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Ruperra Castle

Ruperra castle

I am always happy to recommend that everyone visiting Cardiff should take a tour around our wonderful castle, and if you like castles, there are plenty more within easy reach of the city including Castell Coch, Caerphilly, Chepstow, Raglan and White Castle. Ruperra castle, pictured above, near the village of Draethen is often overlooked, despite being just 10 miles north east of the city centre.

Today the castle is privately owned and it is not possible to enter the ruin and surrounding grounds but there are footpaths nearby in Coed Graig Ruperra woodland which give good views of the building.

Ruperra was built in 1626 by the great Morgan family of Tredegar Park. It was never a defensive structure and was always intended to be a fine courtier's house that looked back fondly to the days of chivalry. It was occupied until 1941 when it suffered a major fire and it has been a ruin ever since, and despite being listed by Cadw it is in desperate need of restoration.

The Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust campaigns to protect and promote the castle and the Ruperra Conservation Trust owns the woodland next to the castle, Coed Graig Ruperra.

Lots more info at www.ruperratrust.co.uk  and www.ruperra.org.uk