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Castle:Raglan Castle (Cadw)

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Castle, £6.10

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Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle

All of our businesses can now reopen, with no limits on numbers.

Please note that facemasks are still required in indoor public places in Wales, with the exception of hospitality businesses.

Please check the latest Welsh Government guidance here : https://gov.wales/coronavirus and plan your visit before setting off.

Address

Raglan,
Monmouthshire,
NP15 2BT

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Due to Covid-19 the prices and opening times noted here may have changed. Please check the Cadw website for full details.

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The unmistakable silhouette of Raglan crowning a ridge amid glorious countryside is the grandest castle ever built by Welshmen.

We can thank Sir William ap Thomas, the ‘blue knight of Gwent’, for the moated Great Tower of 1435 that still dominates this mighty fortress-palace. His son Sir William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, created the gatehouse with its flared ‘machicolations’.

These stone arches allowed missiles to be rained down on attackers. But Raglan came 150 years later than the turbulent heyday of castle-building. It was designed to impress as much as to intimidate.

Under various earls of Worcester Raglan was transformed into a magnificent country seat with a fashionable long gallery and one of the finest Renaissance gardens in Britain. But loyalty to the crown was to prove its undoing.

Despite a garrison of 800 men and one of the longest sieges of the Civil War, it fell to parliamentary forces and was deliberately destroyed. Among the looted treasures was a piece of Tudor wooden panelling, now proudly displayed in the visitor centre after being rescued from a cow shed in the 1950s.

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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
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Hearing Accessibility FacilitiesHearing Accessibility Facilities
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