The foundations of Caldicot Castle were laid down in the Norman era, but saw extensive use and further building works right up until relatively modern times. It was active as a military installation during the turbulent Middle Ages, when it belonged to the Earls of Hereford, and was later transformed into a handsome residence during the reign of Queen Victoria. There is little doubt that Caldicot has an exceptionally rich and varied history.
This history is reflected in the diverse collection of objects on view inside the castle. They range from the Victorian furniture originally used when it was a comfortable country home to interesting archaeological finds from the grounds and the local area.
Visit the castle today and you can not only take in the interior as it is now, but also roam across the 55 acres that make up Caldicot Country Park. There are large areas of woodland, a reach of the River Nedern, and pleasant open parkland to enjoy. The children’s activities centring around the woods and ponds are great for kids with an interest in the outdoors. There are waymarked walks for those who would rather take their time and relax.
Caldicot Castle offers one of the most complete snapshots of South Wales history of any attraction in the area, or it can simply be a wonderful spot for a picnic on a sunny afternoon. However you choose to enjoy it, there is a great deal to see and do here.
Address: Caldicot Castle and Country Park, Church Road, Caldicot
Postcode: NP26 4HU
Tel number: 01291 435090/420241
Web Address: www.caldicotcastle.co.uk
Opening Hours: The castle is open from 11am - 5pm, 1st April - 1st November. The country park is open all year round.
Admission Charges: Adults £3.85, Concession £2.55, Family £12.30 (2 adults + 3 children)
Parking Charges: Free
Group information: Group discount are available- please book in advance
Accessibility information: Castle staff and volunteers are sensitive to the needs of those with mobility difficulties, and much of the courtyard and lawn area is wheelchair accessible. However, the main towers are not. Accessible toilets are available in the car park.