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Chepstow Castle, Chepstow

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Chepstow Castle (Welsh: Castell Cas-gwent) at Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales is the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain. Located above cliffs on the River Wye, construction began in 1067 under the instruction of the Norman Lord William FitzOsbern. Originally known as Striguil, it was the southernmost of a chain of castles built in the Welsh Marches, and with its attached lordship took the name of the adjoining market town in about the 14th century.

In the 12th century the castle was used in the conquest of Gwent, the first independent Welsh kingdom to be conquered by the Normans. It was subsequently held by two of the most powerful Anglo-Norman magnates of medieval England, William Marshal and Richard de Clare. However, by the 16th century its military importance had waned and parts of its structure were converted into domestic ranges. Although re-garrisoned during and after the English Civil War, by the 1700s it had fallen into decay. With the later growth of tourism, the castle became a popular visitor destination.

The ruins were Grade I listed on 6 December 1950.

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  • Really specular Norman Castle, well worth the modest entry fee, staff were helpful and we spent a good hour wandering around and looking at the view of the river. Parking literally outside too.  more »
  • The castle is really interesting. Well preserved and great views. Well worth a visit. Much bigger than you would imagine.  more »
  • Beautiful castle on the edges of the river, impressive architecture and fantastic views. The parking was very good even on a busy Sunday. They had recreation actor group which was very interesting but limited to one area, it would have been nice to see them use the full area of the castle. It is something to explore but we did it in 2 hours, would like to see more in the way of recreation of rooms and what went on in the castle. Overall well worth a visit and explore but worry they are selling themselves short. Could be so much more.
  • Nice castle, good to photograph. Didn't go inside as have to pay and paid to visit another site with the family that day, and wasn't prepared to pay more money. Had some orchards around it and just walked round the outside of it. Near the estuary of the River Wye. So was nice to see one end of the Wye!

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