White Castle (Y Castell Gwyn)

White Castle

Powerful round towers guard the heart of the castle

White Castle, also known historically as Llantilio Castle, is the best preserved of the Three Castles, namely, White, Skenfrith and Grosmont. The heart of this castle is surrounded by powerful round towers. The Three Castles are usually grouped together because for a large part of their history they were part of a block of territory under the control of a single lord, Hubert de Burgh.

Hubert had gleaned a great deal about military architecture from his time fighting in France. He rebuilt Skenfrith and Grosmont in stone, adding domestic apartments to both castles, so that they could be used as lordly residences. However, this doesn’t seem to have been the case with White. Rather than a nobleman’s residence, it seems to have been built for military work. A workhorse of a castle, you might say. The internal buildings did, however, include a chapel, hall and kitchen, but were more befitting a garrison commander than a great lord.

After Hubert de Burgh, the Three Castles were held in royal hands, and in 1254 Henry III granted them to his eldest son, the future Edward I. The rest is, as they say, history!

Image shows the White Castle by Cadw [OGL], via Wikimedia Commons.

Address

Abergavenny. NP7 8UD

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Opening hours

  • Monday
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

These are the peak summer opening times.
Other times may vary. For full details please visit the CADW website.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Closed 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January.

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