White Castle

Accredited Attraction — Wales
  • White Castle

    White Castle

  • White Castle

    White Castle

  • White Castle

    White Castle

  • White Castle

    White Castle

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!

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Opening times

1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020


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'

Admission costs

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

Cycle stands Car park Dogs welcome No smoking Picnic tables
  • 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.
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Postcode NP7 8UD

Car Road By minor roads from B4233 near Llantilio Crossenny

Rail Rail Abergavenny 13km/8mls Cardiff - Shrewsbury-Manchester route

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For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50