This site is open to visit either by booking tickets online or purchasing tickets on arrival.
To visit this monument:
- check our opening times, prices and other facilities below
- purchase your admission tickets on arrival or book online
- bring your face covering, to be worn in all indoor areas.
Welsh fortress-palace transformed into regal residence
The unmistakable silhouette of Raglan crowning a ridge amid glorious countryside is the grandest castle ever built by Welshmen.
We can thank Sir William ap Thomas, the ‘blue knight of Gwent’, for the moated Great Tower of 1435 that still dominates this mighty fortress-palace. His son Sir William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, created the gatehouse with its flared ‘machicolations’.
These stone arches allowed missiles to be rained down on attackers. But Raglan came 150 years later than the turbulent heyday of castle-building. It was designed to impress as much as to intimidate.
Under various earls of Worcester Raglan was transformed into a magnificent country seat with a fashionable long gallery and one of the finest Renaissance gardens in Britain. But loyalty to the crown was to prove its undoing.
Despite a garrison of 800 men and one of the longest sieges of the Civil War, it fell to parliamentary forces and was deliberately destroyed. Among the looted treasures was a piece of Tudor wooden panelling, now proudly displayed in the visitor centre after being rescued from a cow shed in the 1950s.
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Accessible toilets available at this site for visitor use.
Toilets available with baby changing facilities.
The car park at Raglan is situated within the castle grounds on a grassed surface.
Car parking for approx. 120 cars; no dedicated disabled parking.
Inside the monument there are lawns, gravelled and cobbled areas.
There are steps within the monument, making wheelchair access limited.
Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.
Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.
Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.
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.
Picnic benches and /or tables are available for visitor use.
A portable induction loop is available.
Visitor toilets are available at this site.
This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.
Cadw free public WiFi available at this site.
Postcode NP15 2BT.
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.
Telephone 03000 252239
Castle Rd, Raglan, Usk NP15 2BT
For contractors, educational visits and deliveries please ring 01291 690228