You don’t have to look far for a castle to visit in our neck of the woods. Check out Abergavenny’s castle and town museum for starters. Just 10 minutes’ drive away is the impressive Raglan Castle (once home to a young Henry VII) and the ‘three castles’ – White Castle, Grosmont and Skenfrith. The impressive Norman fortress of Chepstow Castle is worth a visit.
Our part of Wales was home to the Romans with a fortress, Roman baths and amphitheatre at Caerleon, further down the River Usk from Abergavenny. Of course the Romans’ footprints are all over – there’s even the remains of a Roman road near Sennybridge, not far from Brecon. If you’d like to explore medieval history head for the restored manor house Tretower Court and Castle near Crickhowell, just up the A40 from Abergavenny.
If you like a bit of prehistory there are standing stones and Iron Age forts to explore in this area. The Iron Age hill fort on top of Table Mountain, just outside Crickhowell, offers a bracing walk (with great views) to start you off. You can find out more about the area’s prehistory and standing stones via the Brecon Beacons National Park website. Abergavenny’s own standing stones were erected in 2009 as part of the History Society’s project to highlight the town’s importance in the Eisteddfod tradition.