Rhaglan (Welsh); twinned with Parcé-sur-Sarthe (France)
The Monmouthshire village of Raglan belies a lively and dramatic past.
It was once a market town, held a regular court and three coaching inns. And it's dominated by one of the largest castles in Wales, and one of the latest.
Raglan Castle was built in the 15th century, home to the Herbert family. The fortress' influence was most notably exerted for the ill-fated cause of Charles I; finally in 1646, at the end of one of the longest sieges of the English Civil War, the castle was destroyed by the Roundheads. And since then, many of the stones have found their way into other buildings in the village.
Today's Raglan is a thriving community with village shops, highly regarded pubs, a 14th century church and an acclaimed music festival held every June. Raglan Festival brings jazz, soul, rock and blues to the village's pubs and open spaces, as well as raising funds for a variety of worthy causes. That's what we call a strong community working together to promote quality of life.
See the village website for more on visiting Raglan.