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image for Historical Event item typeOpen Doors at Raglan Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historical Event, Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sep 2017, free entry

VW VAQAS, CADW

Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle

Address

Raglan,
Monmouthshire,
NP15 2BT

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Details

Everything’s great about this place, from its great tower, which evokes memories of earlier fortresses like Caernarfon, to the great gatehouse, which ‘wows’ the visitor just as its owner intended. If, as they say, an Englishman’s home is his castle, then William Herbert’s Raglan is the Welshman’s equivalent.

Built for show rather than with battle in mind, it still held off Oliver Cromwell’s forces for thirteen weeks in one of the last sieges of the Civil War. The castle was eventually taken and was systematically destroyed by parliament. Enough remains to still impress.

Raglan was begun in the 1430s, rather late in the day for castle building. Unfashionably late by some 150 years! Despite this, mod cons such as massive mullioned windows brought the design bang up-to-date, bathing rooms in luxurious light. The oriel window, a bay to end all bay windows, is one of Raglan’s defining features.

Although admission to this event is free, it is a ticketed event.

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sep 2017 11:00 to 16:00
Tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Prices

Free entry

Location

Directions

See location of Raglan Castle (Cadw) on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SO 415083  Lat: 51.77030 Long: -2.84918

A40 south-west from Monmouth & at the junction with the A449, take the A40 towards Abergavenny. Raglan Castle is signed at the next roundabout (go right around the roundabout and then first left).
Bus: 7 miles (11km) Monmouth, route No 60, Newport-Monmouth. 2-hourly daily.
Bike: Regional Route No.30 (0.6 mile/1km).

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 9 miles from Abergavenny station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups