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Raglan Castle

Photo © Lee Watts

Raglan Castle, Castell Rhaglan, is a historically significant ruined castle located at Raglan, Monmouthshire. It was built in the Late Middle Ages as a show of wealth rather than to enforce a military presence, but it later endured one of the longest sieges of the English Civil War.

The castle began construction in 1435 for Sir William ap Thomas, who wanted to create a statement of his wealth and social aspiration. Upon his death his son, William Herbert, continued the work. The castle had a stately Great Tower, state apartments and a grand gatehouse.

During the English Civil War the castle was held by Royalist supporters of the king and held out for one of the longest sieges of the war. However, it was eventually captured by the parliamentarian forces of Oliver Cromwell. To prevent its further use by the king's supporters, they set about demolishing the Great Tower. However, this was taking them so long that they abandoned the idea and instead demolished two of the walls.

The castle that stands today shows the remains of the siege.

Address Address:

Raglan Castle
Raglan,
Monmouthshire NP15 2BT

Telephone Telephone:

01792 390359

Wensite Website:

http://www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/default.asp?id=6&PlaceID=113

Admission Charges Admission Charge:-

Adult - £2.90, Concession - £2.50, Family - £8.30

Opening Hours Hours:

Spring Opening Times:
1.04.06 - 31.05.06: 9.30 - 17.00
 
Summer Opening Times:
1.06.06 - 30.09.06: 9.30 - 18.00
 
Autumn Opening Times:
1.10.06 - 31.10.06: 9.30 - 17.00
 
Winter Opening Times:
1.11.06 - 31.03.07: 9.30 -16.00 Monday - Saturday,
11.00 - 16.00 Sunday

Most sites are closed on 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

Facilities for the Disabled Facilities for the Disabled:

A firm but slightly sloping path leads from the car park to the shop/pay desk. From here there is level access to the Great Gatehouse and two of the three exhibition areas (both have one step). The Pitched Stone Court, which has a cobbled surface, may be viewed from here. Other rooms are reached from this courtyard or by stairs. There are information panels and benches are provided.

The car park is close to the entrance.

There are steps down to the toilets. There is no disabled toilet in the vicinity.

Disabled visitors and their assisting companion will be admitted free of charge to all monuments. Please note that, for health reasons, dogs are not allowed on Cadw sites, but guide dogs and hearing dogs for the deaf are welcome.

 Photographs © Lee Watts. Click on any image for a larger view.

Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle

SCA melee combat at Raglan Castle


 

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