Beautifully preserved Chepstow Castle is a history lesson in stone.
If you think modern doors are long lasting, think again. Chepstow boasts the oldest castle doors in Europe. All wood and all of 800 years old. Until 1962 these doors hung in the main gateway, but are now in safe keeping in the on-site exhibition. Let’s just say it would be nigh on impossible to find a replacement.
The whole site is a lesson in longevity. From around 1067 through to 1690, the castle, almost chameleon-like, changed its appearance as fashions changed in military architecture. More a case of bright architects than bright colours however.
Century after century, the castle grew and grew along its narrow cliff top ridge. The oldest building is the Norman great tower but building work continued well into the 17th-century as medieval battlements were replaced by stronger musket-friendly parapets. Bows and arrows were so last century!
The Earl's Chamber is closed for essential repairs. We apologise for any inconvenience.
The mobility scooter at the castle is not currently available as it has broken down and is awaiting repairs. We apologise for any inconvenience.
1 November 2017 - 28 February 2018
Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
For yearly opening times please click 'View all visitor information'
Adult - £6.50
Family - £19.30*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £4.20
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16
All children under 5 receive free entry.
Prices valid until March 2018
Facilities and information
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- Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
- Dogs on leads welcome
- No smoking
- Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
- This site is registered on the No Fly Drone website
Postcode NP16 5EY
Road From Cardiff M4, J23, M48 J2, A466. From London M4, J21 & M48.
Rail Chepstow 1km/0.6mls Cardiff-Gloucester-Birmingham line.
Bike NCN Route No.4 (200m/219yards).
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.