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Raglan Castle

A late medieval castle dating from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries.

Attraction in or near Raglan


Description

Everything’s great about this place, from its great tower, which evokes memories of earlier fortresses like Caernarfon, to the great gatehouse, which ‘wows’ the visitor just as its owner intended. If, as they say, an Englishman’s home is his castle, then William Herbert’s Raglan is the Welshman’s equivalent.

Built for show rather than with battle in mind, it still held off Oliver Cromwell’s forces for thirteen weeks in one of the last sieges of the Civil War. The castle was eventually taken and was systematically destroyed by parliament. Enough remains to still impress.

Raglan was begun in the 1430s, rather late in the day for castle building. Unfashionably late by some 150 years! Despite this, mod cons such as massive mullioned windows brought the design bang up-to-date, bathing rooms in luxurious light. The oriel window, a bay to end all bay windows, is one of Raglan’s defining features.

It lit up the high table at the dais end of the hall. Raglan also boasted a long gallery, the very height of fashionable living in the Tudor period.

Intricately carved wooden panels were de rigueur and Raglan’s very own lost (and found!) Tudor panel is on show in our visitor centre. We’re also rather proud of our use of Bluetooth technology. Use your mobile phone to download audio stories for an insight into castle life.


Features

  • Attraction
  • Families
  • Heritage

Location



NP15 2BT
O/S Ref: SO 414082

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Events


Kids' History Festival: Falconry

21st August 2019
Come and meet the birds of prey

Held at Raglan Castle in or near Raglan