From Saturday 27 March — this monument is open and free to visit for residents within Wales with no pre-booking required. Check our opening times and facilities below; please act responsibly and be respectful of the local area during your visit. Please adhere to Welsh Government social distancing guidelines and coronavirus restrictions at all times and do not attempt to access enclosed spaces.
A castle built to last
Along with its neighbours at Coity and Ogmore, Newcastle guarded the important river crossings which once controlled access into Glamorgan when much of this part of the country was under native Welsh control. The original castle here was most likely a less sophisticated earthwork, with the remains standing today dating from a later building period of renovation in the 1180s. At that point, the castle was held by Henry II, and this royal connection probably explains why it is so well constructed.
Evidence of the castle’s superior build quality can be seen in its striking Norman doorway, perfectly preserved after lying almost untouched since the 12th century.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.
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.
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.