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  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £4.10-£6.90

VW VAQAS, CADW

Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle

Address

Raglan,
Monmouthshire,
NP15 2BT

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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.

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 March - 30 June 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm.
1 July - 31 August 2019 Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm.
1 September - 31 October 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm.
1 November 2019 - 29 February 2020 Mon - Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
Last entry 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid to March 2019
Adult - £6.90
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children under 16) - £20.00
Seniors £5.50
Students and children under 16 - £4.10
Children under 5 - Free

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    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
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
    • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
    • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired