This castle is an astonishing statement of wealth and power. From the great tower to the great gatehouse, this whole castle was built for show. Mind you, it did hold off Oliver Cromwell’s forces for 13 weeks in one of the last sieges of the Civil War. It’s hard to believe that the castle was taken and partially destroyed because what remains is so impressive. That, and the fact it is different – owing to being built in the 1430s, much later than most of the other castles – makes it a real treat. The large bay oriel window is one of Raglan’s defining features – lighting up the high table at the end of the hall. No wonder it was the BBC’s film location of choice for Merlin.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Steps within monument, grass and cobbled areas
- Facilities: Portable induction loop
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily Mar-Jun & Sep-Oct, 9.30-5; Jul-Aug, 9.30-6; Nov-Feb, Mon-Sat 10-4, Sun 11-4 (last admission 30mins before closing). Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
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About The area
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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