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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The Cripplecreek was the location of an impromtu VT meet when we met up with VT member Barbara (Ranger49) and her husband John. We called in for a few drinks but primarily the Cripplecreek is well known for the great meals on offer. The hearty home cooked meals are extremely popular, while we were there several people rang up to book a table only...more
When we visited Raglan we arranged to meet up with VTer Ranger49 and this was the pub that she suggested. It is just outside Raglan but seems to be a very popular place to Eat.Although we only had a few drinks here while chatting to Barbara and her husband we were informed that the food was very good here but it was unfortunately fully booked up....more
We called in on the Beaufort Arm for an evening drink following a busy day driving and exploring. There has been a pub on this site well before the siege of Raglan Castle in 1646 when the Roundhead soldiers used to visit to quench their thirsts. Underground Wells and vaulted enclosures underneath the Beaufort Arms are thought to indicate possible passageways to the Castle itself. Another interesting feature is an old stone fireplace in the lounge which was taken from the Castle in the 20th Century before CADW took over the running of the Castle.
During the 19th Century the Inn was a popular mail-coach stop on the South Wales to Fishguard route.
The Beaufort arms has a nice cosy bar area and a very nice looking restaurant. The menu looked very nice but a little pricey. It's definitely somewhere to go for a special occasion though.
There is also bed and breakfast accomodation here which seems to be of a very good standard.