Raglan, Monmouthshire, Wales

Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle (Welsh: Castell Rhaglan) dates from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries, when the successive ruling families of the Herberts and the Somersets created a luxurious, fortified castle, complete with a large hexagonal keep, known as the Great Tower or the Yellow Tower of Gwent. During the English Civil War the castle was held on behalf of Charles I and was taken by Parliamentary forces in 1646. In the aftermath, the castle was slighted, or deliberately put beyond military use; after the restoration of Charles II, the Somersets declined to restore the castle. Raglan Castle became first a source of local building materials, then a romantic ruin, and is now a modern tourist attraction operated by Cadw.


A man in bardic robes haunts this illustrious castle (pictured above). During the 15th Century, this castle held the reputation of being one of Wales’ best bardic centres.

Raglan Castle,



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For further information, please read Ghosts of Gwent by Alan Roderick and Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.

A Disturbed Grave

Some decades ago, a workman was going some work in a field for a farmer, when he hit upon a hidden gravestone. Stopping work immediately was not enough, as later that day a shadowy figure began to be reported gliding along the field...


For further information, please read Ghosts of Gwent by Alan Roderick.


Visitor Information

Raglan (Welsh: Rhaglan) is a village in Monmouthshire, Wales.

It is located some 9 miles southwest of Monmouth, midway between Monmouth and Abergavenny on the A40 road very near to the junction with the A449 road.

Pictured above left is Raglan Castle from our visit in August 2015. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.