Raglan Castle

Accredited Attraction - Wales
  • Raglan Castle

    Raglan Castle

  • Raglan Castle

    Raglan Castle

  • Raglan Castle

    Raglan Castle

  • Raglan Castle

    Raglan Castle

  • Raglan Castle

    Raglan Castle

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 Oliver Cromwell’s 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.

It lit up the high table at the dais end of the hall. Raglan also boasted a long gallery, the very height of fashionable living in the Tudor period.

Intricately carved wooden panels were de rigueur and Raglan’s very own lost (and found!) Tudor panel is on show in our visitor centre. 

The Buttery which is located behind the Great Hall has reopened to the public. Come and see where an episode of BBC's Merlin was filmed.

This site is included in one of our guidebooks.  Visit our online shop to find out more.

Current times and prices

Dates
1 July - 31 August 2014

Times
Daily 09.30am - 6.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

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Facilities and information

Baby changing Car park Disabled access Dogs welcome Exhibition Gift shop Guidebook No smoking Portable induction loop Refreshments Toilets
  • A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • No smoking
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Directions

Postcode NP15 2BT

Car Road Via A40 and signposted Raglan.

Rail Rail Newport 30km/19mls Cardiff-Bristol, Birmingham, London and Manchester lines.

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For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.