White Castle

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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.

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Grosmont CastleGrosmont Castle (Cadw), AbergavennySubstantial remains of thirteenth-century castle of Hubert de Burgh, raised on an earlier motte. It was later remodelled by the house of Lancaster.

Skenfrith CastleSkenfrith Castle (Cadw), AbergavennyOne of the 'Three Castles' held in common ownership, with Grosmont and White Castle.

White Castle20 Llantilio Crossenny to White Castle, AbergavennyA 5 mile walk through farmland east of Abergavenny, using section of the Offa’s Dyke Path and Three Castles Walk.

Facilities

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Free Entry

Catering

  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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 RouteAccessible by Public Transport: Abergavenny station is 9 miles away.

White Castle (Cadw)

Type:Castle

White Castle, Llantilio Crosenny, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 8UD
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Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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

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