Until 1962 these doors hung in the main gateway, then copied and replaced by the present doors. The doors are no later than the 1190s, making them the oldest castle doors in Europe
Chepstow castle stands on rock above the swirling waters of the River Wye.
Building was started not long after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 by William Fitz Osbern, a companion of William the Conqueror.
It was one of the first stone built castles which were replacing the old timber and earth strongholds.
The structure was improved through the centuries up to the Civil War, the core being the Norman keep to which towers, walls, gatehouses and barbicans were added in later centuries.
Chepstow was adapted for cannons and musketry after a long seige during the Civil War, and continued to be in use up until 1690, and is still beautifully preserved.
There is a gift shop in the castle, and a display of the oldest wooden castle door in Europe.
Bring a picnic with you and relax in the castle grounds.
There are no dogs allowed in the castle.
After visiting the castle why not pop across to the Chepstow museum which reveals the rich and varied past of this ancient town, once an important port and market centre. The museum is just across the road from the castle in an elegant 18th century house built by a prosperous Chepstow merchant family.
The museum is open 11~1, 2~5pm Mon to Sat/ and 2~5 on Sun...
Chepstow town centre has many shops within walking distance of 1000 car park spaces. There are hotels, pubs, restaurants and cafes.
The area beside the river has been attractively landscaped There is also a local museum, opposite Chepstow Castle entrance.
Chepstow Racecourse is the leading horse racing facility and course in the UK. It is located on the edge of the town, in the grounds of the ruined Piercefield House. Sundays see a large market set up on the racecourse grounds which is attended by vendors from as far afield as Birmingham, London, and beyond. During the course of the year the racecourse hosts hobby and antique fairs.
Nearby other attractions are the Royal Forest of Dean, the Wye Valley, and Tintern Abbey.
CAR PARKING AT CHEPSTOW CASTLE
1 March - 30 June 2018
Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Adult - £6.90
Family - £20.00*
Member - Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
Student and children under 16 - £4.10
Senior Citizen - £5.50
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16
All children under 5 receive free entry.
Prices valid until March 2019