Abergavenny Castles & Antiquities
Abergavenny Castle is sitauted just south of the town centre overlooking the meadows of the River Usk. Although the original castle is now largely in ruins there is still a tall stretch of curtain wall to the right of what would have been the gatehouse, originally from the 12th century. It was at this time the cruel Marcher Lord, William de Braose, invited Welsh Chieftain Sitsyllt ap Dwfnwal to a feast but instead of a friendly meeting they were murdered after being tricked into leaving their weapons in the gatehouse. The building that now houses the towns museum was built in 1818 as a hunting lodge for the Marquess of Abergavenny.
Even to this day, Raglan Castle is an impressive sight. It is un-like any other castle in Wales with angular not round towers. For the visitor there is plenty to explore ranging from dark, damp dungeons to steep spiral staircases and some great views of the surrounding countryside. Well preserved `coats of arms` and beautifully restored windows are also abound.
Dating from around the early 12th century, Skenfrith Castle is one of few low-lying castles in the area with White Castle & Grosmont Castle occupying much more commanding positions. It doesn`t take too much imagination to see where some of the round towers once stood and the inner tower is still in remarkably good condition.
First recorded in the 13th century, White Castle still packs a visual punch with the external structure pretty much intact. Accessed by a footbridge over the moat, this castle got it`s name from the white rendering which is still visible on parts of the exterior walls.