Southern Wales Tourism

Tour 2

Raglan CastleStop 1
Raglan Castle (Sat Nav - NP15 2BT)

Raglan Castle was built in the 15th century and was the boyhood home of King Henry VII.  The castle was re-fashioned in the late 16th century and became less of a fort and more of a stately home for the local nobility.  Much of the hexagonal-shaped Great Tower and lavish suites of state apartments still survive today.

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Tintern Abbey (Sat Nav - NP16 6SE)

Standing on the banks of the River Wye in the pretty village of Tintern, it's hard to imagine a more tranquil setting for one our biggest historical attractions.  Tintern Abbey was built in the 12th century by an order of Cistercian monks who lived in the Abbey for 400 years.  Latterly the Abbey attracted the attention of celebrated poets and artists such as Wordsworth and Turner.  These days the remains are remarkably intact and are popular with visitors to this corner of Wales.

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Chepstow Castle (Sat Nav - NP16 5EY)

Chepstow Castle sits proudly on its rock, overlooking the meandering River Wye and guarding the Wales/England border.  Built in 1067, it was one of the first Norman castles to be built in Wales.  Visitors to the castle today can view the fort's original doors, housed  in the on-site exhibition.  At 800 years old they are thought to be the oldest castle doors anywhere in Europe.

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Caerphilly Castle (Sat Nav - CF83 1JD)
Standing proudly in the quiet market town of Caerphilly is one of Europe's biggest castles.  Built in the 13th century, the castle was defended by a deep moat designed to ward off attackers.  Thankfully, they're a lot more welcoming today and have built a bridge to stop you getting your feet wet on your way in.  The remains of the castle are impressive whilst the Great Hall still holds many formal functions today.  The castle's claim to fame is that its South East tower leans at a greater angle than it's more famous counterpart in Pisa.

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Compact and easily accessible South East Wales is only 2 hours from London. Situated on the western side of Britain, the region has excellent transport links include an International airport, rail and ferry links.

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