Chepstow Castle
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Chepstow Castle is a must-visit as the oldest post-Roman stone castle in the UK (with the oldest castle doors in Europe!). It is a beautifully preserved masterpiece of medieval engineering, perched high above the Wye Valley like a history lesson in stone.

There’s no better place in Britain to see how castles gradually evolved to cope with ever more destructive weaponry – and the grandiose ambitions of their owners. For more than six centuries Chepstow Castle was home to some of the wealthiest and most powerful men of the medieval and Tudor ages.

Building was started in 1067 by Earl William fitz Osbern, close friend of William the Conqueror, making it one of the first Norman strongholds in Wales. In turn William Marshal (Earl of Pembroke), Roger Bigod (Earl of Norfolk) and Charles Somerset (Earl of Worcester) all made their mark before the castle declined after the Civil War.

Magnates and power-brokers were constantly on the move. Chepstow was just one residence in their vast estates – an impressive shell into which they would bring their gold and silver vessels, rich silk and brightly painted furniture.

Nowadays Chepstow Castle is managed by Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh Government, and has many fantastic events throughout the year, from re-enactments and falconry displays, to live music and theatre.

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Guide Prices

Member - Free

Adult - £8.70
Senior - £8.10
Juniors / Students - £6.10
Family - £28.20

All children under 5 receive free entry

Events

22nd June 2024 - 23rd June 2024

Chepstow CastleLet’s Discover…Whose Poo?Visit Chepstow Castle and learn about the dietary habits of the people who lived and worked in the castle, plus dissect a fake poo!
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6th July 2024 - 7th July 2024

FalconMedieval Falconry at Chepstow CastleGet up close and personal with a variety of birds of prey this weekend at Chepstow Castle!
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13th July 2024 - 13th July 2024

MusicMedieval Music DayHead to Chepstow Castle and listen to medieval music, played on the authetic instruments.
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20th July 2024 - 21st July 2024

Jester SchoolJuggling Jim's Jester SchoolVisit Chepstow Castle this weekend and see if you have what it takes to be a medieval jester!
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24th July 2024 - 24th July 2024

31st July 2024 - 31st July 2024

7th Aug 2024 - 7th Aug 2024

14th Aug 2024 - 14th Aug 2024

21st Aug 2024 - 21st Aug 2024

28th Aug 2024 - 28th Aug 2024

Arts & CraftsMake and Take at Chepstow CastleGet crafty at Chepstow Castle during the summer holidays!
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27th July 2024 - 27th July 2024

Duke's Theatre As You Like ItAs You Like It at Chepstow CastleEnjoy live outdoor theatre at Chepstow Castle with the Duke Theatre Company's performance of As You Like It.
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27th July 2024 - 28th July 2024

MusicSteps back in TimePut on your dancing shoes and visit Chepstow Castle this weekend, as we learn about the evolution of dance, from the medieval farandole to the French court dances of the 17th century.
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30th July 2024 - 30th July 2024

Chepstow CastleLet’s Discover ...WillowLearn all about the ancient craft of willow weaving at Chepstow Castle.
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3rd Aug 2024 - 4th Aug 2024

Chepstow CastleChepstow Under Siege 1645Civil War living history encampment at Chepstow Castle. Try on armour, handle weapons and take part in drills.
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6th Aug 2024 - 6th Aug 2024

Chepstow CastleLet’s Discover ...Medieval GamesDiscover and play medieval board and dice games at Chepstow Castle. 
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8th Aug 2024 - 26th Aug 2024

Castell RocCastell Roc Music FestivalCastell Roc is an annual festival held within Chepstow Castle. Enjoy 13 different performances over 18 days in August.
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13th Aug 2024 - 13th Aug 2024

Chepstow CastleLet’s Discover…Chain MailVisit Chepstow Castle and have a go at making a patch of maille (chain mail) to take home with you.
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20th Aug 2024 - 20th Aug 2024

Chepstow CastleLet’s Discover…The Printed WordLearn all about how to set type and print the old fashioned way with printer Francesca Kay.
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23rd Aug 2024 - 23rd Aug 2024

Chepstow CastleLet’s Discover… Medieval WeaponsCome and be entertained by our resident knight, and get a close-up look at medieval weaponry! 
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27th Aug 2024 - 27th Aug 2024

Medieval HerbsLet’s Discover… Herbs and HeritageLearn all about herbs and their uses during the Middle Ages with resident expert Mistress Elizabeth.
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7th Sept 2024 - 8th Sept 2024

ArcheryLiving History Weekend at Chepstow CastleFind out all about life over 900 years ago when a medieval encampment comes to Chepstow Castle.
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21st Sept 2024 - 21st Sept 2024

MusicTudor Music Day at Chepstow CastleEnjoy music from the Tudor period at Chepstow Castle.
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Related

Tintern AbbeyTintern Abbey (Cadw), TinternCistercian abbey, founded in 1131 in the beautiful Wye valley village of Tintern. Remarkably complete abbey church rebuilt in the later thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, with extensive remains of cloister and associated monastic buildings.

Raglan CastleRaglan Castle (Cadw), RaglanRaglan Castle is an impressive fifteenth-century castle built by Sir William ap Thomas and his son William Herbert, remodelled by William Somerset, third earl of Worcester, 1549-89. Finest late Medieval fortress in Britain. On-site exhibitions.

Chepstow CastleGroup Visits at Chepstow Castle, ChepstowChepstow Castle has a great deal to offer groups of all sizes.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired

Catering

  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

M4 Eastbound Junction 23 or Westbound Junction 21 and take the M48; at Junction 2 take the A466 & A48 for Chepstow.Accessible by Public Transport: Chepstow station is 1 mile away.

Chepstow Castle (Cadw)

Type:Castle

Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 5EY
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Tel03000 252239

Awards

  • Visit WalesCadw Welsh Government Cadw Welsh Government 2016
  • Visit WalesVisit Wales VAQAS Visit Wales VAQAS 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Daily 9.30am–5pm

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