CALDICOT Visit Caldicot's magnificent medieval castle set in fifty-five acres of beautiful parkland. Founded by the Normans, developed in royal hands in the Middle Ages and restored as a Victorian family home; discover its romantic and colourful history with a taped tour, relax and enjoy the grounds and explore the hands-on activities.
Gift shop, tea room, events, free parking and toilets, picnic tables, barbecue hearths.
Open Daily March to October 11am to 5pm
Take junction 23a from M4 and B4245 to Caldicot.
tel : (01291) 420241
CHEPSTOW Situated at the bottom of the town in Chepstow. This is a major stone built castle built spectacularly against the River Wye. It was a strategic fortress for hundreds of years. This is a large site and includes a major exhibition entitled "A Castle at War". Open all year except Christmas Eve and Day, Boxing Day and New Year's day. There is an admission charge. Tel: 01291-624065 Pay and Display car park, Information Bureau and Chepstow Museum are adjacent to the castle. (taken from the pamphlet issued by the Gwent Association of Tourist Attractions)
PENHOW On the A48 south of Chepstow. This castle was originally the first home in Britain of the famous Seymour family. Today the castle has been restored and is lived in, but the castle welcomes visitors. Every admission includes one of a free selection of stereo Walkman tours to suit many interests. Open Good Friday to the end of September on Wednesdays to Sundays inclusive 10.00am to 5:15pm, every day in August. Wednesdays 10.00am to 4:00pm only in Winter. Tel: 01633-400800 (information taken from the Penhow Castle leaflet
RAGLAN The castle is easily found on the A40 at Raglan. The castle was commenced in 1430 on the site of a small Norman castle. It has a hexagonal tower and elaborate drawbridge arrangements, two features more typical of northern France. Notable features include the Fountain Court, the Pitched Stone Court, the buttery, pantry, kitchen tower, closet tower, office wing, south gate, chapel and state apartments with an exhibition on the history of Raglan. Open all year except Christmas Eve and Day, Boxing Day and New Year's day. There is an admission charge. Tel: 01291-690228 (taken from the pamphlet issued by the Gwent Association of Tourist Attractions)