If you think modern doors are long lasting, think again. Chepstow boasts the oldest castle doors in Europe. All wood and all of 800 years old. Until 1962 these doors hung in the main gateway, but are now in safe keeping in the on-site exhibition. Let’s just say it would be nigh on impossible to find a replacement.
The whole site is a lesson in longevity. From around 1067 through to 1690, the castle, almost chameleon-like, changed its appearance as fashions changed in military architecture. More a case of bright architects than bright colours however.
Century after century, the castle grew and grew along its narrow cliff top ridge. The oldest building is the Norman great tower but building work continued well into the 17th-century as medieval battlements were replaced by stronger musket-friendly parapets. Bows and arrows were so last century!
Access problems for visitors with mobility difficulties are also a thing of the past thanks to improvements leading to the main entrance and our resident mobility scooter.
The Earl's Chamber is closed for essential repairs. We apologise for any inconvenience.
1 March - 30 June 2013
Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Adult - £4.50
Family - £13.50*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £3.40
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
*Admits 2 adults and all children under 16
Postcode NP16 5EY
Road From Cardiff M4, J23, M48 J2, A466. From London M4, J21 & M48.
Rail Chepstow 1km/0.6mls Cardiff-Gloucester-Birmingham line.
Bike NCN Route No.4 (200m/219yards).
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.