Chepstow Castle

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Beautifully preserved Chepstow Castle stretches out along a limestone cliff above the River Wye 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 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.

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Guide Prices

Member - Free

Adult - £4.45
Family - £14.65
Disabled and companion - Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £3.10
Seniors (Aged 65+) - £4.15

All children under 5 receive free entry


1st Apr 2023 - 16th Apr 2023

Chepstow CastleChepstow Castle BingoSearch the castle for features old and new, and be the first one in your family to shout … BINGO!
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5th Apr 2023 - 5th Apr 2023

ExploringChepstow Castle WildlifeEnjoy a day of wildlife fun at Chepstow Castle with the Living Levels Landscape Partnership.
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22nd Apr 2023 - 23rd Apr 2023

Sea Eagle in SkyChepstow Castle CreaturesDiscover the local wildlife of Chepstow Castle with Gwent Wildlife Trust. Learn all about the fauna of the area before exploring the castle to find these creatures for yourself.
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29th Apr 2023 - 1st May 2023

ArcheryMedieval Mayhem with BowloreExperience the sights and sounds of medieval life this bank holiday weekend, as historical re-enactment group Bowlore takes over Chepstow Castle!
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6th May 2023 - 8th May 2023

CraftsCrown Making at Chepstow CastleBecome the King or Queen of Chepstow Castle by decorating your very own crown to take home!
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20th May 2023 - 21st May 2023

Chepstow CastleMeet the Normans at Chepstow CastleVisit Chepstow Castle this weekend and get transported back in time, as an authentic living history encampment takes over the site!
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27th May 2023 - 28th May 2023

MusicTales and Music with Geoffrey of MonmouthCome to Chepstow Castle to hear more of Geoffrey’s History of the Kings of Britain, plus sweet medieval music from Trouvere.
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8th July 2023 - 9th July 2023

Medieval FoodLet’s Discover ... Medieval FoodDiscover what the medieval residents of Chepstow castle would have eaten, especially around feast days.
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25th July 2023 - 25th July 2023

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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29th July 2023 - 30th July 2023

BeeLet’s Discover...Medieval BeekeepingFind out all about medieval beekeeping at Chepstow Castle, with a chance to observe the bees at work and try samples of locally produced honey and mead.
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10th Aug 2023 - 13th Aug 2023

17th Aug 2023 - 20th Aug 2023

24th Aug 2023 - 28th Aug 2023

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



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired


  • Picnic site


  • 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

Chepstow Castle (Cadw)


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

Opening Times

* Daily 9.30am–5pm

Please note: due to essential conservation work and areas of restricted access — we are currently charging reduced admission prices to the castle.

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