Raglan Castle, Monmouthshire, Wales (with Map & Photos)

Medieval Raglan Castle in south east Wales dates from 1430, commissioned by Sir William ap Thomas, the Blue Knight of Gwent. Made of sandstone, it was not built for defensive purposes but to display wealth and powerful influence. Its polygonal structures make it unique among others in Wales and it also has a moat surrounding the Yellow Tower of Gwent. From the tower, you can enjoy a virtually endless view of the picturesque surrounding countryside.

Raglan Castle as we see it now dates from between the 15th and early 17th centuries, when the ruling Herberts and Somersets dynasties built a sumptuous, fortified castle, complete with a large hexagonal watchtower known as the Great Tower. or the Yellow Tower of Gwent. Surrounded by parklands, water gardens and terraces, the castle, according to contemporaries of that time, was absolutely equivalent to any other castle in England or Wales.

Raglan Castle
Raglan Castle

During the English Revolution (the English Civil War) the castle was ruled on behalf of Charles the First, and in 1646 Raglan was captured by the troops of Parliament. Subsequently, by order of the military leader Sir Thomas Fairfax (Sir Thomas Fairfax), the castle was to be destroyed so as not to leave it in the power of the royal army. However, after the return of Charles II to the throne, the Somerset dynasty refused to rebuild the castle. In 1938, Raglan became government property. It has been restored and opened to the public.

Raglan Castle Map