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Raglan Castle

A40, Raglan, Wales
+44 1291 690228
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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.
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A40, Raglan, Wales
+44 1291 690228
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Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Beautiful ruins with some reconstruction but minimal. Amazing example of a castle sitting high on a river cliff. The climb to the tower top is worth it. Nice shop area. Totally a can't miss location if in the area!

Thank dennis r
Reviewed 17 June 2017

this has to be one of the best castle we have been to , and the area was great , able to wonder around at our own pace

Thank annod01
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Having been built as a border castle to tame the Welsh, Raglan became one of the first renaissance 'palaces' in England & this alone makes the castle worth visiting - the view from the top of the tower certainly repays the effort

1  Thank BigAnnII
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

An hour or so of interesting history in a ruin that is nearly completely available for your exploration. Also some bits to keep the kids' attention, especially if you have your device (network connected phone or tablet) with you.

1  Thank Simon L
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Lovely castle to explore, with the ability to still climb to the top and admire the beautiful views. It's a huge castle, so allow plenty of time to wander around and enjoy it.

Thank Dave D
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Wonderful castle with plenty of areas to explore, including towers to climb and dungeons to investigate. Our visit was over the bank holiday weekend when they held a Legends and Fairy Tales event that made our visit a little more special - our three grandchildren...More

Thank manswa
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

We arrived half hour before closing so was just allowed in, but my advice is to give at least an hour to enjoy Raglan Castle as our visit was rushed. Wouldve happily spent and hour/hour and a half exploring the castle. Entrance fee is £6.50....More

Thank richiej1984
Reviewed 2 June 2017

Great little cafe behind the castle. Offers light food, coffee and teas. Perfect place to end a day wandering through the castle. Lovely staff and excellent service.

Thank bikewales99
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Beautiful castle to explore, can definitely spend a lovely few hours going around and taking it all in. Great spot for a picnic! Perfect that we could take our dog in, he enjoyed his visit as much as we did. Would have loved more information...More

Thank Ami2601
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We saw a lot of castles while we travelled in Europe, and this was one of our favourites! The man at reception was very friendly and informative. The castle itself is large and the grounds were beautiful. We were able to climb up a number...More

Thank Hiskid
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18 February 2017|
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Response from Reeve L | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure about the buses and bus stops sorry as I drove to raglan castle.
8 January 2017|
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Response from michael t | Reviewed this property |
Anyone can go in the castle. Parking is free, adult £6, children 4.20, family £16.20. Sure that correct.. it's a good castle and nice location....mike
17 May 2016|
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Response from Michael A | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if trains from London to Raglan. I would think Newport your nearest main line station. Best to go on line and check, Great Western rail I think.