Raglan Things to Do

  • Raglan Castle
    Raglan Castle
    by Myfanwe
  • Raglan Castle
    Raglan Castle
    by Myfanwe
  • Raglan Castle
    Raglan Castle
    by Myfanwe

Most Recent Things to Do in Raglan

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo

    Visit the Castle

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 9, 2010
    Raglan Castle
    4 more images

    Raglan Castle began as a simple motte and bailey but in 1390 William Ap Thomas gained posession and it was he or his son who began the moated great tower. His son, Sir William Herbert continued his fathers building work while also becoming one of the greatest, influencial men of his time and was made Earl of Pembroke in 1468.

    As you enter the Castle through the mighty gatehouse, you will see gunloops, murder holes and portcullises. As you wander around there are many outstanding features; The great tower with it's moat and drawbridge - this was originally a freestanding Castle. After a climb to the top of the tower you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

    One of my favourite features of the Castle were the two sculpted figures which are situated in the long gallery, above the Chapel and buttery.

    Adult - £3.00, Concession - £2.60, Family - £8.60
    Entry is free for Welsh residents aged 60 and over or 16 and under who have a valid pass and members of CADW.

    Opening times
    01.04.09 - 31.10.09: Daily 9.00 - 17.00

    01.11.09 - 31.03.10: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 16.00, Sunday 11.00 - 16.00

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • Balam's Profile Photo

    Raglan Castle

    by Balam Updated Feb 23, 2010
    Raglan Castle
    4 more images

    Raglan is the Youngest of the Castles in Wales being built in the 15th Century by Sir William ap Thomas and his son William Herbert, It was later remodelled by William Somerset the then third earl of Worcester between 1549 and 1589.
    The castle took a lot of damage during the Civil War but much of the hexagonal shaped Great Tower and it's lavish suites of state apartments still survive. restoration is still being done on many areas of the Castle.

    A great new feature of some of the CADW site is available here, if you have bluetooth on your phone switch it on and it will down load some stories about the castle that you can listen to while you are walking around.

    Adults £3.00, Concession £2.60, Family £8.60
    Entry is free for Welsh residents aged 60 and over or 16 and under who have a valid pass or for members of CADW

    Opening times
    01.04.09 - 31.10.09: Daily 9.00 - 17.00

    01.11.09 - 31.03.10: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 16.00, Sunday 11.00 - 16.00

    Closed on 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • ranger49's Profile Photo

    Raglan Castle

    by ranger49 Updated Aug 6, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    What's happened here?
    4 more images

    We have been visiting Raglan Castle for over 20 years on a very regular basis. As members of CADW the, Welsh Heritage Organisation, we get free admission.
    Free admission is now available to all residents in Wales ove 60 and under 16.

    Our eight granchildren, visitors from Germany, USA, Canada, Australia and Africa, as well as relatives and friends from all over the UK never seem to tire of a visit and as it is less than 8 miles away - what better!

    Was this review helpful?

  • ranger49's Profile Photo

    H-tech come to Raglan Castle

    by ranger49 Written Aug 6, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    On our most recent visit our grandsons were delighted to read in the Visitor Centre that if they had Bluetooth they could download MP3 audio stories on to their mobile phones for free.This is a brand new initiative and the first of its kind to be piloted in the UK.
    Using Bluetooth technology audio files are delivered to visitors' mobile phones the project at Raglan Castle and the project is all part of Cadw's policy of improving interpretation methods at its heritage sites.
    I was not too sure about Bluetooth, did not know the children would have the technology. Of course grandmas know nothing so they were delighted to show me that even my mobile has Bluetooth.
    The downloaded stories take listeners on a guided tour of the castle, and tell what life would have been like for the occupants during the long siege in the Civil War of 1646. The boys seemed more interested in listening to the stories than reading the descriptive information stands.
    However they seemed to lose interest before the end of the story, which I think indicates how very difficult it is to grab and keep the attention of 10/11 year old boys!

    Was this review helpful?

  • ranger49's Profile Photo

    A Tudor Treasure Returns Home to Raglan

    by ranger49 Updated Aug 6, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    1 more image

    The attractive new visitor centre, opened in summer 2008, replaces the Portakabin type structure that was used for many years but became unsuitable to receive the ever increasing numbers of visitors to the Castle - as well as being a bit of an eye-sore! The new, much larger building is built to a modern design that uses a mixture of oak glass and metal and fits well in this historic, rural setting.
    Inside there hangs a rediscovered old treasure. This ornately designed and carved piece of Tudor craftsmanship, the Beaufort Panel, disappeared during the Civil War from the original parlour of the castle.
    It was apparently used, until quite recently, as a partition wall in a Welsh cow shed.
    Then it was spotted in 2005 in a Sotheby auction catalogue - at which point CADW, the organisation responsible for protecting Heritage in Wales,stepped in and restored it to its rightful home.

    Also on display on the Centre is a three-dimensional painting of Raglan Castle by the Welsh artist Luned Rhys Parri.

    Was this review helpful?

  • ranger49's Profile Photo

    Raglan Summer Music Festival

    by ranger49 Updated Jul 2, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Since 2005 a locally initiated Summer Music Festival has drawn large crowds to the village - over 3000 in 2007 and even more are expected in 2008 when year 600 applications for "performing" slots were received from bands world wide.
    The principal venues for the events are the Castle, the local Hotel -an old coaching inn and a village pub.

    You have missed the 2008 Festival held June 6th -8th.
    Over 4000 people attended and it was another successful event.

    Full details and photographs are available on the web site - you might want to be there in 2009!

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Raglan

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

61 travelers online now

Comments

Raglan Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Raglan things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Raglan sightseeing.

View all Raglan hotels