Southern Wales Tourism

Castles

Per square mile, Wales has more castles than any other country - over 500 at the last count.  And in Southern Wales we have some of the best.  We have the biggest, the oldest, the youngest, the most picturesque and the most extravagant.

Caerphilly CastleCaerphilly Castle
Standing proudly in the centre of Caerphilly is the second biggest castle in the UK.  The imposing fort with its high walls and moat defences would have been a significant deterrent to attacking foes.  Thankfully with a lowered drawbridge and raised portcullis it's slightly easier to get in these days.

Caldicot Castle
Caldicot Castle dates from around 1086 when the Normans first erected a fort on the site.  Today the castle sits within 55 acres of beautiful parkland and makes for a great day out.

Chepstow Castle
Chepstow CastleBuilt just one year after the Norman Conquest in 1067, Chepstow Castle was the first stone fort to be built in Wales.  Perched on a cliff above the River Wye, the castle stands guard over the Wales/England border.  The castle's original doors (now safely encased in within the castle) are 800 years old and thought to be the oldest in Europe.

Raglan Castle
Built as a peaceful home rather than a fearsome fortress, Raglan still had to survive one fearsome onslaught from Oliver Cromwell's forces during the civil war.  The castle is a relative youngster compared to others, dating from the 1430s.

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