Check out the October issue of BBC Countryfile magazine for my Welsh Border Seven Castle Challenge.
This month’s theme is castles, and sitting on the border with the country with more castles per square mile than any other country in the world, I had to have a go at getting as many castles as I could into one article. In fact, I could have got many more, but these are the ones that I suggested you could visit in one day (although the magazine has suggested you may wish to make a weekend of it).
Parliament was held here twice – in 1283 and 1285. Read more about the castle here.
More of a fortified manor house, than a castle, it’s still an amazing sight.
Once the administrative centre of the whole of Wales and the Welsh Marches, this vast building houses entire festivals today, throughout the year.
Reputedly the sight of a rare, octagonal-shaped keep, there’s not much left of this castle, but there are some fine views to be had across Herefordshire here.
Recently restored, this square keep sits beautifully beside a reflective pool.
At the centre of the Clun Valley, at an important intersection of the River Clun and the main roads through the valley, stands this enigmatic ruin.
Overlooking the Severn Valley as it flows towards England, this castle sits close to the English/Welsh border.