Dunraven Castle

Bridgend, United Kingdom

Dunraven Castle was a mansion on the South Wales coast near Southerndown. The existing manor house was rebuilt as a castellated hunting lodge in the early 19th century and was extensively remodelled later in the century.

The site of the castle was the location for several earlier fortifications, the first of which is said to have been built by Arnold le Boteler (Butler) in the mid-12th century. By the 16th century, a manor house owned by the Vaughan family stood on the site, its existence recorded by John Leland.

In 1642 the house was sold to the Wyndham family. Thomas Wyndham of Dunraven was MP for Glamorgan from 1789 to his death in 1814. He rebuilt the manor house as a castellated hunting lodge in 1802–1806. The building was designed by his wife, although it was probably based on Clearwell Castle.

The estate then passed to their daughter Caroline, who in 1810 had married the Irishman Windham Henry Quin (1782–1850), later 2nd Earl of Dunraven; in 1815 he assumed the additional name of Wyndham in right of his wife, becoming Windham Wyndham-Quin.

Caroline began remodelling the building in 1858; the central tower was replaced by a conservatory and the north and south wings were enlarged by Egbert Moxham. It was inherited by Edwin Wyndham-Quin, 3rd Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, MP for Glamorganshire 1837–1851, and descendants. It was lived in until after the Second World War, having been used as a military hospital. The house was demolished in 1963.

The castle's walled garden, gatehouse and several other structures survive and are part of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.



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Founded: 19th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Stuart (2 years ago)
A secret garden! Great little wander for children's and adults alike. Interesting history as described on the information boards around and a walk up to the cliffs above reveals the site if an iron age hillfort also. Always worth a visit!
Valerie (2 years ago)
Gorgeous place for a walk and picnic. Walled gardens are a treat whether for old or young with plenty of room to run around or just sit and share a picnic. Continuing east along the path is the coastal walk which again is a fine treat. Parking £1 for an hour but is a fiver if you intend staying over 1 hour. But there's no admission so parking is the only charge. There is a cafe window there at the parking lot at the foot of the hill but have never tried it. Dunraven Castle is a brilliant place to visit.
Catherine Tarpey (3 years ago)
Love reading the history of the place took my teenage daughter so gave us something else to chat about when school talk out of bounds!! Love different views of sea, coast and surrounding woods. Shame that there is a weekend charge for car park unless it is being reinvested in the visitor centre and upkeep of area then I dont object.
Ray “Taffy” Davies (3 years ago)
Really stunning place to visit. It is so peaceful and beautiful I could spend all day there. I bet that it will be amazing in the summer
Holly Khan (3 years ago)
Wonderful beach and nature walk. Stunning views and cute little castle/garden area to walk around. The only thing that would make this place better is a small shop for drinks and snacks
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