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“Fantastic castle, worth a visit.”
Review of Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle
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$404.46*
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Private South Wales Day Trip from Bath
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Raglan
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Owner description: A stunning statement of wealth and power Everything’s great about this place, from its great tower, which evokes memories of earlier fortresses like Caernarfon, to the great gatehouse, which ‘wows’ the visitor just as its owner intended. If, as they say, an Englishman’s home is his castle, then William Herbert’s Raglan is the Welshman’s equivalent. Built for show rather than with battle in mind, it still held off parliamentarian forces for thirteen weeks in one of the last sieges of the Civil War. The castle was eventually taken and was systematically destroyed by parliament. Enough remains to still impress. Raglan was begun in the 1430s, rather late in the day for castle building. Unfashionably late by some 150 years! Despite this, mod cons such as massive mullioned windows brought the design bang up-to-date, bathing rooms in luxurious light. The oriel window, a bay to end all bay windows, is one of Raglan’s defining features.
Reviewed June 22, 2014

We visited Raglan recently and really enjoyed our brief visit on the way home. We have English Heritage membership (it's run by Cadw, but you get free entry to these properties with a EH card) but didn't think £4.50 for an adult fairly cheap considering how much there is to see and how much time you could spend there. There is ample parking and it is a very short walk to the entrance from there.

It's a shame there isn't a castle cafe on site and you have to walk round on the road to that. The castle was busy and we found the staff a little abrupt at the main desk as we gained entry.

The castle itself has an imposing gatehouse where you enter and a moat to walk around. We loved the oriel window and climbing stairs to gain vantage points and get views over the castle and the rest if the surrounding countryside. There are so many little features too such as gargoyles and shields carved into the stone by the state apartments. It is worth taking the short walk around the moat and perusing the niches too.

We will be returning and would definitely recommend!

Thank 1066girl
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Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

The castle was great, it is largely a run, but there is obviously a lot of renovation work happening.
There are signs for a cafe, which is a couple of minutes walk away, I am not sure if it is affiliated with the castle officially. The cafe is very disorganised, and service was extremely slow, we ended up having best part of 30 mins for the 4 cakes we ordered and the cakes were dry.. Not good.

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Reviewed June 8, 2014

We saw the sign for the castle and stopped for a visit on the spur of the moment.
£4.50 per adult is, I feel, a little bit expensive for a visit to a fairly small castle and the main tower was closed on the day we visited.
We enjoyed walking around the castle and the grounds and there is plenty of open space for the kids to run around. For the less mobile it could be a bit tough to see much apart from the general walk around the paved areas.
There are lots of tight, narrow stair and rooms that the kids will enjoy exploring.
There are castles worth making a trip to see but this one I would put as, worth it if you are passing.
Car park was free.

Thank Tony G
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

A few weeks ago my wife and I stayed at the premier inn in ross on wye. While we were there we visited Raglan Castle, near Monmouth. The drive from ross to raglan is beautiful, we were lucky as the weather was great. Raglan Castle is a lovely place to visit, plenty of car parking, and the castle itself is very interesting. It's a shame a lot of it was destroyed during the civil war between the royalists and the roundness. Even so, this did not stop us enjoying our visit.

Thank Stevie61
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

I think my kids would've had a blast at Raglan, there were so many nooks and crannies to play hide and seek in, yet the castle isn't overwhelmingly large. It was one of our favorite castles of the ones we visited with our guide from See Wales tours. It was a lovely day when we visited, if it had been raining, some of the stairs might've been treacherous.

Thank KerrieM935
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