United World College of the Atlantic, Llantwit Major

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St Donat's Castle is a medieval castle in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, overlooking the Bristol Channel in the village of St Donat's near Llantwit Major, and about 25 km west of Cardiff. Since 1962 the castle has housed an international secondary school called Atlantic College.The castle lies on an elevation to the east of a small valley opening to the sea between precipitous sea cliffs to both east and west.An inner court about 40 m across within a polygonal inner curtain wall is closely surrounded by an outer court and curtain wall with a dry moat facing the eastern approach. The curtain walls date from c. 1300, having been built by the founder of the Stradling family . The outer wall mostly survives and has a small original tower entirely contained with it on the north, and a square gatehouse on the east. The inner court is entered by an arch on the east side beside the rectangular Mansell Tower . The northwestern range is of the early 16th century; the northeastern range is of the late 15th century; the late 15th-century great hall is on the south side of the court.Beside it, squeezed in between the inner and outer curtain walls, is the Bradenstoke Hall, consisting of the inner curtain wall on the north side, the somewhat realigned outer curtain wall on the south, with a modern wall on the east end built at the point so that an early-14th-century roof would fit. The western range has largely been replaced by a much larger, three-storey building . Its ground floor is a large modern dining hall with a very fine 15th-century roof, probably Flemish in origin but imported from Boston Stump Church . The Lady Anne Tower on the southwestern corner of the castle has been rebuilt many times.
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  • I visited this place for school reunion with my husband. I must say I enjoyed every minute of my visit, I loved the landscape, the weather around august was perfect for me not so cold and not hot eith...  more »
  • My daughter got married here and it really was a magical day. A wonderful setting against a background of sea and sky.The staff did everything they could to make the day special.  more »
  • booked tour as they do not open to public very often as it is a college in term times there were 48 of us so got spilt into 2 groups weather was very hot in 30s and a lovely clear day you could see ov...  more »

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