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Visitor Notice

Following the announcement of a short ‘firebreak’ lockdown by the Welsh Government as of 6pm on Friday 23 October, all Cadw staffed and unstaffed sites will be closed until further notice.

Until we can welcome you back in person, you can visit us virtually through our Open Doors Online 3D tours. All you’ll need is a mobile phone or a desk-top computer — of if you have a VR head-set you can be fully-immersed inside your selected adventure.

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Diolch and we hope to see you again soon.

Overview

Two-in-one architectural wonder spans 900 years of history

The clue’s in the name. So striking was the massive circular tower built by Roger Picard II that his castle became known as Tretower – or ‘the place of the tower’.

Over two centuries, from about 1100, the Picards transformed themselves from invading Norman adventurers to powerful Welsh lords.

So this monumental tower with four storeys and stone walls nine feet thick wasn’t merely for protection. It was social climbing made visible, an open imitation of the castles at Pembroke and Skenfrith.

It would be remarkable enough on its own. But Tretower is two wonders in one. Just across the castle green lies an entire medieval court that became a byword for magnificence.

It was the creation of Sir Roger Vaughan and his descendants. During the Wars of the Roses Sir Roger became one of the most powerful men in Wales – and Tretower reflected his fame.

It became a magnet for medieval Welsh poets who drank its fine wines and sang the praises of its generous host. Now, thanks to meticulous restoration, you can vividly imagine being one of Tretower’s most honoured guests.

You’ll find the great hall laid out just as it might have been for a lavish feast in the 1460s. In the recreated 15th century garden you can stroll among fragrant white roses that symbolise Sir Roger’s passionate Yorkist sympathies.

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Facilities

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Ground floor toilets (male and female) and wheelchair accessible toilet is available.

Bike storage area available in car park or close to the monument.

Gravelled car park area and roadside parking opposite the court for approx. 30 vehicles.

The court is mainly accessible, although the cobbled entrance may be unsuitable for wheelchair and buggy users.

A side entrance can be made available for access if required.

There is no dedicated disabled parking.

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

On-site garden.

Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.

Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.

Cadw holiday accommodation is available to hire close to this site.

Tretower Court cottage

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.


Directions

Road
Signposted in Tretower village, off A479 5km/3mls North West of Crickhowell
Rail
18km/11mls Abergavenny, Manchester/Liverpool-Abergavenny/Cardiff
Bus
400mtrs/430yards, route no.X43, Brecon-Abergavenny
Bike
NCN Route No.8 (8km/5mls)

NCN Route No.8 (8km/5mls).

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


Contact us

Telephone 01874 730279

Email
*Tretowercourt@gov.wales

Address
Tretower Court and Castle,
Tretower, Crickhowell, NP8 1RF