Raglan Castle is a late medieval castle located just north of the village of Raglan. The modern castle dates from between the 15th and early 17th centuries, when the successive ruling families of the Herberts and the Somersets created a luxurious, fortified castle, complete with a large hexagonal keep, known as the Great Tower or the Yellow Tower of Gwent. Surrounded by parkland, water gardens and terraces, the castle was considered by contemporaries to be the equal of any other in England or Wales.

Following the Norman invasion of Wales, the area around the village of Raglan was granted to William FitzOsbern, the Earl of Hereford. Some historians suspect that an early motte and bailey castle may have been built on the Raglan site during this period.

The current Raglan Castle was begun by Sir William ap Thomas. In 1432 William purchased the manor of Raglan, where he had already been staying as a tenant, and commenced a programme of building work that established the basic shape of the castle as seen today, although most of, with the exception of the South Gate and the Great Tower, was later built over.

During the English Civil War the castle was held on behalf of Charles I but was taken by Parliamentary forces in 1646. In the aftermath, the castle was slighted, or deliberately put beyond military use; after the restoration of Charles II, the Somersets declined to restore the castle.

Raglan Castle became first a source of local building materials, then a romantic ruin. It now attracts visitors as a modern tourist attraction.



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Founded: 1432
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Matt P (13 months ago)
Really nice old castle, been here many times. Perfect for a relaxing stroll in the sun whilst taking in some heritage, and plenty of green areas around the castle to have a picnic. Only downside is that a couple of areas are currently closed due to social distancing (arguably the best areas, as they're upstairs and give you the best views), but still a worthwhile place to visit for the small entrance fee.
abi babak (13 months ago)
Lovely site, nice views. Good fun wandering round and trying to imagine it in its prime. Nice little shop at the entrance. Unfortunately the cafe was closed and it was raining but we would definitely recommend it.
Freya Longden (14 months ago)
Wonderful afternoon exploring the beautiful castle. So much history and the staff were very knowledgeable and happy to chat about the castles past. Can't wait to come back hopefully soon! Loved seeing the photos the staff found for me too!
Dhrubajyoti De (2 years ago)
Limited entry due to covid. Online booking only
Caroline Powell (2 years ago)
Couldn't get in as you need to book coz of covid
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