Dinefwr Castle

  It was hot – very hot!  So, you can imagine my delight when we found a parking space under a large tree, in the National Trust parking area at Dinefwr Park.  And it was green all around us!  The park is absolutely stunning, and I stood in awe scanning 360 degrees around us.  …

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    Attacked, robbed and “despoiled”, Queen Margaret (1430 – 1482) was in fear of her life and that of her son, young Prince Edward.  Not only did she lose all her goods and money (around £6600), but it is also believed this injustice was perpetrated against her by one of her own servants!  She needed…

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  As Wiston Castle is only 7 Miles from Haverfordwest where we stayed over, we knew it would be ridiculous not to stop there to explore.  So off we went and arrived early in the morning.  Parking was easy, right across the road from the castle, in front of St Mary Magdalene Church.   It…

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  It was very hot as we drove into the little village of Grosmont.  Where IS the castle?  There are no signposts we could find.  But the village is small, so we decided to park on the main road (near the pub) and walk around, scouting for the castle.   Everything seemed to be closed…

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Crickhowell Castle

  What is the most spectacular way to lose your Castle? In the first place, having an affair with the King’s wife and secondly, becoming too powerful for your own good.   Which is exactly what Roger Mortimer did. And which is why he lost Crickhowell Castle (and his head!).   I wanted to find out…

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  Exiting the North Wales Expressway, onto Conwy Road, our SatNav indicated we were only a few minutes away from our destination – Conwy Castle.  Peering ahead, we were trying to spot the Castle – excitement building.  And then it was there!  Across the River Conwy stood the most magnificent castle I have ever seen. …

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After a long drive from Newcastle, we finally arrived at Ewloe Castle.  Upon arrival, we found that, what seems to be the entire population of Wales, have decided to visit Ewloe Castle!  The parking area was packed!  Anyway, we are here now – might as well continue our exploration.   From the parking area, the…

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We arrived at Flint Castle late in the afternoon.  The skies were overcast and there was a slight breeze in the air.  From the parking area, we approached the Castle from West and the first thing we saw was a round tower.  From here we could see a curtain wall stretching towards another tower in…

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After a long day of exploring historical sites, we thought we’d sneak in one more 😉.  And Abergavenny Castle is really close to where we were staying that night.  (History geeks will find a way to justify more exploring, any way they can! 🤣 )   Driving up Castle street in Abergavenny, we found a…

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In response to the Welsh revolt, King Stephen decided to bring together three castles to defend the Monmouthshire region. The “Three Castles Lordship” was thus established in 1135.  The Castles in question are the White Castle, Grosmont Castle and Skenfrith Castle.   I wanted to know more about the Three Castles and their history, so during…

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