Raglan Castle

Raglan castle, situated in the green countryside and within the town of Raglan.

The castle was begun in 1435 by Sir william ap Thomas who was able to express his desire for status and domestic comfort in the castle's most famous feature, its stately Great Tower.

On ap Thomas's death, his son William Herbert continued the work on the castle in the same lavish style, creating formal state apartments and a Great gatehouse.

Further changes took place in the mid-16th century, after which the castle was forced into active service.

It acquitted itself well during 1646 in one of the longest sieges of the Civil War before falling into the hands of Cromwells armies who demolished a large part of the castle.

But even in ruin, Raglan remains one of the finest examples of its kind in the UK, still preserving a wealth of decorative detail.

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Remains of impressive fifteenth-century castle built by Sir William ap Thomas and his son William Herbert, remodelled by William Somerset, third earl of Worcester, 1549-89. Despite demolition attempts during the Civil War, much of the hexagonal-shaped Great Tower and lavish suites of state apartments still survive. Os Map 161: SO 414083


Parking, toilets and toilet for the disabled,  baby changing facilities, guidebook available, on-site shop, site exhibition, Bluetooth tour.


assistance dogs allowed


Further Information:

Most sites are closed on 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Full details are available from Cadw Site Operations Unit, tel. 01443 336000. Last admission to this site is thirty minutes before closing.  



Admission costs


Adult - £6.00

Family - £16.20*

Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £4.20

Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16


All children under 5 receive free entry.


Prices valid until March 2017

Opening times



1 November 2016 - 28 February 2017



Mon - Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm

Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing


Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January..