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Old Beaupre Castle is a ruined medieval fortified manor house located in the community of Llanfair, outside Cowbridge in Wales presently under the care of Cadw. It is known in historic documents under the names Beawpire, Bewerpere, Bewpyr and Y Bewpur.Although called Old Beupre Castle the structure is seen as a fortified manor house. The original house was an L-shaped building, now located within the inner courtyard, built circa 1300 and from this period until the 18th century it was owned by the Basset family. During the 16th century intensive remodeling was undertaken, started by Sir Rice Mansel, continued by William Basset and completed by William's son, Richard. This additional work added the impressive outer gatehouse, completed in 1586 and a storyed Renaissance porch, completed 1600, along with the buildings around the middle court.Beaupre Castle has few outwardly looking windows and appears like a series of fortified barns. The main entrance is via the gatehouse reached via a low walled outer courtyard. The gatehouse is a three storey structure surrounded by a curtain wall. The inner porch stands out from the rest of the courtyard with smooth ashlar stonework in comparison to the rough local stonework surrounding it. The porch, designed by Richard Twrch, consists of varying architectural styles including a Tudor arch, strapwork decoration and three tiers of flanked columns. The columns rise in ascending order from Doric to Ionic to Corinthian and the second tier bears the Basset family heraldic set on panels.Use our Cowbridge trip builder to arrange your visit to Beaupre Castle and other attractions in Cowbridge.
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As I had read the reviews below I actually found it easy to find! (Thanks Trippie!) A nice walk across fields to find, as said below about an hour in total. Don't go in the rain (it's totally exposed ... more »
called here after reading reviews was hard find and was made worse by fact that layby where you can park had JCB in it so went passed few times looking for somewhere else park couldn't find anywhere s... more »
Great Atmosphere wandering around these ruins. The Entrance Porch is wonderful. It screams a statement of power and wealth. If you had money in days gone by you could flaunt it, and this porch does th... more »
Best time to visit over the summer months. Winter time, the castle might be locked up. Parking is possible, when coming via the unofficial farm road, close up to the castle. Please check Google maps for best access, before touring over. The castle is on private property. Open usually fro 10-11 till about 4 pm. (But, as said, Winter times might be different.)
Steeped in history this place offers a free chance to explore a medieval home of the rich folk! Parking is in a lay-by followed by a short walk across some fields. When you park you will see the castle so don't panic! you can't access the building via the farm.
Stunning little castle with information readily available. Lovely views over the fields and river. Great for a quick trip out. A little walk from parking.
I lived there between 1994-2006. Beautiful Norman castle with green surrounding area. Excellent for star-gazing on the battlements. Cold in winter. A few steps so wheelchair access is tricky. Excellent hide and seek venue or Halloween ghost walk. Sadly no toilet facilities or food unless you live there. Brilliant backdrop for photoshoots. Cannot recommend it enough.
This is a must see for anyone in the Cowbridge area. It's free to enter and offers an amazing glimpse of history.
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