Based in the heart of Neath, the Castle was established by Robert, Earl of Gloucester (founder of Margam Abbey), some time between 1114 and 1130. The stone buildings you can see are later, and the gatehouse to the north was built in the 1320s. The castle was virtually demolished in 1321, after the war between Edward II’s lover Thomas le Despenser and the rebellious English lords, and subsequently rebuilt.
Edward II himself took refuge here before his capture and gruesome death in 1327.
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The rear of the Neath Castle wall is currently under repair. This was due to take place during the Autumn months but has been delayed due to the weather and lime mortar needing to be used within a certain temperature range. Work on this will recommence during the spring months.