Coity Castle in Glamorgan, Wales, is a Norman castle built by Sir Payn 'the Demon' de Turberville, one of the legendary Twelve Knights of Glamorgan supposed to have conquered Glamorgan under the leadership of Robert FitzHamon (d. 1107), Lord of Gloucester.

The castle began as a late 11th-century ringwork. A rectangular stone keep and the main curtain wall were added by the Normans in the 12th century, under the de Turberville family. The three-storey keep was primarily a defensive structure.

Extensive reworking took place in the 14th century, when a domestic range was attached to the keep by the middle gatehouse. New stone vaults replaced the earlier timber floors. The central octagonal pier for the vaults is still prominent among the castle ruins. An adjoining chapel wing with a tall east window was added to the first floor at the eastern end of the domestic range in the 15th century.

The Gamage family held Coity until the death of John Gamage in 1584. The castle was abandoned around the 17th century. The castle was sold in the 18th century to the Edwins of Llanharry. Through the Edwins, the Coity lordship passed to the Earls of Dunraven.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Ingrid Peebles (6 months ago)
Great castle, shame about the litter scattered about when there is a bin just outside. Parking available just outside.
Ben Regler (7 months ago)
Worth a visit especially with the children. There is parking outside next to a small play park. At first it looked like the front entrance was locked. There is a pub very close to the castle but wasn't open on our visit.
Marianne Skinner (9 months ago)
Amazing how much is left standing, interesting ruin, could do with a bit more signage to explain the layout. Locals treat it as a play area, it seemed a bit unloved.
Louis Ebarb (9 months ago)
Nicely kept castle ruins. Street parking in the vicinity with very few people on the day we visited
Sally (10 months ago)
Lovely old ruin. Only one thing; could people NOT leave litter around. One of a group of kids playing there just dropped a plastic bottle on the ground and left it there... are Coety kids now too posh to pick up after themselves? (Plus thick tourists walking on the walls.)
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