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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.

The sumptuously restored Earl’s Chamber built by Roger Bigod is a vivid reminder of Chepstow’s magnificence.

More about Chepstow Castle


Opening times

9.30am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

9.30am – 6pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

9.30am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

10am – 4pm Monday - Saturday

11am – 4pm Sunday

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Prices

Category Price
Member - Join now
Free
Adult
£7.30
Family*
£21.20
Disabled and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
£4.40
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£5.80

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.


Facilities

Bikes access icon Charging car park icon Disabled access icon Digital trail icon Dogs welcome icon Exhibition 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.

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

Dedicated coach parking.

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.

Digital trails available on the Cadw app.

Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.

On-site exhibition within monument.

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, follow these simple steps in 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 01291 624065

Email
ChepstowCastle@gov.wales

Address
Chepstow Castle
1 Bridge St, Chepstow NP16 5EY