Powerful round towers guard the heart of the castle
White Castle is the best preserved of the Three Castles, namely, White, Skenfrith and Grosmont. The heart of this castle is surrounded by powerful round towers.
The Three Castles are usually grouped together because for a large part of their history they were part of a block of territory under the control of a single lord, Hubert de Burgh.
Hubert had gleaned a great deal about military architecture from his time fighting in France. He rebuilt Skenfrith and Grosmont in stone, adding domestic apartments to both castles, so that they could be used as lordly residences. However, this doesn’t seem to have been the case with White. Rather than a nobleman’s residence, it seems to have been built for military work. A workhorse of a castle, you might say. The internal buildings did, however, include a chapel, hall and kitchen, but were more befitting a garrison commander than a great lord.
After Hubert de Burgh, the Three Castles were held in royal hands, and in 1254 Henry III granted them to his eldest son, the future Edward I. The rest is, as they say, history!
Please note — White Castle will be closed from Monday 20 March 2017 for 9 days.
The closure is needed so that the main timber entrance can be replaced with a new one. This work will improve visitor access and safety to the Inner Ward.
1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017
Daily 10.00am – 4.00pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
For yearly opening times please click 'View all visitor information'
Adult - Am ddim/Free
Family - Am ddim/Free
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - Am ddim/Free
Member - Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
Facilities and information
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- Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
- No smoking
- Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
Postcode NP7 8UD
Road By minor roads from B4233 near Llantilio Crossenny
Rail Abergavenny 13km/8mls Cardiff - Shrewsbury-Manchester route
Bus Please call Gwent Joint Passenger Unit for further details. Tel: 01495 355444
Bike NCN Three Castles Cycle Route
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50