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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  On a quick, work-related trip to York in December 2020, I took the opportunity to walk through the Museum Gardens.  With many restrictions in place due to Covid, I thought it safer to explore an outdoor setting while I waited for the train back to Newcastle.  And what a wonderful setting it is!  …

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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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    St David’s is rich in history.  And was certainly a very important destination during the Middle Ages.  In the 12thcentury, the Pope decreed that two trips to St David’s is equal to one trip to Rome – you can imagine how pilgrims flocked to this tiny city!  People still do today.   It…

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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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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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