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Visitor Note

Our visitor toilets are having a make-over. Temporary facilities will be available on site until our upgrades are completed.

An accessible visitor toilet is available next to the visitor centre.

Overview

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.

More about Raglan 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

10.00am – 4.00pm daily

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

Accessible toilets icon Baby changing icon Car park icon Digital trail icon Disabled access icon Dogs welcome icon Gift shop icon Guidebook icon No drones icon No smoking icon Picnic tables icon Portable hearing icon Refreshments icon School visits icon Toilets icon Venue hire icon Water refill station icon Wi-Fi icon

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.

Digital trails available on the Cadw app.

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.

Light refreshments are available.

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!

 

Visitor toilets are available at this site.

This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.

Water refill station available at this site.

Cadw free public WiFi available at this site.


Directions

Road
Via A40 and signposted Raglan.
Rail
Newport 30km/19mls Cardiff-Bristol, Birmingham, London and Manchester lines.
Bus
11km/7mls Monmouth, route No 60, Newport-Monmouth. 2-hourly daily.
Bike
Regional Route No.423 (1km/0.6mls).

Postcode NP15 2BT.

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.


Contact us

Telephone 01291 690228

Email
RaglanCastle@gov.wales

Address
Raglan Castle,
Castle Rd, Raglan, Usk NP15 2BT