Romantic Ruins Of Wales

The abandoned castles and abbeys in Wales have a graceful decay and plenty of history surrounding it that had inspired the likes of Dylan Thomas, William Wordsworth and JMW Turner in the past centuries. The romantic ruins of Wales still stand tall inviting creative souls to dwell amongst those and pave the way for more creations in the present and the future.

Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen
Valle Crucis Abbey, LlangollenFounded in 1101, this abbey has modesty written all over it. The pastoral setting, the lush beauty and the Gothic arches contribute to the silent grandeur amongst its walls. With JMW Turner giving it life and eternity through his paintings, this is a place that you need to visit to see the truth for yourself instead from the canvas.

Tintern Abbey, Wye Valley
Tintern Abbey, Wye ValleyCaptured in writing and on canvas by hundreds of artists, the Tintern Abbey is one of the most beautiful medieval period ruins of Wales. The setting itself is jaw dropping with the steep sided Wye Valley and the soaring Gothic arches. Being in close proximity to footpaths, river and road, this beauty can be admired from different angles.

Raglan Castle, Wye Valley
Built as a grand home for the first Earl of Pembroke in the 1430s, the Raglan Castle is noted for its highlighted domestic features. The Carved timber posts and the huge windows stand testimony to it. From the exterior, it resembles a medieval fortress.

Oystermouth Castle, Swansea
Oystermouth Castle, SwanseaFloating above the sea town of Mumbles, the Oystermouth Castle stands tall looking at the vast sea that is spread before it. The castle stands testimony to what once were staterooms and an impressive banquet hall. The grassy parkland in the castle acts as a picnic area for the locals to spend time during the spring and summer months.

Ogmore Castle, Glamorgan
Starting from the village of Ogmore, a trail of well worn out stepping stones lead you, across the shallow River Ewenny, and into the remains of this castle that was built during the 12th century. It is said that the Norman soldiers were stationed here during the period who might have either been pushed or slipped into the river.

Neath Abbey, Vale of Neath
This riverside abbey was founded in 1130 by the Cistercian monks and had gone on to become one of the largest monasteries in Wales. Though under the reign of Henry VIII, the dissolution of the monasteries was ordered, parts of it were in use for a long time. With that period spelling doom for all grand ecclesiastical buildings in Wales, only the roofless walls of the once grand abbey remains today.

Llanthony Priory, Black Mountains
This 12th century Augustinian Priory is all but time worn stones of what once was a grand monument standing on top of the Black Mountains on the English border. The backdrop of the rounded hills that are dusted with grass, bracken and woodlands make the perfect setting for the Llanthony Priory. It is perfect for horse riding and walking.

Laugharne Castle, Carmarthenshire
The great poet Dylan Thomas, described the moody stones of this castle as ‘brown as owls’. Standing adjacent to the estuary of River Taf, the ruins of this medieval castle, is as much as it was portrayed by Thomas. Thomas’s home has been converted into a boathouse and is located within a stroll’s distance from here.

Carreg Cennen Castle, Carmarthenshire
The Carreg Cennen Castle is a hilltop ruin that is surrounded by the farmlands of Carmarthenshire. There is something poetic about this place which had inspired Turner to give it life through his sketchbooks. Being a medieval defence site, it sits in all its grandeur on top of a steep cliff offering a 360 degree view.

Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire
The powerful presence of this imposing castle beside the waters offers a breathtaking view. This was found around 1100 and had been built from limestone that was found in abundance locally. This castle was abandoned in the 1680s and at present houses one of the rare species of greater horseshoe bats. The Carew village has the only restored tidal mill in all of Wales.

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