We are trying to get lots of use from our CADW membership so this week we visited Raglan Castle. Raglan Castle is on the A40, just a thirty minute drive from Cardiff. The castle was one of the last to be built, it was started in 1430 and was used mainly as a fortified manor house although it did see some action during the civil war. We were really impressed with how much castle remains.
|Raglan Castle - Very Impressive|
We parked our car in the little car park in front of the castle and followed Bear through the gates.
|Bear is keen to get started|
Castle's are always a bit tricky with a toddler so we didn't climb all the stairs or explore everywhere. Parts of the castle are accessible to buggies but there are a lot of steps so we left ours and wandered around. There were towers and underground rooms. Doorways to here and there. Windows giving us a glimpse of another room or a view. A great place for children to play hide and seek. Bear is too little to go and hide so we threw stones into the moat.
|The Great Tower|
|Bridge across the moat to the Great Tower|
|Steps in the foreground lead down to the cellar|
|What has Bear found?|
|Beer! Well done Bear.|
|Bear found some old books in the library...|
|...and a fish being cooked by candlelight|
|Where are the ducks Grandad?|
|No ducks on the moat! Where have they gone?|
The views from the castle are wonderful, I am sure that from the towers they are stunning. We could see across the fields to Sugar Loaf and Blorenge. Even the A40 is hidden although we could still hear the sound of the traffic.
|Blorenge in the distance|
It was a beautiful day, lots of sunshine so we sat at one of the picnic tables and ate our lunch.
|Raglan Castle - A Picnic with a View|
|Dark Skies approaching, time to go.|
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was a great day for a picnic although there is a cafe on site we didn't visit. I am sure there are toilets and baby changing facilities in the cafe but we were happy with the toilets in a portacabin and changed Bear in the car.
Do you know where the ducks have gone? Bear likes ducks.
*We bought our own CADW membership
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