Raglan Castle

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Raglan Castle has an unmistakable silhouette crowning a ridge amid glorious Monmouthshire countryside, and 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.

Raglan Castle Renaissance Gardens

The landscape surrounding Raglan Castle is recognised as one of the most significant surviving gardens from the Renaissance period in Britain. Although only the structure of the gardens is visible today.

The castle gardens had their heyday in the 1620s when there were terraces, knot gardens, a moated walk, and a water parterre, one of only a handful made in Britain at that time. Water channels were cut in diamond shapes to create islands at the head of the lake. Boggy channels and mounds, which can still be seen today in the meadow below the kitchen tower, provide evidence of this unusual feature. After the Civil War the castle was abandoned and the gardens have been left overgrown and largely untouched. However, the original structure can be clearly seen in earthworks surviving on the ground.

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26th May 2024 - 27th May 2024

Raglan CastleMedieval Murder MysteryBecome a detective and help solve the crime and bring the culprit(s) to justice, with a prize for the person(s) who works out who did it and the reason why.
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29th May 2024 - 29th May 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

FalconFalconry at Raglan CastleVisit Raglan Castle and enjoy fantastic falconry displays from Wings of Wales.
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28th June 2024 - 28th June 2024

HamletHamlet : Live at Raglan CastleJoin The Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer at Raglan Castle for a live production of Hamlet.
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6th July 2024 - 7th July 2024

Raglan CastleRaglan Castle Victorian ExtravaganzaExperience life upstairs and downstairs in the Victorian Era at Raglan Castle.
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26th July 2024 - 26th July 2024

Duke's Theatre As You Like ItAs You Like It at Raglan CastleEnjoy live outdoor theatre at Raglan Castle with the Duke Theatre Company's performance of As You Like It.
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25th Aug 2024 - 26th Aug 2024

Crown Copyright KnightsRaglan Castle OdysseyHead to Raglan Castle for a sweep through time as they enjoy a weekend of living history, tours, displays and fun.
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Raglan CastleGroup Visits to Raglan Castle, RaglanGroups of 15 or more receive a 10% discount ‘party rate’ as long as one payment transaction is made per group. Coach drivers who bring groups may always come in for free on the day with their party.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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). Accessible by Public Transport: Abergavenny station is 9 miles away.

Raglan Castle (Cadw)

Type:Castle

Raglan Castle, Raglan, Monmouthshire, NP15 2BT
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Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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