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image for Castle item typeTretower Court and Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £4.40-£7.30

VW VAQAS, CROESO CYNNES CYMREIG , CADW

Tretower Court

Tretower Court

Address

Tretower,
Crickhowell,
Powys,
NP8 1RD

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Two-in-one architectural wonder spans 900 years of history

The clue’s in the name. So striking was the massive circular tower built by Roger Picard II that his castle became known as Tretower – or ‘the place of the tower’.

Over two centuries, from about 1100, the Picards transformed themselves from invading Norman adventurers to powerful Welsh lords.

So this monumental tower with four storeys and stone walls nine feet thick wasn’t merely for protection. It was social climbing made visible, an open imitation of the castles at Pembroke and Skenfrith.

It would be remarkable enough on its own. But Tretower is two wonders in one. Just across the castle green lies an entire medieval court that became a byword for magnificence.

It was the creation of Sir Roger Vaughan and his descendants. During the Wars of the Roses Sir Roger became one of the most powerful men in Wales – and Tretower reflected his fame.

It became a magnet for medieval Welsh poets who drank its fine wines and sang the praises of its generous host. Now, thanks to meticulous restoration, you can vividly imagine being one of Tretower’s most honoured guests.

You’ll find the great hall laid out just as it might have been for a lavish feast in the 1460s. In the recreated 15th century garden you can stroll among fragrant white roses that symbolise Sir Roger’s passionate Yorkist sympathies.

Opening details

1 April - 3 November 2019 Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm.
4 November 2018 - 31 March 2020 Thursday to Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm. Closed Sunday to Wednesday. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid from April 2019.
Adult - £7.30
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £21.20
Seniors £5.80
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £4.40
Children under 5 - Free

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 14 - Sun 15 Dec Christmas Fayre

Location

Directions

See location of Tretower Court and Castle (Cadw) on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SO 185212  Lat: 51.88386 Long: -3.18449

A40 from Crickhowell towards Brecon, right onto the A479 (signed for Tretower) and left where signed it the village.
Bus 400m/430 yards, route no.X43, Brecon-Abergavenny
Bike NCN Route No.8 (8km/5mls)

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 11 miles from Abergavenny station

Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • 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
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired