It was built on a hill in the 11th century to protect the crossings of the Rivers Monnow and Wye. The oldest part remaining is the 12th century hall keep, though this was superceded by a new hall in 1370. Following the slighting in the Civil War the castle was abandoned and a new residence, Great Castle House, was built next to the ruins. The house is still used by the Royal Engineers and contains a military museum.

The town's defences include the Monnow River gate tower (below).

Open May to September.


Photos Charles Taylor

 

Directions
In the town centre at the top of the high street

 


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