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Skenfrith Castle, Skenfrith

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Skenfrith Castle is a medieval castle located in Monmouthshire, Wales. The castle is in the centre of the village of Skenfrith, located on the banks of the River Monnow, five and a half miles north-west of the town of Monmouth. The first defences were built shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066, although the remains of the castle that stand today date from the early thirteenth century. The castle is a Grade II* listed building as at 19 November 1953.Grouped with White Castle and Grosmont Castle, Skenfrith is one of the "Three Castles" or Trilateral Castles built in the Monnow Valley as part of the Norman conquest of South Wales.History of "The Three Castles"The Monnow Valley was an important route between Hereford and Monmouth in medieval times, due to its position as an area of relatively open land, which provided a break between the river cliffs of the Wye Valley to the east, and the hills around Abergavenny to the west. The Three Castles are usually grouped together by historians because for almost their entire history they were part of a block of territory under the control of a single lord.All three sites have evidence for early Norman earthworks, possibly built by William fitz Osbern, who was made Earl of Hereford by William the Conqueror a few months after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. From his castles at Monmouth and Chepstow, William was the first Norman lord to conquer central and eastern Monmouthshire, including the future sites for the Three Castles. The defences raised at this time would probably have been of earth and timber.
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  • We stayed for one night at the bell hotel which is just across the road. This area is worth a visit if you are passing and you can take some nice photographs. Nice little bit of local history and fun ...  more »
  • Passing through on way to Abergavenny, and accidentally discovered this interesting Castle. It's located close to a fairly fast flowing river, with various watersports, including canoeing and swimming...  more »
  • Of beautiful walks to Skenfrith and its surroundings. Ruins of a castle, markets in the fields in the middle of the sheep and romantic walks along the river!
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  • A lovely place with well kept grounds etc. River is the only let down. Relatively dirty (natural stuff like sheep's poo, not rubbish) and VERY dangerous in places. Safe enough for young kids but MUST SUPERVISE, as it gets deep quickly and has a strong current.
  • A stunning medieval castle in the centre of the village of Skenfrith, located on the banks of the River Monnow, with easy access to good wild swimming water if that's your thing. The first defences were built shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066, although the remains of the castle that stand today date from the early thirteenth century. Free to enter and well signed for history buffs. recommended stop off if you're visiting White Castle and the Welsh Marches.
  • Visited in 2016. So rare to find somewhere with no admission fee whilst still being so well kept. Enjoy!
  • a lovely relic
  • Cool place very quiet and relaxing