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Check out The Venue and Town

'Check out the Venue & Town'

About the Castle (reproduced from Cadw Website).

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!

There is a lot more to Chepstow Castle and we always advise Festival goers to visit the site (and the Town) on show days. The Castle is open as usual during the day and you can see a much larger area including the stunning views of the River Wye from the ramparts, two further Baileys, the Barbican and the Great Tower.

Feel free check out:

Some great photos and information on the Castle is available at:

and of course the guardians of Chepstow Castle:


The Castle is open to visitors during the Festival from 9:30am – 6:00pm

Adult - £4.50

Family - £13.50

(Admits 2 adults and all children under 16)

Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £3.40

Disabled and companion FREE

Children under 5 FREE




As a Venue.

We think you will agree, simply awesome. From the minute you first approach the imposing entrance you will see that the Castle is something very special.

Once you passed through the mighty gates you enter the ‘Lower Bailey’ and see the ancient splendour of the arena.

The fully enclosed site bounded by tall historic walls provides astounding acoustics and with the ground naturally sloping gently towards the stage you will wonder if it was purpose built for viewing pleasure.

It is simply spectacular, large enough to create a buzz yet small enough to be relaxed and chilled.

Chepstow Town. 

The historic walled border town and ancient port of Chepstow, is a lovely place for a ‘mooch’ and definitely worthwhile of arriving early.

Whether you fancy enjoying some fine food available at many local establishments, taking in a little retail therapy, having a stroll around the quaint Town or a quiet meander along the banks of the River Wye, Chepstow has a lot on offer throughout the day. Later on some great bars are open for a few relaxing drinks and a chance to chat about the great day you have had.

Plenty of information on the Town can be found at:

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