Scottish Castles Association

Preserving the Past for the Future

SCA Castle Tour to South Wales and Border Marches - June 2018

Abergavenny Castle 2
Abergavenny Castle


Arrangements are in hand for a mid-week tour of castles in South Wales and the Border Marches from 19 - 21 June 2018, based in the historic town of Abergavenny, nestled between seven hills close to the border between England and Wales. Human evidence has been found in the area dating from around 4,000 BC, but the first major settlement was built by the Romans. Their fort of Gobannium was occupied from 57-400 A.D.

In 1087 the Normans built the first castle in the area, and the town of 'Burgavenny' grew up alongside it. The town grew, and sometime after 1241 a set of walls was built around the town, with four large protected gateways. The town continued to expand until the Black Death arrived in the late 1340s, recovering in the 16th and 17th centuries, when the trades of weaving and tanning became the major source of income.Although the town today hosts no major industry, the busy markets and annual festivals attract many tourists who support the local economy, and keep the town vibrant.

The area has a number of castles, some built to dominate the local population, others to protect against cross-border raids, and some as a demonstration of power and status. We hope to include a selection of all of these.

Participants will need to make their own way to our base at Abergavenny. For those who find the potential of a long drive daunting, we are exploring the possibility of travel by rail. Please indicate if you are interested in this option.

As bookings will need to be made, please confirm your interest no later than 16 March 2018.

Attendance form for the South Wales trip can be downloaded via this link . A link is also provided below.

Details of our tour:


Tuesday 19 June - Thursday 21 June 2018

Accommodation – and exclusive rates

We will be based at The Angel Hotel, 15 Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 5EN. Tel: 01873 857121. Visit the hotel's website HERE .

The hotel is about ½ a mile from the station. A number of rooms are being held on a bed & breakfast basis at a cost of £99 (single occupancy) and £129 (double occupancy) per night. These rates are held only until 16 March 2018, so please book early, and quote: SCA when booking. Dinner will be in a private dining room each night, with a 3-course set menu. This is additional to the accommodation cost.


This is an inclusive trip, and the cost will be £150 per member (£180 per guest). This includes bus, lunches and tours. To save time at Cadw/English Heritage properties, non-members of Historic Scotland/English Heritage/Cadw should add £25 per person. (Children under 16 go free, but lunches must be paid for).

Please note: As numbers are limited to 20 for this tour, members will have priority for booking places until 16 March 2018

Entry costs are included in the cost for the trip for all non-Cadw properties. Historic Scotland/English Heritage members enjoy reciprocal entry rights at Cadw properties, so please bring your EH/HS/Cadw membership cards with you. Please indicate on the attendance form if you are a member of English Heritage/Historic Scotland/Cadw. Please also indicate if you qualify for concession entry rates (over 60) as some visits need to be booked in advance of our arrival. Non-EH/HS members should add £25 per person to enable the tour organiser to pay centrally for all admissions.

Attendance form

Based on attendance on previous trips to North Wales and Yorkshire, we have based our calculations on 20 members attending. Please complete and return the attached form to the Secretary as soon as possible, and no later than the closing date of 16 March 2018, to enable us to confirm visit arrangements. More details of the program will be issued nearer the time, but if you have any specific queries, please contact Alastair Bain for information at this email address .

Note: Attendance forms to be returned by 16 March 2018

Abergavenny Castle image: Jeremy Bolwell - CC BY-SA 2.0 ( ), via Wikimedia Commons

Added: 03 May 2018 Updated: 10 May 2018[ Expiry date: 16 Jun 2018 ]
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