Raglan Castle
Raglan Castle
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 unexpected closures, opening times, events, and site facilities.
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  • Janet H
    Worcester, United Kingdom595 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 June 22, 2023
  • marty130
    Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 August 11, 2023
  • Dan B
    Tewkesbury, United Kingdom220 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Tupsley1349
    Hereford, United Kingdom261 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Iweinvanaalst
    Lille, Belgium596 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled solo
    Written September 22, 2023
  • adf1981
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled with family
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Patrick O
    Mount Holly, North Carolina1,121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 29, 2023
  • Neil S
    London, United Kingdom303 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 18, 2024
  • Liss
    Abingdon, United Kingdom4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views and well maintained, not very accessible.
    A couple of hours visit in the area took us to Raglan to see the beautiful ruins. The site is entered through the visitors center, and myself and my husband were offered free entry as I am a wheelchair user. This was appreciated as the site isn't really accessible by chair, there are lots of lawn areas and gravel paths around the site, but they are almost all up or down a step or two as they date to different periods. I am able to get in and out of the chair to look over walls and through windows and my family moved the chair over thresholds for me so we made it work! There are various rooms and areas with educational signs and models or interactive things dotted about, but its not always clear what they are, or what link they have to their location, they are also looking a little tired as they are exposed to the elements. The staff are friendly, and clearly care a lot for the site, the grounds are extremely well maintained. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, and towers to climb. We took the dogs, and they had a good time sniffing around, but there are a few local cats around, just be aware.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 20, 2024
  • Elise O
    Burgh le Marsh, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do!
    Great find just off the motorway, plenty of parking and can purchase an adult ticket in the gift shop for £9. Also has toilets. You can explore all around the grounds even go underneath if you want to follow the dark staircase and even climb up one of the towers to get an amazing overview of the castle and grounds as a whole. Amazing place to visit and learn about.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 24, 2024
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Clive B
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
My wife is very much into the ancestry of our family,she recently discovered that William ap Thomas was my 15th Great Grandfather( think that’s right,I’ll have to check with her) so we decided whilst the weather was good to have a trip out to the castle.
It is extremely interesting,multiple layers of building work in its history,from when it was specifically a fortified building,to in later life ,having its top floors added for entertainment of all the gentry.
Really is very interesting,especially with the family ties. We that went to St.Mary’s priory in Abergavenny where Sir. Williams marble tombs are available to visit.
All in all an excellent interesting visit.
I will add,the castle is not really for young children,it is not generally safe for them to run round,which is too be fair obvious. Also,shame no cafe,we took a picnic( but had excellent fish and chips in Abergavenny) but would have been nice for a drink. I think,the cafe closed as a further result of the COVID hitting businesses.
Apart from that,all good.
Written September 8, 2021
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18BT
Burford, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
If you are anywhere near the Wye or Brecon Becons, this is really interesting, well displayed. Yes there are castles all over this part of Wales, but this is the biggest and best. Has a story to tell - the boards take you through the key 200 years of British history from the Wars of the Roses through to the Civil War. Would love it if Cadw could find he funds to restore the Stuart gardens…
Written June 8, 2022
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Wendy P
Benfleet, UK38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Booked online to go into the castle, and arrived slightly early, which was no problem. Plenty of free parking. Very historic visit, lovely architecture, but lots of stepping up and down levels which killed my arthritic knees. Scenery from upper level was breath taking. Ample benches dotted around for resting. Haven for lots of birds. The moat is very green, stagnant and choked with pond weed. Poor water birds were trying to swim, but finding it difficult. Reasonable price to get in, and plenty of hand sanitising stations and social distancing. The shop had beautiful jewellery and other items, but most prices were extortionate.
Written June 15, 2021
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Lindylou146
Plymouth, UK1,223 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
The castle is only 10 minutes drive from Monmouth, where we were staying so we booked our tickets online and as seniors only paid £6.40 each. The car park wasn’t busy due to limiting the numbers and we were able to walk straight in. We spent an hour or so wandering round the ruins of the castle, but as there was hardly any information ( we hadn’t purchased a guide book) we were slightly disappointed. There was a picnic area with some picnic tables, but no cafe or anywhere to buy a drink or snack. There were toilets though!
Written June 6, 2021
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Sian58_13
Ashcott,United Kingdom186 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
If, like me, you didn’t realise that the castle closes for lunch, you get a full price ticket for entry 11.30- 12.00 and you get kicked out at 1 and are not allowed in again. This was very unexpected! Do all Cadw places do this? We had travelled from Somerset.
It is a stunning castle and I wish we could have wandered more slowly. Do visit but plan better than I did!!
Written September 4, 2020
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Jack S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
A gem of a find! A fantastic ruin with a lot of areas to explore. If you are going to learn about the castles history I would recommend purchasing a guide at the entrance although there are a few signs in some areas explaining a few key areas. The castle has a good panoramic view from one of the towers. Even on a cloudy day this is still not to be missed. The shop contains a good variety of books and other items. Friendly staff. Would recommend if you are in the area. Would say you could see the whole castle in under an hour.
Written January 4, 2023
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charl061191
Pickering, UK132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This was an amazing castle to visit! There was so much to see and it was much larger than I was expecting. We bought the leaflet which I would recommend so that you can find out more information about the different parts of the castle. I would definitely recommend this castle. It would really benefit from an audio guide to really bring it to life but that is the only thing this castle is missing.
Written August 22, 2022
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FunkyWildcat
United Kingdom436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
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.
Written March 27, 2023
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Kat0026
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
There are more castles than you can poke a stick at in Wales I know, and some are more interesting historically than others, but this has to be my favourite. Unlike many Norman castles this one has an interesting history as well as being (I think) breathtakingly beautiful, even though large chunks of it are gone. What is left is enough to show how beautiful and extraordinarily grand it was.

It's the most beautiful castle ruin I've seen in the UK & I encourage everyone to make the time to check it out.
Written August 16, 2021
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kneeknocker
Bristol, UK91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We were driving and saw this in the distance, so took a turn and headed towards the castle....it's a great place to explore, lots to see and some fantastic views across towards the sugar loaf mountain in the not so distance. Get yourself up the tower and take in the sight.. it's amazing. As an added bonus, there were lots of buzzards floating on the thermals...hunting in the nearby woods...
Written October 26, 2022
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