Free Day Out, Caldicot Castle

Hello readers. Many of you may know if you follow me on Twitter or know me in real life, I love castles. And yet Caldicot Castle, despite being very close to where I live is one I’ve never visited.

However this week Mr A is on holiday, so we decided to rectify that situation.

Caldicot Castle

Caldicot Castle from the front of the castle

Caldicot Castle is set in south Wales, not far from Chepstow and Newport. It is a medieval castle but has had extensive renovations over the last hundred years. So unlike many castles in the area which are magnificent ruins, Caldicot castle actually has rooms to explore.

The entrance to the castle

Entering the castle from the main carpark, visitors cross the the drawbridge and passed under the keep into the main courtyard. The keep is a mix of medieval walls and extensive Victorian rebuilding which was carried out by the Cobb family who bought the Castle in the late 1800’s.

The castle keep as seen from the Woodstock tower.

This form of rebuilding would certainly be frowned upon by modern castle keepers, but I personally think it is quite wonderful. It allows visitors to wander around real rooms rather than just the ruins.  For me it gave a real feel for what it might have been like to live in the castle in medieval times. I can imagine children visiting the castle would love to pretend they are  lords, ladies and knights.

The banqueting hall in the keep which can be hired out for parties and weddings.

To the left of the keep is the oldest parts of the castle. This tower, like the rest of the castle had been renovated in the early 1900’s.

The tower contains the castles dungeon, a dark and dismal hole in the ground.

I should issue a warning here to people who are frightened or allergic to bee stings. The walls either side of this tower have been taken over by bees as their home. We could see them buzzing about and found one of their hive entrances.

On the far side of the courtyard is the Woodstock Tower. This tower was built by Thomas of Woodstock who was a younger son of Edward III, and Constable of England during the reign of Richard II. Although the nobility wouldn’t usually spend much time in smaller castles like Caldicot, Thomas did spend time living there in 1381 during The Peasants Revolt.

Towards the end of WW2 there was a great shortage of housing in the local area. Geoffrey Cobb the owner of the castle at the time made several maisonettes in the castle for local people to rent. Evidence of this can be seen in the Woodstock tower today.

Would you fancy taking a bath there!?!?!?

Opening Times

Entry to the castle is free and it is open 11-4 Tuesday till Sundays unless they are hosting a wedding or party.

What else is there?

As well as exploring the castle, there is a decent sized playground adjacent to the car park for kids to play on. The castle has  some beautiful parklands which are dog friendly. Inside the castle is a small cafe which sells drinks and cakes and even alcoholic beverages for the non drivers.

Throughout the year Caldicot also holds special events, from medieval re-enactment days, food festivals,  pirate weekends and it is the end point of the Hoggin The Bridge event which involves a huge veriety of motorbikes. I plan on adding many of these to my diary for next year.

Have you ever been to Caldicot Castle?

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18 Comments

  1. Pickinguptoys

    October 19, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I haven’t been for years but went lots as a kids and my Mum has taken the kids for the fireworks for several years!Makes me want to go again now!

  2. Anne

    October 19, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Thank you for the tour. I’ve not been to Caldicot Castle but I have always enjoyed visiting castles. I have to admit, I do like it when you have actual rooms to explore, it makes it much more interesting and easier to see how they used to live. In my old home we lived just around the corner from Weoley Castle ruins. There was so little left of this castle, literally a stone layout with a few half walls. But then I also live not too far away from Warwick Castle which has rooms and so much to see and do.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      October 19, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Oh Warwick castle is on my wish list

  3. Talya

    October 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    You can’t beat a castle for a day out and what a little gem this is! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xoxo

  4. Karen, the next best thing to mummy

    October 19, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    When I was working as a registered child minder, I was always looking out for cheap or free days out, I did come across a few, but none were as good as this looks
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  5. Rhyming with Wine

    October 19, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Ooh I love a castle that you can explore. In fact we’ve been to a castle in Yorkshire today! I can’t help but be a bit morbidly fascinated by that dungeon. *shudders*. So atmospheric and your pics are great! #coolmumclub x
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  6. Alana - Burnished Chaos

    October 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I love visiting castles and this one looks great. It’s not often you find one with free entry these days either. Just wish we lived closer.
    #Coolmumclub

  7. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    October 22, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    We are planning to go to Wales next summer so will add this to our list of places to visit, thanks! #coolmumclub

  8. Sam - Stressy Mama

    October 23, 2017 at 7:40 am

    This sounds like a great place for a day out, with or without the kids. I haven’t visited any castles for a good few years, probably since I was a child actually. I really should start making more of an effort to take my little girl to places like castles as oppose to just the play centre all the time. #FamilyFunLinky

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      October 23, 2017 at 10:25 am

      They really are great fun for kids and are usually have specific kids activities too x

  9. Corinne Rodrigues

    October 23, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I’ve never visited a castle before – I live in India – but I’ve read so much about them that I’d love to visit a few.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      October 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Oh but you have such beautiful temples and palaces in India. I would like to see some of them one day x

  10. Helena

    October 23, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    We love a bit of history and a great place to explore so this is perfect for us. Thanks for sharing. #CoolMumClub

  11. Mother of 3

    October 23, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    How neat! I love exploring old homes and used to watch a show called America’s Castles… we have some pretty nice places but nothing quite this scale!

  12. relentlesslypurple

    October 24, 2017 at 7:57 am

    This looks brilliant, I do love castles! #familyfunlinky

  13. Tammymum

    October 25, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Aah this brought back some memories. I remember going here when I was a child, being. It far from me in Bristol. A few school trips perhaps. I’d love to go back and take my kids. It would be very nostalgic. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

  14. Ali Duke

    October 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    What an interesting place. We have been to a couple of castles near where we live, I love finding out about the history of places.
    #FamilyFun

  15. Mackenzie Glanville

    October 26, 2017 at 3:47 am

    History is truly amazing, Australia is such a young country we just don’t see things like this! Can’t wait to visit someday! Thanks for giving me a glimpse into this world #mg

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