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A Welsh village with a dramatic past

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Raglan Castle

The pretty village of Raglan lies in south east Wales in the county of Monmouthshire. It is situated between Monmouth and Abergavenny on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is home to the spectacular ruins of Raglan Castle built for William ap Thomas and is one of the largest castles in Wales. The castle is the focal point of the village which is situated at the point where two ancient Roman roads cross.

Originally a market town, with the first market being recorded in 1354, a reminder of which stands in the middle of the crossroads between the Beaufort Arms Inn and the church. Called the Market Cross, it now only has a base with a lamp post on but originally the markets were held around this huge stone on which locals did their bartering.

Raglan at sunset

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Raglan was known as an important thoroughfare, especially for mail coaches which would stop at one of the three coaching inns – the Beaufort Arms, the Ship and the Crown. The village is now a thriving community with shops and places to eat.

The castle which still stands today was besieged for months by Parliamentarians during the English Civil War, bringing disaster to both the castle and the village. The castle fell into decay and was only used as a resource for stones by people who needed to repair their houses – luckily, it is now maintained by Cadw, the historic environmental department of the Welsh government though the actual hereditary keeper of the castle is the Duke of Beaufort.

Other historical places of interest to visit in the village are St Cadoc’s Church which is a medieval building, restored in the 19th century by Thomas Henry Wyatt – you can see there the base of a pilgrim’s cross in the churchyard. A medieval stone cross can also be seen on Broom Lane – it is a Grade I listed structure and a scheduled ancient monument so well worth a visit if you are a lover of history.

For those of you who like the great outdoors, visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean which is on your doorstep with various other attractions including steam train rides, trips to caves and even a river cruise along the River Wye! The area is famous for a wide selection of food and drink, including artisan cheeses and beers, cider, wine and smoked salmon.

“Raglan was an important thoroughfare for mail coaches in the 18th and 19th centuries..”

There are regular Farmers’ Markets where you can sample and buy local produce and various festivals throughout the year including a music festival in the summer. This event, known as the Raglan Festival has a mixture of music such as jazz, blues, soul and rock and is a worthy fundraiser, full of community spirit.

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While you’re there

Tintern Abbey

Visit the famous abbey which is only 15 miles away.

The Wye Valley

Take a drive through pretty villages and stop for lovely scenic walks.

Raglan Castle

One of the most spectacular castles in Wales and full of history and intrigue.


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