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Castle:White Castle (Cadw)

  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, free entry

CADW

White Castle

White Castle

From Monday 9 November, non-essential businesses in Wales are able to open their doors again for those within Wales. Please contact the business before visiting to check opening hours and whether advance booking is required. Look out for businesses with the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry kite mark for assurance that the business is following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid physical distancing.

Address

Llantilio Crosenny,
Abergavenny,
NP7 8UD

Contact

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Details

White Castle is the best preserved and most imposing of the trio of Monmouthshire fortresses known as the ‘Three Castles’ – which includes Grosmont and Skenfrith – built to control the border. Originally constructed from wood and earth, a series of renovations transformed it into the significant defensive structure we see today. Its medieval name might derive from the white rendering used on its masonry. The large outer ward is as big as a football pitch, while the pear-shaped inner ward sits behind a deep, steep-sided, water-filled moat.

Many of these features are thought to be the work of the Lord Edward (later King Edward I) who took possession of the Three Castles in 1254. The modifications at White Castle, his first Welsh castle, can be seen as a forerunner of the mighty fortresses he would go on to build in north Wales.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Daily 10.00am – 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Prices

Free entry

Reviews

Directions

See location of White Castle (Cadw) on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SO 379167  Lat: 51.84583 Long: -2.90202

From Monmouth, take the B4233 (signed for Rockfield) and continue to Llantilio Crossenny. After the village sign, first right and continue on this lane until a left fork is reached signed for the Castle. Limited parking.
Bike NCN Three Castles Cycle Route

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 9 miles from Abergavenny station

Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
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