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Visitor Notice

The castle will be hosting the Castell Roc event throughout August.

During this time, the castle will remain open to visitors as usual however, there may be some occasional disruption as the site prepares for the evening performances this will include: a stage, food stalls and a temporary bar being erected in the lower bailey area of the site.

Thank you.

Chepstow Castle Ground Plan

Castell Roc Events

Overview

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.

More about Chepstow Castle


Opening times

Daily 9.30am–5pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Daily 9.30am–6pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Daily 9.30am–5pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Daily 10am–4pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

Please note: during extreme weather conditions we may need to close monuments at short notice, please check our social media channels before visiting to ensure the site is open and safe to visit.

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Prices & Tickets

Category Price
Member - Join now
Free
Adult
£8.30
Family*
£27.40
Disabled person and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
£5.80
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£7.70

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry


Facilities

Bikes access icon Pay and Display car park icon Disabled person access icon Dogs welcome icon Gift shop icon No drones icon No smoking icon Portable hearing icon Venue hire icon School visits icon

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 accessible parking spaces and dedicated coach parking.

Check parking charges here.

 

Sloped access from public car park with 4  accessible parking spaces available in council car park directly in front of the castle.

Areas of the site accessible to people with limited mobility.

Please be aware that the internal pathway running the length of the castle is on a slope and is steep in places.

The nearest public toilets including a accessible toilet are in the public car park at the front of the castle.

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.

To book your free self-led education visit to this site, go to our self-led education visits section.

While you're there, check out our free learning resources to help with your time travel adventure!

 


Directions

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).

Postcode NP16 5EY

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.


Contact us

Telephone 03000 252239

Email
ChepstowCastle@gov.wales

Address
Chepstow Castle
Bridge St, Chepstow NP16 5EY

For contractors, educational visits and deliveries please ring 01291 624065
Rydym yn croesawu galwadau’n Gymraeg / We welcome calls in Welsh.