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Review of Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle
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Private South Wales Day Trip from Bath
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Raglan
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Absolutely superb...well worth a visit - beautifully restored. Reasonable charges. Children able to run free waiving swords bought in shops pretending to be knights...a lovely memory.

Visited August 2012
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“Interesting old Castle”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is one of the more complete castles one can find. It was indeed a very interesting place to visit especially with two Americans in tow.

Unfortunately we were only able to arrive at approx. 17:00 with the castle being closed at 18:00 so it was a bit of a whistle stop tour but none the less enjoyable.

Visited July 2013
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27 reviews
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“Quite impressive but not much substance”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

This castle must have been very impressive in its day but has been largely destroyed internally (Oli Cromwell has a lot to answer for! ). However, its worth a visit, and with a bit of imagination you can easily envisage its former glory.

Visited July 2013
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West Sussex, UK
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86 reviews
46 attraction reviews
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“A beautiful ruin”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

I have to say that ruins usually leave me cold - that might say more about my imagination than the ruins but not Raglan. It might be a ruin but it is still beautiful.

My husband is like big kid and happy to scamper over everything, reading nothing; just taking in the atmosphere. I like to be able to picture/work out how things used to look and with Raglan you can do that.

I bought the guide book - £4.50 on top of the £4.50 each to get in and it was well worth the money. On page 25 a guide starts so you can walk yourself round and have everything explained. I had thought it was all covered but soon realised it actually had a couple of courtyards with buildings round the edge.

Whilst it was sad it was trashed at the end of the civil war, if it hadn't been, I don't think we would get such access as it would now be someone's private home.

There were some school trips but as we were there over lunch time that meant most of them were picnicking in the grounds by the moat so we weren't disturbed by too many shouting children as we explored the castle.

We were there a surprising amount of time as there was always more to see/explore.

Right next door is the Tudor Farm House (stunning in its own right too), in the grounds of which is the Castle Café which served the best Leek and Potato soup I've ever had, so take the opportunity to pop in for refreshments once you've seen the castle.

Visited July 2013
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South Australia
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“Impressive Medieval Castle”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Although the castle is now in ruins, it is easy to see what a lavish fortress- palace it once was. Climb to the top of be Great Tower for panoramic views, explore the cellars and wander the galleries. A fairy tale castle complete with moat and drawbridge.

Visited July 2013
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