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Llangibby Castle

Llangybi Castle,formerly known as Tregrug, occupies a wooded plateau above the village. The single fortified enclosing wall encircles the entire plateau,being 540 feet long and 270 feet at its widest point. It is probably the largest castle enclosure in England and Wales and possibly the largest in Europe. There is also a massive Edwardian gatehouse. In summary, this place is massive.

History of Llangibby Castle

1263 ~ Gilbert de Clare, renowned 'Red Earl' inherits the vast lands and power of his late father Richard.

1268 ~ Gilbert commences the building of Caerphilly castle, one of the largest building programs ever attempted in the country.

1284 ~ Llangibby is granted by Gilbert to hos brother Bogo de Clare, chancellor of Llandaff Bishops Palace and treasurer of York. (more in the History section)

Castle today

The original motte and bailey castle was set behing castle farm just off the main road, albeit nothing now remains. From the main road with its impressive entrance up a long driveway into the estate, you will arrive at a number of buildings belonging to the estate management and owners. As this site is on private land you must seek permission first.

You can be absolutely delighted if you will be be allowed to explore the ruins but nothing could prepare us for what we found. How such a massive castle could remain hidden from the world is a wonder in itself. A walk round the ruins you soon get a feel of the scale of the place. The much ruined overgrown gatehouse must be comparable to the one at Caerphilly Castle. There are also some beautiful carved features in some of the towers and domestic buildings. If you are fortunate to be allowed access to this very special castle, do take care and give due consideration to the permission granted by the kind owners. A sensational 'castle-finder' discovery if you are very lucky.

Text by Fred Vincent