Raglan Castle (Monmouthshire, Wales)
Updated: Jan 15, 2019
Raglan Castle in Monmouthshire is my favourite local castle (other than Wigmore Castle) and back in June 2017 I was lucky enough to visit on one of the warmest and sunniest days of the year.
Late medieval, the castle remains date from between the 15th and early 17th century and were begun by Sir William ap Thomas, when in 1432 he bought the manor of Raglan and began building. With a massive deerpark and likely influence from Caernarfon Castle in North Wales, it was held by the Herbert family (the English name Sir William ap Thomas' son took) until 1492 when it passed to the Somerset family through marriage.
It fell after a long seige towards the end of the Civil War. Evidence of this can be seen very clearly in the ruined tower, which was collapsed using battering rams.
In the present day the site is managed by CADW, and I highly recommend that any castle enthusiast visits it if given the opportunity!
Castle Site Plan