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Tretower Court

Tretower Court

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Croeso Cynnes Cymreig
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, next open Tue 1 Nov 2016 - Fri 31 Mar 2017, £4.20-£6

VW VAQAS, CROESO CYNNES CYMREIG , CADW

Contact

Enquiries

01874 730279

Address

Tretower,
Crickhowell,
Powys,
NP8 1RD

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 15 - Mon 17 Apr Easter Medieval Re-enactment

Details

Set against the beautiful background of the Brecon Beacons, a visit to Tretower Court and Castle is a unique journey through history that dates back to Norman times. The great 13th century stone keep surmounts a small mound, the remains of Tretower's original earthwork castle built around 1100 to control a strategic route through the Black Mountains.

For over 900 years Tretower Court and Castle has been altered, adjusted and adapted. Much of this was done to keep up with style, fashion and the tastes of the time.

By the early fifteenth-century however the castle had been partially abandoned in favour of a new building. In the 1450s, Roger Vaughan began the transformation of this into the glorious house we now see before us, a fine example of a substantial late medieval country residence.

The Picards and the Vaughans who lived at Tretower were rich influential Welsh families; the movers and shakers of their time. They needed a place to impress. And the sumptuous accommodation they created reflected their high status as Welsh gentry.

When the Vaughans left in the 18th century Tretower Court became a working farm and where ladies and gentlemen lived, lambs and geese moved in!

Now, in the 21st Century we’ve recreated a suite of rooms as they may have been in 1470 when the Vaughans were part of high society. Discover a sophisticated way of life: from intricately carved furniture right down to the pots and pans of a working kitchen. Experience 15th century living at its best.

The painstaking restoration work programme at Tretower has included the renewal of the stone tile roofs and the replacement of timber screens on the ground floor of the west range. Colourful textiles, room furnishings and striking furniture designs complement the impressive Welsh gentry house.

Visitors can enjoy a colourful evocation of the house in the time of Sir Roger Vaughan as well as recreating the Court’s medieval garden. Tretower Court effectively evokes the gracious style of life enjoyed by the favoured few during the Middle Ages.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Tue 1 Nov 2016 - Fri 31 Mar 2017 Tue - Thu 10:00 to 16:00
Sat 1 Apr - Tue 31 Oct 2017 Mon - Sun 10:00 to 17:00
1 November 2016 - 31 March 2017 Tuesday - Thursday - 10.00am - 4.00pm. Closed Friday - Monday. Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
1 April - 31 October 2017 Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Adult - £6.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children under 16) - £16.20
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £4.20
Children under 5 - Free

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SO 185212  Lat: 51.88386 Long: -3.18449

A40 from Crickhowell towards Brecon, right onto the A479 (signed for Tretower) and left where signed it the village.
Bus 400m/430 yards, route no.X43, Brecon-Abergavenny
Bike NCN Route No.8 (8km/5mls)

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 11 miles from Abergavenny station

Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
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