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Chepstow Castle

The oldest stone castle in Wales.

Attraction in or near Chepstow


Description

If you think modern doors are long lasting, think again. Chepstow boasts the oldest castle doors in Europe. All wood and all of 800 years old. Until 1962 these doors hung in the main gateway, but are now in safe keeping in the on-site exhibition. Let’s just say it would be nigh on impossible to find a replacement.

The whole site is a lesson in longevity. From around 1067 through to 1690, the castle, almost chameleon-like, changed its appearance as fashions changed in military architecture. More a case of bright architects than bright colours however.

Century after century, the castle grew and grew along its narrow cliff top ridge. The oldest building is the Norman great tower but building work continued well into the 17th-century as medieval battlements were replaced by stronger musket-friendly parapets. Bows and arrows were so last century!


Features

  • Attraction
  • Families
  • Heritage

Location



NP16 5EY
O/S Ref: ST 533940

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  • Chepstow

Events


Chepstow Festival

Today - 20th July 2019
Open-air theatre in Chepstow Castle

Held at Chepstow Castle in or near Chepstow


Gangsta Granny

18th July 2019
An adventure for the whole family

Held at Chepstow Castle in or near Chepstow


Frankenstein

20th July 2019
Frankenstein discovers how to endow dead organic matter with life itself

Held at Chepstow Castle in or near Chepstow


Castell Roc

8th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
Annual festival held within a stunning iconic Castle in Chepstow

Held at Chepstow Castle in or near Chepstow