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.
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 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.
Built 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.
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.