandest castle ever built by Welshmen. It was designed to impress as much as to intimidate.

Under various earls of Worcester Raglan was transformed into a magnificent country seat with a fashionable long gallery and one of the finest Renaissance gardens in Britain. But loyalty to the crown was to prove its undoing.

Despite a garrison of 800 men and one of the longest sieges of the Civil War, it fell to parliamentary forces and was deliberately destroyed. Among the looted treasures was a piece of Tudor wooden panelling, now proudly displayed in the visitor centre after being rescued from a cow shed in the 1950s.