Tretower Castle & Court
Tretower Castle & Court
4.5
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
About
A dedicated follower of fashion For over 900 years Tretower Court and Castle has been altered, adjusted and adapted. Much of this was done to keep up with style, fashion and the tastes of the time. The Picards and the Vaughans who lived here were rich influential Welsh families; the movers and shakers of their time. The displayed opening times are our general pattern. Please check the Cadw website for specific times and days, including closures.
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  • Izabela W
    Nottingham, United Kingdom161 contributions
    Amazing castle!
    We accidentally (!)find this castle , driving to Black Mountains site to explore .we had all place to ourself(staff was so kind to let us in few minutes earlier, before opening time and let us to enjoy it fully). It was cold and calm, peaceful and glorious day. Talking guide is brilliant . I love all castle and gardens and house. Architecture, wood, balcony. Absolutely beautiful. Please support Welsh side and buy Wels year admission card . Absolutely great castle. I can imagine how great it was.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Danielle T
    12 contributions
    Great second visit
    This was our second visit to Tretower, albeit with our son this time. The staff were so genuine and helpful. There were little Easter games to play around the site as well as an Easter egg hunt and crafts, all included in the ticket. It’s a great that you can bring the dog along for the wander although not up to the first floor, which wasn’t an issue at all. Lovely shop and a newish cafe which served us some great coffee and cake outside as it didn’t accommodate dogs.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 13, 2023
  • _gpayne405
    South Molton, United Kingdom9 contributions
    Great place, take your own picnic.
    Last visit was in 1973! The passion from the staff for the place is still great. Shame about the restaurant, a very limited lunch menu, my pork sandwich was just cold fat inedible.and over priced. They did refund just for the sandwich. Take a picknick and enjoy the views in the garden.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 12, 2023
  • Chris F
    Cardiff, United Kingdom111 contributions
    Great Place For History Lovers
    An amazing place from the 1400s with an even older castle at the back. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We were personally shown across the road from the visitor centre to the main site and given an introduction to the place. That's something I've never experienced before. Several other people were there to explain the history of the place and explain the lifestyle of the time. All were good but my favourite was the guy explaining the various herbs, cooking ingredients and medicines available at the time. The admission price is £8.70 each which is very good value for money considering the history of the place and the great people, plus it also involves an audio guide. The cafe provides very good quality food (however, the menu choice is extremely small !). A great place to spend a couple of hours. CADW do this kind of thing really well.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Roger G
    Glasgow, United Kingdom2,710 contributions
    Impressive Castle Tower, Restored Court, Shop and cafe
    We spotted the impressive tower from the road and decided to visit on a sunny day. Plenty of good quality surfaced car parking. A good cafe that closes around 4pm. Everything about the place is high quality, especially the standard or restoration of the court. The shop is well stocked and the staff were outstanding with a certain command of cymraeg verbally and in the castle guide provision, notices, etc. The free audio tour guide was excellent and easy to use although it would be good to be able to plug in an ear piece or position it close to your ear. Some innovative image projections in the kitchen area and pleasant garden area.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • bryonia
    Kerry, United Kingdom8 contributions
    Wet but lovely
    We visited on a v v wet day, but persevered regardless. The court was very interesting, good access and props, the audio headsets were an absolute mine of information. We took it in turns to run across to the castle (so the children didn't have to go) and the ground was unbelievably wet. Obviously nobody's fault, but if I'd realised how wet I might not have gone! Staff helpful and we would visit again.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 26, 2024
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bryonia
Kerry, UK8 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We visited on a v v wet day, but persevered regardless. The court was very interesting, good access and props, the audio headsets were an absolute mine of information. We took it in turns to run across to the castle (so the children didn't have to go) and the ground was unbelievably wet. Obviously nobody's fault, but if I'd realised how wet I might not have gone! Staff helpful and we would visit again.
Written January 26, 2024
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Peter E
Shropshire, UK76 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
what a beautiful site very helpful staff letting you know the history nice cafe and gift shop and good parking
Written September 26, 2023
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LizWal22
Wales, UK14 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
I want to use so many superlatives...
This is a must-visit treasure and the staff are a joy. Visit when the re-enactors are in residence for the best experience.
Written September 17, 2023
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Roger G
Glasgow, UK2,710 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We spotted the impressive tower from the road and decided to visit on a sunny day. Plenty of good quality surfaced car parking. A good cafe that closes around 4pm. Everything about the place is high quality, especially the standard or restoration of the court. The shop is well stocked and the staff were outstanding with a certain command of cymraeg verbally and in the castle guide provision, notices, etc. The free audio tour guide was excellent and easy to use although it would be good to be able to plug in an ear piece or position it close to your ear. Some innovative image projections in the kitchen area and pleasant garden area.
Written September 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Chris F
Cardiff, UK111 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
An amazing place from the 1400s with an even older castle at the back. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We were personally shown across the road from the visitor centre to the main site and given an introduction to the place. That's something I've never experienced before. Several other people were there to explain the history of the place and explain the lifestyle of the time. All were good but my favourite was the guy explaining the various herbs, cooking ingredients and medicines available at the time. The admission price is £8.70 each which is very good value for money considering the history of the place and the great people, plus it also involves an audio guide. The cafe provides very good quality food (however, the menu choice is extremely small !). A great place to spend a couple of hours. CADW do this kind of thing really well.
Written August 28, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

_gpayne405
South Molton, UK9 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Last visit was in 1973! The passion from the staff for the place is still great. Shame about the restaurant, a very limited lunch menu, my pork sandwich was just cold fat inedible.and over priced. They did refund just for the sandwich. Take a picknick and enjoy the views in the garden.
Written May 12, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tammie P
Wokingham, UK75 contributions
Apr 2023
Free parking opposite. Lovely little shop where you get your tickets and audio device which is included in the price. The ruins itself are very small but the audio gives you great information and additional information if you want to hear. Wouldn’t take more than an hour to do it but very interesting

We took our dog with us, but dogs are only allowed on the ground level. Not really an issue though when looking at the ruins
Written May 1, 2023
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Danielle T
12 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
This was our second visit to Tretower, albeit with our son this time. The staff were so genuine and helpful. There were little Easter games to play around the site as well as an Easter egg hunt and crafts, all included in the ticket. It’s a great that you can bring the dog along for the wander although not up to the first floor, which wasn’t an issue at all. Lovely shop and a newish cafe which served us some great coffee and cake outside as it didn’t accommodate dogs.
Written April 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Izabela W
Nottingham, UK161 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
We accidentally (!)find this castle , driving to Black Mountains site to explore .we had all place to ourself(staff was so kind to let us in few minutes earlier, before opening time and let us to enjoy it fully).
It was cold and calm, peaceful and glorious day.
Talking guide is brilliant .
I love all castle and gardens and house.
Architecture, wood, balcony.
Absolutely beautiful.
Please support Welsh side and buy Wels year admission card .
Absolutely great castle.
I can imagine how great it was.
Written March 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Janet H
Worcester, UK584 contributions
Jan 2023
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff in "shop". History of Court explained and we were offered audio guides. We chose to wander on our own. Interpretation of how the ground floor of Court was furnished was most interesting. Nice to be able to view the upstairs as well. Lovely historic feel to the place. The weather had been atrocious so we were advised of the flooded gateways etc to the castle. Did manage to get over there and wandered around castle ruins. Able to take our dog with us into the ground floor accommodation.
Written January 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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