Manorbier Castle

Manorbier Castle: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Manorbier Castle Reviews: 4/5

Manorbier Castle
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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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Joanne B
5 contributions
Castle
Oct 2021 • Family
We stayed just across the road from this cool little castle you have to check the days it's open end of season in ocober so was open on the last Tuesday of the month ,lovely cafe and shop also a nice looking setup for 12 people to stay for a holiday ,it was Halloween when we went so a trail for the kids to do and some colouring and suchlike
Written November 11, 2021
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nicky w
Canterbury, UK182 contributions
Worth a visit, great views
Aug 2021 • Couples
Well worth a visit to this beautiful castle with well preserved features and story boards. The view from the top is really lovely and the little cafe in the courtyard serves freshly made refreshments and teas and coffees. Parking close by with only a short walk to the castle.
Written November 4, 2021
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Ace
Dartford, UK2 contributions
Tea room/Cafe
Oct 2021 • Family
Service lacked a smile and cakes lacked moisture. Rather than serving people entered into chit chat with other employees. When tried to order a hot chocolate server harrumphed at us and complained about how complicated the hot chocolate was and hard to make. Wouldn’t order again:
Written October 27, 2021
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274Lynne
Builth Wells, UK89 contributions
Nice way to spend a couple of hours
Oct 2021
Visited quite late on in the day - having read the reviews we thought we would need a couple of hours max to look around and this was right.

The castle is lovely - lots of it still intact and lots of renovation work happening - which is great to see.

One negative is that the castle closes at 4, but at a quarter to 4 the lady in the cafe was locking up the various parts of the castle and we were asked to go from where we were so she could lock up - this really needs to be looked at as we had paid until 4.

Definitely worth a visit though.
Written October 25, 2021
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Justin-KwikStaff
Stourton, UK10 contributions
Great Place, Terrible Person in Tea Room!
Oct 2021
A Lovely Setting with one very obvious (Human) Problem!
Visited today, plus side its a real gem of a Castle with interesting nooks to explore, incredible views and they’ve clearly taken time on the information boards and displays to immerse the visitor, its Halloween soon and they had a trail for the kids as well as colouring table and spookily decorated Crypt, we really enjoyed the place.

I can’t write though in good conscience about this place without a word of advice for the owners, the lady in the Tea Room is an absolute liability! Awful, really.

On arrival I was made to feel as if I was somehow in the wrong for asking if we paid in there as the ticket office was closed. We were aware there was a Kids Halloween trail on…. I had to ask for two for the kids after a whole rigmarole about what sort of ticket I wanted… there was no price list or mention of family tickets etc…. Yet I was I think supposed to know exactly what I needed! Customer service zero, attitude minus points.

Post exploration we thought we’d spend some of our hard earned in the tea room… the outdoor seating area, squashed up against the wall was soaked, literally not a dry seat in sight so we asked if, as it was about to rain, we could sit inside, we were made to feel completely ignorant for asking this, but went in masks on, only to be completely ignored for 5 minutes whilst this lady spoke at length to her friend (who wasn’t wearing a mask by the way) about flower arrangements! My Father in Law was told to “Sit, I’ll be with you in a minute” and carried on with her chat…. It was only when another couple of ladies came in to be told when they perfectly reasonably asked if they might sit inside too, that “We are discouraging it really” that we voted with our feet and left.

She is a liability I would suggest, it was NOT busy, she was being rude and clearly doesn’t believe it is her job to provide any sort of service or indeed to earn the Castle any money. I have a feeling that this isn’t the first nor the last time she will get such a review but it needs to be said. Quite the least courteous or helpful, indeed rude woman I have ever had the misfortune to expect the bare minimum of a cup of tea from!!

If it’s yours castle remover her and watch your tea room takings go up!

It might of course be the owner that runs the cafe in which case good luck!!
Written October 20, 2021
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nessief
Worcester, UK927 contributions
Not a lot to see
Oct 2021 • Friends
We hadn't pre planned this visit but decided to on the spur of the moment. For the entry fee £6.50 adult £4 over 70's there isn't an awful lot to see tbh. However it is a very picturesque place for lunch on a nice day.
If you are a senior (over 70 for here) make sure you ask for senior tickets. If not you will get asked .....Adults? Well on the basis that we're not children.....yes we are and then the confusion begins!
Written October 15, 2021
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zenu
London1,987 contributions
A taster of a Norman castle....
Sep 2021
The car park leads down to the small, pebbly and tranquil beach (coastal walk path is easily accessed) and up a fairly steep climb to the castle (via the Secret Entrance).

Tickets are purchased at the tea shop (£5.15) which also provides a good range of cakes some of which are vegan and gluten free. Service however, was somewhat surly. Ample seating in the peaceful castle grounds.

The small eleventh century Norman castle stands on a natural coastal promontory and the views from the ramparts (for those who would dare to scale them!) are most rewarding. An interesting visit (see photos).

The castle is also a wedding venue and offers self catering appartments. Public bathrooms are archaic but clean and functional.
Written October 3, 2021
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Patric D
Sandbach, UK613 contributions
Closed on Mondays!
Sep 2021
If the attraction's web-site proclaimed that the castle is open, then as a visitor, I expect it to be open. But hey, it seems not. "We always close on Mondays in September and October". No mention of that on their web-site.
So that was really helpful ... nor were they apologetic for their error.
In the 10 minutes we were there, four other people showed up, all of whom expected the castle to be open.
Bah Humbug!
Written September 26, 2021
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Christine A
Oxfordshire, UK48 contributions
Disappointing visit!
Sep 2021
We had really enjoyed Manorbier in September 2020. It is a charming castle with a lovely beach and unlike some others, it felt loved. It has an interesting history and plenty to see. We had been looking forward to spending some enjoyable time there again, relaxing in the lovely courtyard with an afternoon tea, soaking the rustic and romantic atmosphere.

Alas, it was not to be! I entered the “Secret Entrance” filled with anticipation and climbed up the path, full of excitement. The view through the entrance stopped me dead in my tracks! There was a huge, white and completely incongruous marquee, hiding most of the lovely borders and dwarfing the green courtyard.

We persevered: my husband was determined for us to have a nice afternoon tea there! We entered the shop at 3.20 pm to be informed as a welcome that the castle closes at 4pm. It’s OK, we said, we know! Can we have drinks? “I can’t do coffee” was the answer. It’s OK we said, how about a nice pot of tea. “Tea is served in paper cups!” (I could see pots of tea lined up in the back and it was not busy). And then followed a tirade about how manic the day had been and how there was a lot of tidying up to do. We asked about cakes, slices of which were all lined up in individual plastic containers. We were told quickly the types of cakes so fast that we had to ask again. All this delivered in a harassed and precipitated tone. We felt like we were impinging on precious time.

So off we went to sit down with our motorway style afternoon tea.
But where to sit? A nice area against the back wall was inviting until we realized that all you could see when sat there was the marquee! So we settled for a table next to the white, modern eyesore, overwhelmed by its glare and size! We did not enjoy it so we wandered away and visited what is a lovely romantic castle, if only it would let be so!
A couple arrived and asked for tea at around 3.45 and was refused. They could not understand since it was a quiet week day and opening times were advertised until 4 pm, why the lady could not even put a tea bag in a cup for them. They were told that the castle closes at 4pm not the shop. They went!
Maybe we had been spoiled last September when only a smaller tepee was in situ.. We learned that the marquee was for weddings! We understand that you are a privately owned castle and need to raise funds, but if you must do it this way, could you at least pick a marquee more in the style of the castle, something looking more historical and of a colour blending in its surroundings and perhaps smaller? Would this not be much nicer for the wedding party too and any photos? Also, would it be possible to use it for visitors to sit inside it during the day, opening a couple of sides, so that at least, whilst in it, we can concentrate on the castle view instead?
We wonder why the closing time is 4 pm. This is very early especially in the summer months. But If this must be so then it would be fair to either continue the service of refreshments until closing or to make it clear on the website or at the entrance that the shop will be closed from 3.30pm. (really? middle of the afternoon!!) Some visitors have quite a drive to get there.
It not fair on either visitors or castle workers to have inadequate amount of staff so that they end the day so stressed. It was not a nice welcome and the person obviously had a bad day!. I had started looking at items in the shop, meaning to purchase souvenirs and the book of the castle, but felt like we were holding her up so went out as quickly as possible. Whilst the lady could have handled this better, it is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the staff can cope.

All this was far from the perfect setting, tranquil view and warm welcome advertised on your website!!

So, even after all this, I still wanted to come back another time to revisit more in depth as I love the castle, but my husband quite rightly said that it would only be another disappointment. So we visited another local castle instead where we were greeted WITH a nice welcome and WITHOUT an enormous eyesore in the courtyard. More money lost for Manorbier! I am so disappointed!!!
Written September 25, 2021
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Katy
24 contributions
A short visit
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is quite a small castle and although it has some information about the history it is limited.

You can explore a lot of the castle but only a few areas have any real substance, although those that do give good information and insight.

The views from the top towers are stunning and it’s a short walk from the car park.

The tea room also acts as the entry gate so there was a queue to get in and I felt they were short staffed with only one person in the tea room, however most of Wales is short staffed so the wait was understandable.

We were here for about 30 minutes and I think we would struggle to be here much longer.

I felt it was expensive for what it was.
Written September 17, 2021
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