A Bit of Wales Too

We’d never been to Wales, so we decided to take the short trip from Bristol over the River Severn into the land of the Welsh. Because we’re Doctor Who nerd fans (the reboot, not the original) we considered going to Cardiff. But in the interest of time, and on the advice of a good friend, we instead went to Chepstow, the easternmost town in Wales and the home of a fine medieval castle ruins.

The entrance to Chepstow Castle.

To reach the town of Chepstow, you have to cross a second river, the Wye. The castle was built on the cliffs above the Wye as a natural defense.

A view of the River Wye from within the castle ruins.

Chepstow Castle is very old. It is considered the “oldest stone fortification” in Europe not built by the Romans. The original structure was erected in the 11th century.

This is the castle’s original main door. It’s believed to be the oldest surviving castle door in Europe.

In later centuries, the castle was expanded several times. It takes a good hour or more to wander around all the spaces.

The town of Chepstow is fairly small, with a population around 15,000. After touring the castle, we had a nice pub lunch in Chepstow, checked out the shops, and then drove back across the Severn bridge to continue our Bit of England journey.

Long live Britannia!
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  1. Melissa Warrington

    Love all of your pictures, so please keep sharing. Enjoy and have a wonderful time!

    1. Craig David Singer (Post author)

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Janet

    The Welsh have a way with language, especially theirs. One town we visited is simply called Llanfair. The actual name is so long all the signs are circles because rectangles would be too huge to hang on a street sign. It ends with “gogogoff.”

    David had Welsh cousins who immigrated there when Eastern Europe was set on destroying the Jewish population during the 1890’s, for a change. Apparently, the Welsh were happy to take them and charge them all a tax, yearly, just for not being Church of England or Anglican Christians.

    1. Craig David Singer (Post author)

      I was hoping to talk about the Welsh language in the blog, but I couldn’t find a single Welsh signpost with few enough letters to fit in a photograph! 😃

  3. Paula

    Stunning! I love the history and the pictures, especially the keyhole view. And the doors…. Ok, I just wish I was with you guys!!!

    1. Craig David Singer (Post author)

      We need to get that ol’ traveling gang together again!

  4. JoAnn Antoszewski

    These are amazing pictures. I loved the view of the river from the window!

    1. Craig David Singer (Post author)

      If you like a picture, George probaby took it. 😃


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