Raglan Castle
Raglan Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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. The displayed opening times are our general pattern. Please check the Cadw website for specific times and days, including closures.
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  • FunkyWildcat
    United Kingdom441 contributions
    Definitely worth a visit
    This is a great caste to visit. Run by CADW there is a fee to pay to enter but in our opinion it was worth it. Loads to walk around and explore, a fascinating layout and slightly different from many other Welsh castles. Informative and knowledgeable staff at the entrance too. Perhaps could do with a little more information boards and it would be amazing if some of the grounds could be reconstructed with the tiered gardens etc; perhaps get the national botanical garden involved or a local community orchard/gardening group. Anyway, definitely recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Janet H
    Worcester, United Kingdom584 contributions
    Wow, wow and wow again
    Oh so pleased we have finally managed to visit. Not at all disappointed. Loved it all. Easy access to take dog as well. Lovely aspects, especially if you climb the towers. Lots of interesting quirky things to see, e.g. books on a spiral staircase and the prayer stall (complete with history and info boards). Nice seating areas. Lovely gift shop and staff that were so friendly and helpful
    Visited June 2023
    Written 22 June 2023
  • marty130
    Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom65 contributions
    A proper castle with a moat
    What a first rate castle, must be one of the best we have visited. Plenty of rooms to explore, it has a proper water filled moat. Great views from the top of the tower. Loads of history, would have liked a few more information boards or audio guide.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Dan B
    Tewkesbury, United Kingdom198 contributions
    Fantastic Castle
    After passing the castle on our way back from holiday at Easter we decided we would pay it a visit during the summer and so glad we did. What an amazing castle set in a well kept maintained site. We had a picnic there before looking around the castle itself. You can walk all the way around and inside go up towers and go down. There are a few hands on things for the kids to do too as well as trying to spot the fish in the moat. We'll certainly be going back and would be tempted to get a membership. I forget just how close to Wales we are! It wasn't overly expensive either like some castles so will keep my eye out on upcoming events.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Tupsley1349
    Hereford, United Kingdom184 contributions
    A real castle
    Well worthy of a visit. A proper Castle with a moat!! Plenty to see and experience. Great spance of grassed areas which are perfect for picnics (as long as they are not emptying the septic tanks as they were a short time after we started to eat!) Dog friendly through out as well
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Iweinvanaalst
    Lille, Belgium599 contributions
    In memory of William Herbert
    Construction of Raglan castle is started around 1432 by William ap Thomas. The south gate and great tower probably date from this time. From 1461 onward William Herbert remodels the castle as a sumptuous palace fortress. The great gatehouse, fountain court and parts of the pitched stone court are built. In 1549 William Somerset, third earl of Worcester, inherits Raglan and begins a major modernization programme. The hall range is remodeled, the long gallery is constructed and the pitched stone court extended. Magnificent gardens are created around the castle. In 1646 Raglan flies the royal colours is besieged by Parliament. After its surrender by the marquis of Worcester the castle is slighted. * Visitors can discover the palace fortress with the help of an outstanding guidebook comprising several reconstruction drawings. The stronghold is vast. Although gutted by mining and missing an entire floor (demolished by pickaxe) the great tower still looks impressive. The state appartments are heavily damaged but their window frames still bear traces of rich decoration. The guest suites lack their courtyard facade and the great hall is roofless but you can imagine their former splendour. The pitched stone court with its bakehouse, brewhouse and domestic quarters has taken the worst of the parliamentarian bombardment of 1646. Even with the guidebook I couldn't figure out the layout of the kitchen tower upper floor and the floors above the buttery. The great tower as well as one of the latrine towers can be scaled for views miles around. Sadly marsh and wilderness have claimed the site of the former lake and magnificent gardens.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 September 2023
  • adf1981
    24 contributions
    Excellent castle, take a picnic.
    After passing this castle for many years saying, “we must visit one day.” We finally did one sunny September afternoon. From walking around the many different rooms to climbing the towers, this is a must of Cadw castles. The moat is good to see and the garden space was lovely to sit in. The views across the countryside from the back of the castle are fantastic. There is no cafe but if the weather is nice take a picnic and a cup of tea with you. They sell ice cream and some limited soft drinks in the shop, but I feel they’d do well with a tea/coffee outlet here. The toilets are hidden but well signposted. The staff are all very friendly and are very nice to talk to. We will be back with our Cadw membership next time, it’s a lovely place to spend the afternoon.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Patrick O
    Mount Holly, North Carolina1,153 contributions
    Wonderful Castle Ruins to Explore!
    This castle ruins is in wonderful shape and maintained very well! The grounds are perfectly maintained and it is easy to walk and explore. Historical informational signs are in strategic locations throughout and it was fun to imagine what castle life would have been like in its heyday. The great location in the lush Wales countryside makes for great photo opportunities. There is an entrance fee, but it is well worth it! There is a gift shop and bathrooms. One of the best castles in the area!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Neil S
    London, United Kingdom304 contributions
    Very Interesting.
    Recommend purchasing the guide book; we didn't and could have done with more information than is just on the information boards. Very interesting site, which must have been magnificent when it was in its heyday. Helps to be mobile and not scared of heights if climbing the towers. Useful information around the site and good gift shop. Would be really good if there was a cafe, but worth a visit nevertheless.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 January 2024
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Neil S
London, UK304 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Recommend purchasing the guide book; we didn't and could have done with more information than is just on the information boards.
Very interesting site, which must have been magnificent when it was in its heyday.
Helps to be mobile and not scared of heights if climbing the towers.
Useful information around the site and good gift shop.
Would be really good if there was a cafe, but worth a visit nevertheless.
Written 18 January 2024
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Patrick O
Mount Holly, NC1,153 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
This castle ruins is in wonderful shape and maintained very well! The grounds are perfectly maintained and it is easy to walk and explore. Historical informational signs are in strategic locations throughout and it was fun to imagine what castle life would have been like in its heyday. The great location in the lush Wales countryside makes for great photo opportunities. There is an entrance fee, but it is well worth it! There is a gift shop and bathrooms. One of the best castles in the area!
Written 29 December 2023
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Andy S
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
It was a bit chilly but worth it there's great views of the serounding area took a couple of hours took it steady well worth the entrance fee would recommend it
Written 6 December 2023
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FalmouthLucy
Devon, UK253 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Loved this castle.We trudged to the top of the 5 story tower and enjoyed the views.This must have been an amazing place in its day
You can still see the remnants of some of it's ornate fire places high above.There are loads of nooks crannies and cellars to explore.Particularly enjoyed the inner walk around the inner moat.Staff were really friendly.Parking was nearby and free.CADW are missing a trick this would be a great place to put a cafe .Toilets available
Written 2 November 2023
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Peter E
Shropshire, UK76 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
what a great castle this is great views from the towers plenty to keep the little people busy very ggd parking
Written 26 September 2023
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adf1981
adf198124 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
After passing this castle for many years saying, “we must visit one day.” We finally did one sunny September afternoon.

From walking around the many different rooms to climbing the towers, this is a must of Cadw castles.

The moat is good to see and the garden space was lovely to sit in. The views across the countryside from the back of the castle are fantastic.

There is no cafe but if the weather is nice take a picnic and a cup of tea with you. They sell ice cream and some limited soft drinks in the shop, but I feel they’d do well with a tea/coffee outlet here.

The toilets are hidden but well signposted.

The staff are all very friendly and are very nice to talk to.

We will be back with our Cadw membership next time, it’s a lovely place to spend the afternoon.
Written 24 September 2023
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Iweinvanaalst
Lille, Belgium599 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
Construction of Raglan castle is started around 1432 by William ap Thomas. The south gate and great tower probably date from this time.

From 1461 onward William Herbert remodels the castle as a sumptuous palace fortress. The great gatehouse, fountain court and parts of the pitched stone court are built.

In 1549 William Somerset, third earl of Worcester, inherits Raglan and begins a major modernization programme. The hall range is remodeled, the long gallery is constructed and the pitched stone court extended. Magnificent gardens are created around the castle.

In 1646 Raglan flies the royal colours is besieged by Parliament. After its surrender by the marquis of Worcester the castle is slighted.

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Visitors can discover the palace fortress with the help of an outstanding guidebook comprising several reconstruction drawings.

The stronghold is vast. Although gutted by mining and missing an entire floor (demolished by pickaxe) the great tower still looks impressive. The state appartments are heavily damaged but their window frames still bear traces of rich decoration. The guest suites lack their courtyard facade and the great hall is roofless but you can imagine their former splendour.

The pitched stone court with its bakehouse, brewhouse and domestic quarters has taken the worst of the parliamentarian bombardment of 1646. Even with the guidebook I couldn't figure out the layout of the kitchen tower upper floor and the floors above the buttery.

The great tower as well as one of the latrine towers can be scaled for views miles around. Sadly marsh and wilderness have claimed the site of the former lake and magnificent gardens.
Written 22 September 2023
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Diane A
Bedworth, UK18 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We stumbled upon this castle and what a great find, beautiful and well-maintained, dog friendly and plenty of space to picnic or have an ice-cream from the lovely shop. Well worth a visit!
Written 4 September 2023
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Tupsley1349
Hereford, UK184 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Well worthy of a visit. A proper Castle with a moat!!
Plenty to see and experience.
Great spance of grassed areas which are perfect for picnics (as long as they are not emptying the septic tanks as they were a short time after we started to eat!)
Dog friendly through out as well
Written 29 August 2023
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Dan B
Tewkesbury, UK198 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
After passing the castle on our way back from holiday at Easter we decided we would pay it a visit during the summer and so glad we did. What an amazing castle set in a well kept maintained site. We had a picnic there before looking around the castle itself. You can walk all the way around and inside go up towers and go down. There are a few hands on things for the kids to do too as well as trying to spot the fish in the moat. We'll certainly be going back and would be tempted to get a membership. I forget just how close to Wales we are! It wasn't overly expensive either like some castles so will keep my eye out on upcoming events.
Written 28 August 2023
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