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. We’re also rather proud of our use of Bluetooth technology. Use your mobile phone to download audio stories for an insight into castle life.
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.
1 March - 30 June 2013
Daily 09.30am - 5pm
Last admission 4.30pm
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
Prices valid until 31 March 2014View all opening times and prices »
Postcode NP15 2BT
Road Via A40 and signposted Raglan.
Rail Newport 30km/19mls Cardiff-Bristol, Birmingham, London and Manchester lines.
Bus 11km/7mls Monmouth, route No 60, Newport-Monmouth. 2-hourly daily.
Bike Regional Route No.30 (1km/0.6mls).
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.