This monument is open to visit.
Pre-book your tickets online in advance to guarantee entry and please remember:
- purchased tickets cannot be refunded — please check you’re able to attend on the date you have booked
- book a ticket for every member of your party for the same time slot
- bring your face covering, to be worn in all indoor areas.
The stones of this magnificent clifftop fortress trace 600 years of history
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.
These 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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Bike storage area available in car park or close to site.
There is a charging public car park 100 yards below the castle entrance with 4 dedicated disabled spaces and dedicated coach parking.
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Sloped access from public car park with 4 dedicated disabled spaces available in council car park directly in front of the castle.
Areas of the site accessible to people with limited mobility.
Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.
Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.
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.
Smoking is not permitted.
A portable induction loop is available.
This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.
Postcode NP16 5EY
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.
Telephone 03000 252239
Bridge St, Chepstow NP16 5EY
For contractors, educational visits and deliveries please ring 01291 624065