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.
Tretower Court and Castle Pamphlet Guide
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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.
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.
Picnic benches and /or tables are available for visitor use.
A portable induction loop is available.
Light refreshments are available.
Visitor toilets are available at this site.
This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.
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.
Telephone 01874 730279
Tretower, Crickhowell, NP8 1RD
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