Raised by William FitzOsbern, one of William the Conqueror’s most important allies, it passed into Crown control in 1075. Later owners included the de Clare and Marshal families, all of whom left their mark. It saw action during the Wars of the Roses and the Civil Wars.Why was Chepstow Castle important in medieval times?
There’s no better place in Britain to see how castles gradually evolved to cope with ever more destructive weaponry – and the grandiose ambitions of their owners. For more than six centuries Chepstow was home to some of the wealthiest and most powerful men of the medieval and Tudor ages.Is it possible to get into Chepstow Castle without a ticket?
Unfortunately, visitors without pre-booked tickets will not be allowed entry. Beautifully preserved Chepstow Castle stretches out along a limestone cliff above the River Wye like a history lesson in stone.When was the Great Tower of Chepstow built?
The Great Tower – the keep of Chepstow castle, was completed until 1090 and as one of the few from the very beginning, it was built of stone, not wood. Although most of the stones were excavated from local quarries, some of the blocks were reused from the Roman ruins at Caerwent.