Neath Castle

Neath, United Kingdom

The first castle in Neath was located west of the river near the Roman fort of Nidum, and was a timber fortification in a motte and bailey structure. When Richard de Grenville founded Neath Abbey close by, he abandoned this original castle, and it may have been used by the monks as a source of building material.

A second castle on the opposite bank of the river, in what is now the centre of the town, is first documented in 1183; shortly afterwards, William de Cogan, son of Miles de Cogan, was appointed constable. This second castle was built by Gilbert de Clare, 5th Earl of Gloucester. During the 13th century, being a Norman stronghold, it was subject to attack by the Welsh, notably by Llywelyn the Great, who captured it in 1231 with help from a local Welsh lord, Morgan Gam. Following this, it was substantially rebuilt by Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Gloucester, Gilbert's son.

It was taken again, and this time destroyed, by Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford, in 1321, during the rebellion against King Edward II of England. Its owner, Hugh Despenser the Younger (who had gained the lordship through his marriage to the heiress Eleanor de Clare), rebuilt it, possibly with the addition of a gatehouse. In 1376, one Roger Kyngot was the constable, and the castle was rebuilt in stone in 1377; that is probably when the great gatehouse was built, which is the main surviving feature. The castle was in use until the 17th century, and has been a recreational area for the town since the 18th century.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Ruth Spain (3 months ago)
I stayed here on the 1st December and we had a lovely stay here. The room was nice and clean and welcoming and the breakfast was amazing. Good value for money.
Amy George (4 months ago)
Me and my partner stayed here last night, what a beautiful hotel lovely place was really impressed. Staff are really friendly and helpful and breakfast well that was gorgeous this morning. We will definitely be going back thank you
Howie Watkins (6 months ago)
I love the Castle hotel. Lovely team running it, luxurious feel, and the newly refurbished rooms are a delight. I’ve stayed in the standard rooms before, and they’re great, but stayed in one of the suites this time. Wow, just wow. Great night’s sleep in a huge and comfortable bed with a super ‘wake up’ shower in a shower big enough for a party! My favourite thing about the Castle is the way that they have married the charm of the old hotel (all wood panelling and history), with modern facilities and a fresh modern feel in the rooms. It delivers a ‘boutique’ feel, at a fraction of the cost you’d expect.
Ross P (6 months ago)
Travelled from London for an impromptu few nights in South Wales. It was a great base to allownusbto visit beaches such as Port Talbot, Cawell Bay & Three Cliffs. The hotel was everything that we'd hoped for. Clean tidy and full of character, and the beds were comfortable. Var parking was provided at no extra cost just along the road. The staff were friendly and attentive to our needs and made us feel very welcome. The breakfast offered all that we needed, unfortunately the restaurant was closed during our stay. Hopefully we will return next summer as a last-minute trip off the cuff allowed us to explore the most amazing beaches.
Gilbert Fanchini (6 months ago)
Stayed only for one night while traveling in South Wales. As good as it can be being a 3 star hotel. The bed was quite comfortable, the room and the bathroom were clean, breakfast was average and it could have a few more vegetarian options (but no other client seemed to mind ?‍♂️). Parking is relatively small and can fill up easily and when we arrived quite late at night we had to park on the road, not a problem if you leave in the morning like we did, but could be if you plan to stay longer the next day. Overall a good place for a few nights stay.
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