Monmouth Castle was established by William FitzOsbern in the late 11th century. FitzOsbern fought alongside William at the Battle of Hastings, and was made Earl of Hereford for his efforts. The remains of the great tower date to the first half of the 12th century, and the castle was later remodelled by the Lancasters in the 13th. Henry V was born here in 1413. After changing hands three times during the English Civil War, Cromwell ordered the castle damaged to destroy its military value. Photo credit: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
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In their bid to control the borderlands of Monmouthshire – also known as the Marches – the Normans built a triangle of castles: Grosmont, Skenfrith and White. At first, they were simple wooden structures strengthened by earthworks, but when the lively Welsh refused to stop attacking them, it was decided more permanent fortresses were needed. All three are worth a visit and the views from the battlements at White Castle over the surrounding countryside to the Black Mountains are stunning, as is all the scenery in this area – consisting of a patchwork of low hills, hidden valleys, fields criss-crossed with hedgerows and small belts of woodland.
Monmouth itself makes a great base to explore the beautiful Wye Valley, as well as being known as the home of Rockfield Studios, where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975. The largest town in the county, Abergavenny is creating a name for itself as the foodie capital of the Usk Valley, and has held a weekly cattle market on the same site since 1863. Its location just six miles from the English border means it’s often described as the ‘gateway to Wales’.
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