Longtown Castle

History & HeritageEmail: customers@english-heritage.org.uk

Longtown Castle

Longtown Castle ia a powerful thick-walled round keep dating from the mid-12th century, characteristic of the Welsh borders, on a large earthen mound within a stone-walled bailey. Set in the beautiful Olchon valley, with magnificent views of the Black Mountains.

The first castle on this site dates from soon after the Norman invasion and was built to control newly conquered Welsh territory and defend the English borderlands from Welsh raiders. A motte or man-made mound was created within an existing earth rampart and topped with a timber tower. In the 12th century this wooden castle was rebuilt in stone, with a fine cylindrical keep – the castle’s most striking feature – on top of the motte.

Recent documentary research and excavations have revealed that Longtown has Roman origins, and that the stone castle, long thought to date from the early 13th century, was probably built in the 1150s.

Share With Friends

Hereford

Visit Hereford and the Wye Valley, enjoy fantastic sights and events, and make the most of the fabulous host of things to do in Hereford. Whether you are a first time visitor to the Wye Valley or a local born and bred, you will discover plenty of tourist attractions to award winning places to eat.

Visit Herefordshire and explore a county of rolling, green countryside interrupted by villages steeped in history and interest. There's plenty to see and do but there's no escaping the sense of peace and fresh air, visit What's On In Herefordshire to find out what’s happening, when and where, during your stay.

Rate and write a review

Your email address will not be published.

Hereford HR2 0LE Longtown, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR2 0LE, UK
Get directions
OPENING HOURS: Open any reasonable time during daylight hours.