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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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  • Impressive castle with a lovely tower in the centre. Information boards up. Limited parking outside and we had to drive past a couple of times before we got a spot but there were additional visitors p...  more »
  • Atmospheric castle ruin. Free entry, and worth a quick walk around The ruins are about 800 years old!  more »
  • The ruins of this Norman castle are well preserved and worth a visit. The site is along a small river and is quite serene. There is also an old church next to it and across the street there is a resta...  more »
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  • What a great little treasure. A splendid example of a Welsh marches castle tucked away in a little village. There is a local community shop and cafĂ© nearby and the church is worth a visit. A bit more tourist info in and around the castle would be great
  • Found this place out of the blue and what a find! It's a ruin of course but the scale of it is fantastic. It's worth seeking out and spending a little time looking around trying to imagine the lives and history it's seen.
  • Beautiful castle ruins, well maintained but entrance can be very muddy. There's not much info and only takes a few minutes to see all there is to see. There's a nice old church down the street that's also worth a visit.
  • Love river to swim in on a hot day and nice ruins to explore:)
  • A real hidden gem. It's a ruin so don't expect anything else but let your imagination run wild while exploring the grounds