The area in which the castle now stands has been occupied since the Bronze Age.
The first phase of building in stone was during the thirteenth century when the round keep was built.
The DeBohun family held the castle for over two centuries and enlarged it with a curtain wall, towers and an impressive entranceway, influenced by the design of fortifications in the Holy Land.
It was confiscated by the crown on several occasions, often for rebellion, but was always returned to the family.
The Woodstock Tower was built by Thomas in the late fourteenth century and the Great Gatehouse is believed to date from the same period. Large windows were cut into the curtain wall at some time in the fourteenth century.
The towers were divided into apartments and rented out until the 1960's and they still contain features such as a bath that dates from before the Second World War.
The castle is reputed to be haunted by a number of ghosts and spirits including a grey lady (who is believed to be Alianore de Bohun), hooded monks, a beggar boy and a mischievous poltergeist. At the centre of the activity is the Gatehouse Banqueting Hall; shadowy figures, as well as moving furniture, has been witnessed in this area. Many people have experienced unusual cold spots, as well as hearing footsteps in vacant parts of the castle.
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Iron Age hill
Llanmelin, about one mile east of the village overlooking
the Castrogi Brook and with distant views of the Severn
estuary. The fort covers an area of 2.2 hectares (5.4
acres), with a small outpost enclosure to the north-east. It
is believed to have been first built around the 4th century
BC, and rebuilt and extended in the 1st century BC.
Earthworks adjoining the fort to the south-east have been
interpreted as funerary enclosures, suggesting to some that
the fort was used as an oppidum or
small town by the Silures.
Finds of later Romano-British pottery
have also been made at Llanmelin.
However, others have suggested that Llanmelin is not an especially impressive hillfort, and archaeological evidence so far is that it was primarily a defended enclosure for livestock with a few associated roundhouses.