Chepstow Castle

Day trips

Ages:

  • All The Family
  • School Age
  • Adults

Venue:

Indoor

Cost:

Paid

Description

Beautifully preserved Chepstow Castle is a history lesson in stone.

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!

Opening times: 1 November 2017 - 28 February 2018

  • Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
  • Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm
  • Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

Cost:

  • Adult - £6.50
  • Family - £19.30*
  • Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £4.20
  • Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
  • *Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16
  • All children under 5 receive free entry

Prices valid until March 2018.

Open hours

Monday10am4pm
Tuesday10am4pm
Wednesday10am4pm
Thursday10am4pm
Friday10am4pm
Saturday10am4pm
Sunday11am4pm

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